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    5 Natural Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System

    5 Natural Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System

    The immune system...it’s a hot topic these days, right? Everyone is talking about staying healthy and safe, especially as we enter the colder months of the year. Our families are the most important things to us, and while we can’t necessarily “see” our immune system, we need to care for it as one of our highest priorities when we think about caring for our family. Don’t let your life get so busy that you forget these 5 easy and natural ways to keep your family healthy this winter:

    1. Let them sleep! Aim to give your kiddos, at minimum, 8 hours of sleep...10 is even better. That means to turn off screens at least 1 hour prior to bed and set consistent bedtime and wake up routines. 
    2. Limit sugar. I know, this isn’t a popular one. My kids ask for a “special treat” every night and are shocked when I tell them they can’t have one (what makes it special if you get one every day??). But sugar is the enemy to our immune systems. Cutting back on soda, sweets, candy, baked goods and processed foods in general will put your family at a significant advantage when it comes to strong immune systems. Raw honey is a GREAT alternative (in moderation of course). Here’s our entire line of raw and infused flavored honey. They are so so good.
    3. Put a whole food on every plate. Ok, I’m not the best at eating 100% whole foods but I guarantee you can’t afford NOT to eat whole this winter, as our bodies need these vital nutrients from plants. So as a busy mom, I make it my daily goal to get at least one whole food on everyone’s plate. Our go-to foods? Apples, bananas, bell peppers (red ones are the best!), carrots, broccoli and strawberries. For an amazing smoothie recipe, check out our blog here
    4. Take elderberry daily. Ok, I know this may seem like a shameless plug for my own product, but I’m so serious. Taking elderberry syrup or gummies daily can give your family the support their immune systems need, especially when they may be exposed to illness around them. My kids love both our syrup and gummies, but I try my best to keep them taking the syrup because it contains raw honey that contains natural enzymes to help their bodies fight infection. Just 1 teaspoon or 1 gummy daily for kids, 1 tablespoon or 2-3 gummies daily for adults. It’s so easy and so delicious.
    5. Get outside and get moving. Our Vitamin D levels tank in the winter so getting at least 30 minutes of direct sunlight can help. Also, a goal to get at least 30 minutes of exercise 3x weekly can significantly support your body’s overall health and wellness. For your kiddos, that means a walk to the park, a game of tag in the front yard...get creative! One of my good friends has an amazing woman-owned small business called OKO Weekly where you can get videos of workouts designed specifically for kids age 3-5 years old. For those cold winter months, it’s the perfect way to make sure your kids are getting regular exercise!

    I’m a BIG proponent of not overloading our schedules and responsibilities with unnecessary busy-work, so I hope these 5 natural ways to build strong immune systems don’t feel like extra work, but empowering ideas to help your family to experience a healthy winter. As always, feel free to comment below with any other tips you use to keep your family healthy. Happy fall everyone!

    Elderberry Jello Snack

    Elderberry Jello Snack

    Jello is always a fun snack to have for the kids so why not add some Elderberry in there to add some health to the fun. We have found the perfect recipe to enjoy Elderberry Jello snacks for both in the house and on your way out of the house. 

    Ingredients

  • ½ cup tart cherry juice
  • ¼ cup gelatin
  • 1 cup Elderberry Syrup from The Elderberry Co
  • ¼ cup Honey from The Elderberry Co

  • Instructions

  • Heat cherry juice and ¼ cup elderberry syrup until almost boiling.
  • Remove from heat and stir in gelatin until dissolved.
  • Stir in The Elderberry Co. Elderberry Syrup and Honey.
  • Pour mixture into a mold of your preference, we love these ones on Amazon!
  • Put molds into the refrigerator for two hours or until mixture has set.
  • Enjoy!
  • How to Make Your Own Elderberry Popsicles

    How to Make Your Own Elderberry Popsicles

    If you have been with us for a while, you might remember we used to make popsicles for our local customers and they were a fan favorite! For those of you who are new or haven’t been with us for as long, our popsicles served as a treat to make those hot summer days a little bit cooler. We get asked for the popsicles a lot, but have not found a way to make them shippable…. yet ;)

    We know our customers are always looking for ways to support their immune system and keep their families healthy! We thought it would be fun to give you some recipes over the next few blogs as a way to bring a little fun to your daily dose of Elderberry Syrup! Whether that’s through popsicles, drinks, smoothies, and so on, we want you to be fully confident that you are staying healthy while being able to use our syrup in different ways. 

