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25 Super Easy Recipes To Boost Your Immune System

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25 Super Easy Recipes To Boost Your Immune System

They say that food is medicine. Below are 25 super easy recipes that utilize different ingredients to boost your immune system.

1. White Bean Dip

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    A dip filled with beans that are filled with beta glucan and zinc – all immune-boosting properties.

    2. Beet Hummus

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      Boost the healthy benefits of hummus by adding in beets in this recipe. Beets have nutrients that are responsible for immune support including vitamin C, folate, manganese, iron and phytochemicals, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

      3. Thyme-Roasted Marcona Almonds

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        Almonds have Vitamin E that helps to boost the immune system. Combined with thyme in this recipe, this snack acts as a  natural antiseptic.

        4. Olive Bruschetta

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          Olives have many fatty acids that aid in proliferation of immune supporting cells. Use it as a spread in this simple recipe.

          5. Chicken Pot Popovers

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            Chicken is a protein. Protein is the building block of the body, and the immune system. Use this fun recipe for a treat.

            6. Frozen Orange Pops

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              Oranges boast large amounts of Vitamin C that boosts the immune system. Make into frozen pops for an immune system snack.

              7. Salad Stuffed Popovers

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                The vegetables in this salad can help clear out any toxins and boosting your immune system.

                8. Grilled Salmon with Tomatoes & Basil

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                  Salmon has vitamin D, a nutrient that triggers the body’s immune cells that kill invading bacteria and viruses. Cook with tomatoes and basil in this easy recipe.

                  9. Green Smoothie

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                    The greens in this recipe are the powerhouse nutrition for vitamins A and C, as well as protein, fiber and calcium.

                    10. Mango Pudding

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                      Mangoes contain carotenoids that are converted into vitamin A, a nutrient that helps regulate the immune system, when consumed. Try this pudding with mango.

                      11. Raspberry Spoonbread

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                        Raspberries are full of healthy ingredients and properties such as fiber, protein, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin A, and Vitamin K that contribute to a health immune system. Try this simple recipe.

                        12. Maple Walnut Tapioca Pudding

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                          Try this pudding with walnuts that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E that together work wonders for your immune system.

                          13. Baked Apples with Dried Fruits Walnuts

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                            Combining two super foods in immune boosting, apples and walnuts, this dessert is a great way to prevent the cold.

                            14. Tomato Soup

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                              Tomatoes contain a carotenoid called lycopene, which has antioxidant properties. This soup is a filling way to take in the antioxidant properties of tomatoes.

                              15. Mango Agave Granola with Greek Yogurt

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                                This recipe includes yogurt that has live active cultures of friendly bacteria that are very helpful to the immune system.

                                16. Chickpea and Spinach Salad with Cumin Dressing and Yogurt Sauce

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                                  Chickpeas contain vitamin B6. One of this vitamin’s functions to support the immune system. Combine with spinach in this salad.

                                  17. Carrot Orange Juice

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                                    A juice containing carrots that contain carotenes that help nourish the thymus gland. The thymus gland is responsible for much of the immune-system functions.

                                    18. Cucumber Salad

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                                      Cucumbers are rich in potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, vitamins C, B1, B2, B6, PP, provitamin A. Cucumbers are beneficial for good blood circulation a main factor in boosting the immune system. Enjoy them in this salad.

                                      19. Lemon Chicken Breasts

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                                        Lemons are extremely high in vitamin C. Drench chicken in this immune boosting recipe.

                                        20. Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic

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                                          Green beans provide a boost to your immune system and contributes to the elimination of harmful free radicals. Eat with lemon and garlic for a powerful combination.

                                          21. Ginger Carrot Soup

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                                            Ginger is high in immune boosting and detoxifying properties. Mixed with carrots, this soup is a super food.

                                            22. Kiwi Watermelon Lime Juice

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                                              Kiwis has more Vitamin C than an orange. Mix in this smoothie recipe.

                                              23. Apple Tart

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                                                Apples are the most important source of pectin, a natural fiber that has many health benefits. Apples protects the body from viruses. Enjoy this apple tart.

                                                24. Coconut Water Smoothie with Mango Banana and Strawberries

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                                                  Nicknamed the “water of life,” coconut water delivers nutrients to the body while boosting the immune system. Use in this smoothie recipe.

                                                  25. Orange Ice Tea

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                                                    A study showed that immune system blood cells from tea drinkers responded five times faster to germs. Building on that, and adding in Vitamin C infused orange juice leads to a delicious iced tea.

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                                                    Last Updated on November 22, 2021

                                                    Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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                                                    Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

                                                    Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

                                                    During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

                                                    But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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                                                    Simplify

                                                    I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

                                                    Absolutely.

                                                    And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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                                                    If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

                                                    • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
                                                    • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
                                                    • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

                                                    Be Mindful

                                                    You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

                                                    Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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                                                    Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

                                                    Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

                                                    Reflect

                                                    As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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                                                    Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

                                                    But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

                                                    So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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