The daily news cycle is full of stories of COVID-19. So we all know by now just how much the coronavirus is affecting people all over the world. While there is plenty of advice on how to minimise our risks, the number one thing we should all being doing is ensuring our immune systems are well equipped to deal with any virus.
The Healthy Mummy is here to help
With this in mind, the nutrition team at The Healthy Mummy has developed The Immunity Boosting Program, starting 30 March. As well as boosting your immune system, the program is budget-friendly (all meals are under $2.50) and is designed to help you lose weight too.
They’ve brought the yum factor
The program includes over 70 immune-boosting recipes and The Healthy Mummy nutritionist, Cheree Sheldon has shared some of her favourites as well as their immune-boosting properties:
Superfood Rocky Road
This recipe contains super-antioxidant goji and cranberries which are a great source of vitamin C. Pumpkin seeds are included too and they are an excellent source of zinc. When your immune system needs help, it uses lots of vitamin C and zinc, so including more throughout your day will support your body’s ability to fight off invaders.
Chocolate Cinnamon Buns
Cinnamon is a spice that is highly antibacterial. It can be used therapeutically as an alternative to antibiotics, especially for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. Including psyllium husks helps feed the gut microbiome, which supports a healthy immune system.
Loaded Potato with Spiced Salsa and Cheese
Chilli and garlic are so good for immunity. Garlic is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral. It is used to protect against the common cold and influenza. Chilli is a powerful antioxidant and stimulates the production of immune cells in the body.
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Healthy Chicken Kiev
Make sure you get that fresh lemon juice in your meal so you can support immunity even more. It fends off damage from free radicals as it’s rich in antioxidants. Combine that with the natural cell-boosting properties from garlic and you have a virus killer meal!
Sweet Potato and Chicken Massaman Curry
The curry paste that is the base of this recipe contains some germ butt-kicking herbs and spices that really support immune function. Ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and cardamom are all warming spices that will boost metabolism and help the immune system be more effective. The added bonus is that most of these spices also have antibacterial and antiviral properties too!
Sweet and Sour Cauliflower with Fried Rice
This dish provides over 100 percent of your recommended vitamin C intake. In times of stress and illness, vitamin C is used in higher amounts by the immune system to fight infections.
Thai Vegetarian Red Curry
Lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves are amazing for immunity. Lemongrass has been shown to protect against antibiotic-resistant bacteria and actually inhibits inflammatory markers in the body. Kaffir lime also has antibacterial compounds and is rich in antioxidants.
Packed full of veggies, these nuggets are a great way to eat the rainbow and make sure you are getting the nutrients you need to support your immunity. This dish will give you a third of your daily zinc needs and 100 percent of vitamin A, another vitamin that works hand in hand with immune function.
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