Tuesday, December 6, 2011

10 Ways to Enjoy Elderberry Syrup and Boost Our Immune Systems

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.

4. Elderberry lemonade.

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.

9.  Elderberry maple syrup.

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?

I'm sharing ideas this week at 


Kindra-At Home With K said...

I'm sorry I haven't visited your blog yet...but I'm your newest follower so I don't miss out now. I see you are from Nebraska! So am I...we live just south of Lincoln. So glad to meet you!
Our family eats organic and all natural foods. We took all the artificial junk out because it was literally making us sick. So we learned the hard way. :(
Now I need to look into elderberry. :)

Caroline said...

Apple cider looks good! Lots of uses for this syrup.

Olah Momma! said...

Oh, yes! Apple cider for me please:)

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The 21st Century Housewife© said...

I never have tried elderberry syrup, but it sounds like a very good idea. I like the different ways you have found to serve it too, particularly with the apple cider. Thank you for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul hop.

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JES said...

Hello there! Thank you for joining in our elderberry link up! It is exciting to see the collection grow :) I like the idea of the elderberry lemonade. Will definitely try that. The elderberry sparkling drink is already a hit in these parts!

We also have a homemaking link up on Mondays if you care to join in!

May you have a warm and cozy winter :)