Growing up, there was only one occasion every year where I would drink hot apple cider. It was when my friends and I would go ice skating at our local park and warm up by buying one of the hot apple cider instant pouches that we would pour into a cup of hot water, mix up, and sip away. The cider was sweet, slightly spiced, and smelled like baked cinnamon apples. The whole combination of ice skating and sipping on hot apple cider is such a sweet memory that I have to this day. Since I get a lot of my recipe inspirations by the nostalgia of my childhood indulgences, this hot apple cider seemed appropriate to recreate with a more whole food approach. The result is an Immune Boosting Hot Apple Cider that is more decadent than a cup of tea but not as heavy as a mug of hot chocolate. It fits right in the middle.
So, what actually makes this hot apple cider immune boosting?
The addition of 100% apple juice and freshly squeezed orange juice brings vitamin C, which has potent antioxidant properties (1). Studies show that a lack of vitamin C in the body decreases immune function and increases the risk for infections, which is why adding foods with vitamin C into our diet can be such a benefit – and delicious! (1). Additionally, the turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger in this hot apple cider bring anti-inflammatory properties that help support your body’s own ability to defend itself (2). Our bodies are remarkable with their intricate abilities to fight off infection and re-establish homeostasis. By giving our body the nutrients that support this process can make it all the more intriguing to eat foods that work in alignment with our bodies.
So, let’s sip on some hot apple cider and give our bodies and little lovin’ while we’re at it, shall we?
Immune Boosting Hot Apple Cider
(2 servings, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy free, paleo)
- 2 cups 100% apple juice (the kind with no sugar added in the ingredient list)
- 1 cup water
- 1 small cinnamon stick (sub a dash of cinnamon, but may add a little grainy texture)
- 1/8 tsp clove powder
- 1/8 tsp turmeric powder
- Juice of 1/2 of an orange
- 1 tsp of freshly grated ginger (add more to taste or omit if preferred)
In a small pot, add the apple juice, water, cinnamon stick, clove powder, and turmeric powder. Stir occasionally and let the mixture heat through for a few minutes. Once the mixture is hot, squeeze in the juice of half an orange and add the freshly grated ginger. Heat for another minute and then turn off the heat and serve. Keep any leftovers in the fridge, just note that the flavors intensify as they sit and you may want to add more water when reheating! I hope you love it!
- Carr Ac, Maggini S. Vitamin C and Immune Function. Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29099763
- Kunnumakkara et al. Chronic diseases, inflammation, and spices: how are they linked? Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5785894/