Colds suck. Summer colds suck; winter colds suck. Colds especially suck when you absolutely, 100%, have to be somewhere and cannot just lie on your Kleenex-littered bed and watch Netflix while moaning. It doesn’t matter that your throat is sore, your head hurts, and you feel foggy and stuffed up—you have to leave the house. And, well, you’d like to not look sick while you’re at it. I know all too well how this goes, and I’ve got you covered. Mix up this fresh batch of raw juice that’s designed to get you up and at ’em in no time.
Note: If you don’t have a juicer, this would work in a blender. The juice will come out a lot thicker, but the raw nutrients will still be there.
1 Granny Smith green apple
Apples are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C, along with flavonoids, which are anti-inflammatory substances that help bolster the immune system.
1 peeled lemon
Lemons are basically yellow vitamin C containers, and their acidity also helps your body detox.
1 red bell pepper
Red bell peppers are also full vitamin C, and they have immune system–boosting phytochemicals.
3 large peeled oranges
Because oranges are for sickies. And while they of course contain vitamin C, they’re also the delicious backbone of flavor in this juice.
2 pieces of fresh ginger, each about the size of your thumb
If I could have made this drink 100% fresh ginger juice, I would have. (That would taste awful, never try that.) But ginger could not be more important when you have a cold: it’s an anti-inflammatory, it kills nausea and helps stop vomiting, and it’s a magic antimicrobial food that wants your cold dead.
1 oz. of apple cider vinegar (about a shotglass full, added to mixture after juicing)
This natural infection-fighter soothes sore throats while killing sickness-causing bacteria.
Wash everything and peel your citrus fruits (try to leave lots of the white pith, it’s good for you!) and combine everything but the apple cider vinegar in your juicer. If you’re blending, add a cup of water to help liquefy your fruit.
When the juice is ready, add the apple cider vinegar, then stir and drink! This recipe will make about 25 ounces of fresh juice, which you need to keep in the fridge in an airtight container and stir each time before drinking. Drink it all up within one day for best results. You’ll want to to do this anyway, because it helps the flavors come together in what may be the most delicious juice I’ve ever invented. It’ll be the color of an orange creamsicle and taste like orange-flavored ginger candy and dreams.