Fight cold, flu with citrus-laced latte

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.