    We have an AWESOME popsicle recipe for you to make your own popsicles with our Elderberry Syrup at home! 

    Why Popsicles? We say, why not popsicles?

    They’re a delicious treat everyone loves, ESPECIALLY kids! It’s a bonus that this recipe is a healthy one! 

    5 items to make a tasty popsicle:

    • 4 Tablespoons of The Elderberry Co. Syrup
    • 2 Tablespoons of Our local raw honey if you would like it a little more sweet
    • 1 cup of Organic Apple Juice (100%)
    • ½ cup of organic Cranberry juice (100%)
    • 1 cup of coconut water
    • Juice of 1 lemon

    Directions-

    1. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher (Makes it easier to pour) and stir well.
    2. Pour the mixture into Popsicle Molds and freeze for at least 6 hours until completely frozen. We’ve included a link to a BPA free silicone Popsicle mold from Amazon that we love! 
    3. If you are using molds, you may run warm water over the molds for 15 seconds once they are frozen. This will help to release the ice pop.
    4. Enjoy your tasty Elderberry Popsicle. 

    Let us know in the comments what recipe kind of recipe you would like to see next!

     

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    https://black-elderberry.com/elderberry-ice-pops/



    Aronia Berries? Never Heard of Them...

    Aronia Berries? Never Heard of Them...

    What sets us apart from other Elderberry Syrup brands?

    This is a question we receive on a regular basis.  Now, I know we are biased, but there are several significant ways our Elderberry Syrup is above and beyond other brands out there...free shipping, no added sugar or preservatives, brewed fresh weekly and... (drum roll, please) aronia berries! Usually when I say “aronia berries”, people look at me like I have ten heads. Well, their common name is “chokeberry” and they are AMAZING.

    When I first started making syrup in my home kitchen, I only used elderberries in the recipe. I didn’t even know aronia berries existed! Then a sweet older couple at our Farmer’s Market introduced them to me and asked me to make a batch using fresh ones from their farm. I eagerly went home and researched aronia berries. Once I learned all about the benefits, there was no way I couldn’t include them in my recipe! They enhanced the flavor, made our syrup a brighter pink and added so much strength in terms of immune support!

    Aronia berries are a small, round fruit found in North America. They contain high levels of antioxidants which makes it one of the highest antioxidant content of any fruit (even elderberries)! When it comes to antioxidants, studies have shown they help reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, inflammation, bacterial infections and many others. These berries also contain tons of vitamins and minerals, including zinc, magnesium, iron and vitamins C, B and K. 

    If you are looking for ways to add aronia berries into your daily routine other than our elderberry syrup, here are some helpful ideas! They can be eaten fresh or as a dried snack, make a refreshing summer smoothie, easily add them into some sweet desserts, make a delicious jam, and they can also be found in some teas, coffee and even wine! 

    Let’s break down the health benefits a little bit more here! As always, we recommend checking with your care provider when beginning any health regimen.

    • Offer overall improvement of the circulatory, respiratory, and digestive  systems
    • Help combat the growth of certain cancers
    • Support the immune system and help fight diseases and infection

    Be sure to check out some recipes below of how you can use aronia berries!

    https://smoothiefairytales.com/aronia-berry-smoothie/

    https://www.vibrantplate.com/aronia-oatmeal-crumble-bars-vegan/

    https://www.ediblewildfood.com/aronia-berry-cookies.aspx

    http://www.nonasnutritionnotes.com/aronia_berries/

    https://mummysfastandeasy.com/2019/08/16/no-bake-aronia-berry-cheesecake/

    Have you used aronia berries in a recipe that you love? Share the recipe with us, we would love to hear about it!