One big reason I am giving thanks is that I have not gotten sick lately. Everyone else in my family has come down with one minor illness or another in recent weeks. But I have been graciously spared, despite my undisciplined sleep habits. I have had people praying for my health and have been consuming elderberry syrup. I recommend both.
My kids don't mind the flavor of the syrup, but they dislike taking it straight, protesting that it's much too sweet and/or sticky. They also gag on liquid Tylenol for the same reasons.
So I've come up with ten ways to enjoy elderberry syrup mixed with other edible delights.
1. Elderberry apple cider.
This is my oldest daughter's favorite way to have elderberry syrup. I prefer cider without chemical preservatives, and I can find it at Trader Joe's.
2. Elderberry herbal tea.
3. Elderberry mixed with fruit spread.Delicious on toast, it also works in a nut butter and jelly sandwich.
5. Elderberry mixed fruit smoothie.
6. Elderberry mixed with blueberry kefir.
7. Elderberry oatmeal.
8. Elderberry applesauce.
I've once made elderberry applesauce from whole berries that we picked locally, but the syrup also blends nicely with homemade or store-bought applesauce.
10. Elderberry sparkling juice.
So far we've tried two different brands of elderberry syrup. One has added herbs besides elderberry (horehound and wild cherry bark) that make it unwise for me to take during pregnancy. Thus, I've been using plain elderberry syrup from Nature's Way.
Have you ever tasted elderberry syrup?