10 Immune Boosting Recipes To Try This Winter
It has been said, “let food be thy medicine” – eating nutritional foods can improve overall health and boost your immunity especially during cold and flu season.
Of course I don’t believe just kicking meds to the curb or avoiding the doctor is wise but at this point during the winter when germs are running amuck, I will do just about anything to boost my immunity which includes eating a nutritious, well rounded diet.
In fact, being that I am less than two weeks away from undergoing major surgery, it is VITAL that I stay healthy or else I won’t be able to get the surgery that I so strongly advocated for. Given that I am currently fighting a wee bit of a cold, I will take all the help I can get to kick it and get back to being 100 percent ASAP.
SO, I did a little research to find the TOP immune boosting foods and then rounded up a few of my recipes that so happened to include them.
Each of these recipes contain everyday kind of foods except that these specific foods are said to help strengthen the immune system and shield against all those nasty cold and flu germs.
I came up with digestive elixir right after I got out of my five day hospital stay this past May. It contains a host of healing ingredients including ginger which has been said to help with congestion, prevent viruses and reduce inflammation.
Like the digestive elixir, this smoothie contains ginger but the star of the show is the carrots which contain beta carotene, which is a powerful phytonutrient that boosts the immune system.
This recipe is one that might seem a little odd given the combination of cantaloupe and kale but they both are rich in Vitamin C which helps to shorten the length and severity of cold symptoms. It is also low histamine approved.
Another low histamine recipe that is packed with immune boosting and cold-fighting foods is this black rice pudding. Mangoes are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals and the black rice is full of antioxidants not to mention helps fight fatigue!
Another way to include carrots in your diet (and one of my favs) is by roasting them. This recipe also includes some healthy asparagus which is a good source of fiber and vitamins along with carrots greens with are high in vitamin C!
The veggies in this shaved salad help to strengthen the immune system plus the fennel can help to settle an upset stomach!
I will literally find ANY way to eat sweet potatoes, including in my salads. Like carrots, sweet potatoes are also rich in beta carotene which help to boost the immune system. This salad also includes blueberries which are high in antioxidants along with healthy leafy greens.
Speaking of greens, have you ever tried broccolini? It’s rich in vitamin C which can help ward off colds but as far as immune boosting goes, the mushrooms are the star here. They’re full of beta glucan which can help fight disease!
Another one of my fav dishes that includes disease fighting mushrooms is this Vegan Hashweh or “Rice Stuffing”.
Last but certainly not least is this Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash recipe. Out of all the recipes on the list, this one probably gives you the biggest bang for your buck as far as fighting colds is concerned. Not only does the garlic increase the rate at which natural killer cells are made, the cauliflower is rich in glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that helps fight off infection!
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