Give your body a leg-up with these immune-boosting recipes. All contain a generous dose of nutrients you need to stay healthy during this pandemic.
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11 Immune Boosting Recipes to Keep the Doc Away
1. Tumeric Vegetable Soup
You can never have too many vegetables if you want to keep your immune system in tiptop shape. This vegetable soup also contains turmeric (known for its anti-inflammatory properties) for a more significant immunity boost.
Health and comfort need not be mutually exclusive with this warm, hearty congee. It contains ginger, a powerful antioxidant that can help you ward off those colds.
Tip: This recipe uses brown rice, which keeps your gut working the way it should, but you can replace it with oats or quinoa.
3. Banana Sweet Potato Pumpkin Bread
This sweet banana bread creatively sneaks in some good-for-you vegetables like pumpkin and sweet potatoes into the mix. Perfect for getting picky eaters to eat some immune-boosting vegetables without them noticing.
4. Citrus and Goat Cheese Smoked-Chicken Salad
A healthy dose of Vitamin C keeps the doctor away, and this citrus and goat cheese smoked-chicken salad has it in spades. Who said eating healthy must be boring?
5. Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
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One bowl of chicken noodle soup helps you clear a stuffy nose and fight off a cold. This one’s also a cinch to make with an Instant Pot.
6. Eggplant Parmigiana
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This rich and delectable eggplant parmigiana isn’t your typical “healthy food” fare, but it still fills you up with some immunity boosters. Eggplants aren’t only helping you take less sick days, but they’re also rich in nasunin.
What is Nasunin? It’s a flavonoid-family substance that has strong antioxidant properties and helps your brain gets the nutrients it needs.
7. Creamy Avocado Cauliflower Rice
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Avocado and cauliflower bring out the best in each other in this immune-boosting recipe. Both are rich in antioxidants that can help you protect yourself from various chronic diseases, including cancer.
8. Bone Broth
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Bone broth remains a staple in any healthy diet for a variety of reasons. It’s good enough on its own, or as a base for other recipes.
9. Kale, Potato, and Fennel Hash
One rule of thumb when planning for immune-boosting recipes is to eat a rainbow’s worth of colors. A colorful dish signifies a wide range of nutrients available in just one bowl.
The melting pot of colors and flavors in this kale, potato, and fennel hash is a testament to this. For a spicier kick, add some hot sauce.
10. Green Goddess Soup
If the warm months call for refreshing smoothies, the colder months call for some warm, comforting soup. Who knew this unassuming green soup could pack so much flavor and goodness?
Tip: Vegans can replace the chicken broth this dish calls for with water or vegetable broth.
11. Honey Roasted Parsnips and Carrots
This is a healthier take on the classic French fries. They’re baked (not fried) and especially best sprinkled with some salt and pepper.
Interested to know other foods that help boost your immune system? Check this video from MEDSimplified:
These immune-boosting recipes contain all the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy, no matter what lifestyle you lead. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these out and stay tuned for more.
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