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The Blue & Gray Press | February 22, 2018

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Better homes and dorm rooms: fall immunity drink

By JUNE WALKER

apples4webDespite the unseasonably warm fall this year, the University of Mary Washington campus still has its fair share of germs passed around. Whether one is trying to keep healthy or fight off an illness, this simple immune beverage can help, and it also happens to be delicious. One must note, however, that Vitamin C is not the only factor for optimum immunity. Rest, relaxation and exercise are all known to be good for the immune system.
Vitamin C supplements are a popular choice for keeping healthy, but they are not always very tasty. Even with the market expanding to include fun new flavors, they sometimes still taste like medicine. One way to combat the not so pleasant experience of immunity boosting drinks is to add one of the most popular fall themed flavors out there: spiced apple cider. This twist on a classic Vitamin C drink can help make it more delicious and seasonably festive. As a bonus, it can be served either hot or iced. Total estimated cost per serving is about $1.15 to $1.65, depending on whether you buy the pumpkin pie spice to go with it.
Making this drink is simple. In a large coffee mug or cup combine the vitamin C, apple cider mix and pumpkin pie spice to taste. Add about half of the hot water, (or all for the iced version). Careful! Most vitamin C supplements are effervescent, which will cause it to fizz, so beware of potential overflow. Stir until the foam disappears, and add the rest of the water or the ice. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 packet orange flavored vitamin C supplement

1 packet dry Apple Cider mix
Pumpkin pie spice to taste (optional)

8-10 oz. hot water, or 4 oz. hot water and at least one cup of ice