Boosting the Immune System and What to Eat When Unwell
Another week, another blog. This one is a goodie and one to keep for just in case you ever feel unwell. Every fourth blog will be dedicated to a subscriber’s request and actually I have a blog schedule happening that I am really enjoying right now
Week 1: Nutrient info
Week 2: Produce review
Week 3: Cooking tip
Week 4: Subscriber’s request
The first request is a big one. It’s for foods to eat when you are feeling under the weather for example if you get the flu or a cold. In past newsletters I have talked about how to boost the immune system and what is the very best thing to do in order to keep nasty lurgies away. I have recapped that now and then below that are some great easy recipe ideas for when you actually are sick (hoping that doesn’t happen but do save for just in case).
Veet’s 6 tips on Keeping the Immune System Healthy
- Buy organic seasonal food, eating plant based foods only
- Buy preservative free foods
- Eat wholefoods (stay away from processed foods)
- Include immune boosting foods: oranges and other fruits and veg high in vitamin C, cooked leafy greens, pumpkin, sweet potato, ginger, tumeric, herbs and spices, mushrooms.
- Soak beans, legumes and nuts especially almonds, cashews and Brazil nuts) to reduce the risk of malabsorption of iron and calcium. Cook all leafy greens (don’t eat raw; to remove oxalates).
- Ensure your zinc rich foods are a part of your daily diet (these foods will be listed in next week’s newsletter).
Recipes for when you are Unwell
When you have a flu there is every chance you wont want to eat, at least initially and then that leaves the body feeling even weaker. During this time it is vital to keep the fluids up and have someone make you an electrolyte drink
. Sip on this as much as possible.
At the same time you may want to also sip warm broth. Get a friend to make this for you or if you live solo then you can have broth already made in your freezer for times when you may need it.
2 cloves garlic (optional)
3 stalks celery
2 bay leaves
6 pepper corns or more
1½ tsp salt
1 large mushroom
Miso (A spoon or two. Optional)
Place everything in a saucepan with 2 litres water and bring to the boil then simmer for 30 minutes to an hour.
Strain the vegetables from the broth reserving the broth.
If you want to add some extra nutrition add a couple of spoons of miso to the broth. You may need to dilute with more water if too salty.
When you are feeling like you can eat and drink more and have some energy make ginger and turmeric tea with a good squeeze of lemon. Eat broccoli and add some spice to your food. Chilli is good, cayenne better.
Then to really boost your vitamin C make some Greek Lentil soup
. You can always have some frozen for those just in case moments. Add chilli to it if you can tolerate chilli.
# If you make this recipe please share on facebook or instagram to #veetsvegancookingschool
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