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25 Super Easy Recipes To Boost Your Immune System

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 January 21, 2020

                                                    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                                    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                                    Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                                    your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                                      Why You Need a Vision

                                                      Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                                      How to Create Your Life Vision

                                                      Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                                      What Do You Want?

                                                      The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                                      It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                                      Some tips to guide you:

                                                      • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                                      • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                                      • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                                      • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                                      • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                                      Some questions to start your exploration:

                                                      • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                                      • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                                      • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                                      • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                                      • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                                      • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                                      • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                                      • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                                      • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                                      • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                                      • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                                      It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                                      What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                                      Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                                      A few prompts to get you started:

                                                      • What will you have accomplished already?
                                                      • How will you feel about yourself?
                                                      • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                                      • What does your ideal day look like?
                                                      • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                                      • What would you be doing?
                                                      • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                                      • How are you dressed?
                                                      • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                                      • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                                      • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                                      It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                                      Plan Backwards

                                                      It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                                      • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                                      • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                                      • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                                      • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                                      • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                                      • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                                      • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                                      • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                                      • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                                      Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                                      It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                                                      Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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