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Citrus white tea latte combines orange juice and white or green tea into an antioxidant-packed brew to help fight colds and flu.

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  • Citrus White Tea Latte

    Makes 2 servings


    2 cups orange juice

    1 cup water

    2 bags green or white tea

    1/4 cup agave nectar or honey

    1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

    1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

    1/2 cup almond milk

    Orange curl for garnish, optional

    Cinnamon stick, optional


    In medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, heat orange juice, water and tea bags for 3-1/2 minutes on HIGH. Stir in agave nectar or honey, orange zest and cinnamon and let tea steep for 4 minutes, then remove tea bags; reserve and keep warm.

    In medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, heat milk in microwave on HIGH for 70 seconds (to about 150 degrees F.). Beat hot milk with hand mixer (using just 1 beater) until frothy foam forms.

    Pour tea mixture into two large mugs and add frothy milk foam on top, dividing equally. Garnish with orange curl and cinnamon stick, if desired. Serve immediately.

    Recipe courtesy Florida Citrus Commission.

Fight cold, flu with citrus-laced latte

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Got the sniffles? You’re not alone. Cold and flu season has slammed California. If you’re not sick already, you likely know someone who is sneezing or coughing.

To help ward off cold and flu, fortify your immune system with plenty of Vitamin C and antioxidants. For example, an 8-ounce glass of orange juice contains 120 percent of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C plus folate, potassium and thiamin. Those all help support your immune system, the body’s natural mechanism to resist illness.

To boost your immune system, nutritionists and other health experts also recommend:

• Load up on fruit and vegetables: Consume at least five servings of fruit and vegetables each day to get a variety of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.

• Drink liquids: It’s important to stay hydrated — and it’s essential when you feel under the weather. Be sure to drink plenty of water and incorporate nutrient-dense beverages such as fruit juice or chicken broth into your diet.

Green tea also can boost your immune system. This recipe from the Florida Citrus Commission combines tea, orange juice and almond milk into a cold-busting latte. It may not cure the common cold, but it can make you feel better —and maybe keep you from catching a bug, too.

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