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5 Honey-Based Drinks To Boost Immunity

By October 22, 2020April 6th, 2022Blog

Raw honey is not only food that tastes absolutely delicious but can provide our bodies with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to strengthen our immune systems. It’s not just fat and cholesterol-free, but studies have shown honey lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol by 6-11% and increase HDL(good cholesterol by about 3%. Raw honey also contains powerful antioxidants proven to reduce the risk of heart disease and boost immunity.
With the ongoing pandemic and the winter feeling closer every day, it has become all the more important for us to boost our immune system as much as we can.

Find below five easy honey-based drinks that will boost your immune system:

Detox Honey Turmeric Tea: A perfect combination of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients. Turmeric is a potent liver cleansing spice; hence it boosts immunity by improving liver function. The addition of ginger and honey doubles the anti-inflammatory results.

  • Recipe By NDTV Food
  • Recipe Servings 2
  • Prep Time 5 mins
  • Cook Time 5 mins
  • Total Time 10 mins
  • Difficulty Level Easy

Ingredients:

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp ginger, chopped

3 tsp honey

2 cups water

How to make:

1 Take a bowl, add water and heat.

2 Bring it to simmer, add turmeric and ginger.

3 Keep boiling the water till reduced to half.

4 Stop the heat and add the honey to taste.

  Serve Hot.

Banana Honey Smoothie: A thick, slushy smoothie with the goodness of bananas, honey and pumpkin seeds

  • Recipe By NDTV
  • Food Recipe Servings 2
  • Prep Time 10 mins
  • Total Time 10 mins
  • Difficulty Level Easy

Ingredients:

400 ml. yoghurt

2 Bananas

3 tsp honey

2 tsp pumpkin seeds

10 ml water

How to make:

1 Put yoghurt and bananas in a blender.

2 Add 3 tsp of honey, 2 tsp of pumpkin seeds, add a dash of water

3 Give it a good whisk till smooth.

Garnish with pumpkin seeds and honey.

Honey Lemon Ginger Tea: Brew up an aromatic cuppa of tea spiced with ginger, sweetened with honey.

  • Chef NDTV Food
  • Recipe Servings 3
  • Prep Time 5 mins
  • Cook Time 10 mins
  • Total Time 15 mins
  • Difficulty Level Easy

Ingredients:

3 Cups Water

1 tsp Ginger, finely chopped

1 tsp Tea leaves for every cup

1 tsp Lemon juice

3 tsp Honey

How to Make:

1 In a pan, heat 3 cups of water.

2 Before it begins to boil, add ginger.

3 Just as it starts to boil, add the tea leaves and lemon juice.

4 Lastly, add honey to taste, give it a swirl and serve

  Strain it into a cup and enjoy!

Granola Fruit Smoothie: A high-protein, wholesome smoothie that boasts of bananas, flaxseeds, honey, cinnamon and a delightful crunch of granola! The wonderful combination of cinnamon and honey makes this drink a perfect immunity-boosting meal.

  • Chef Nitin Mathur
  • Restaurant Tiqri, Taj Santacruz
  • Recipe Servings 2
  • Prep Time 10 mins
  • Total Time 10 mins
  • Difficulty Level easy

Ingredients:

banana, sliced

One medium apple

1/3 plain Greek yoghurt

1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

3 tsp honey

1 tbsp flaxseed

1/2 cup granola

1/4 cup ice

How to make:

1 Crush granola coarsely in the blender.

2 Add greek yoghurt, soy milk, and honey to blend well.

3 Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.

4 Granola smoothie is ready. Enjoy!

Kadha Chai Recipe: Kadha has been the quintessential solution to health in India since time immemorial. Here is a kadha chai recipe that you can prepare at home in no time.

  • Chef Jagdish Kumar
  • Restaurant NRI Chaiwala
  • Recipe Servings 2
  • Prep Time 2 mins
  • Cook Time 5 mins
  • Total Time 7 mins
  • Difficulty Level Easy

Ingredients:

2 tsp black tea leaves

2 cups water

Bay leaves

1/2 tbsp carom seeds

2 Black pepper

2 Cloves

Green cardamom

1 tbsp ginger, grated

1-inch turmeric root

1 tbsp lemon juice

 Honey to taste

How to Make:

1 Take a pan and start heating water on high heat.

2 Once the water starts boiling, add the black tea leaves and all ingredients except lime juice and honey.

3 Keep it covered for a minute, strain the green tea into the teacups and add lime juice.

4 Lastly, add honey to taste, give it a swirl and serve.

5 Enjoy!

Note that honey should never be cooked or boiled as it may lose some vital properties. Instead, always add the honey at the end in hot beverages like tea.

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