Let Food Be Thy Medicine

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As we all have heard before, you are what you eat.  With that being said, it is important that we build up our immune systems, so that we are not susceptible to colds and viruses.

Here are some health-supportive foods to incorporate into your diet as flu season approaches.
 021) Garlic — is best consumed raw, however you can still crush, mince and chop it to throw in to your favorite tomato sauce or dressings.  It is known for its antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial properties.

 

 

 

o.101712) Ginger — this spicy root brings great flavor to your soups or stir-fries and can be grated into warm water for a delicious cup of tea.  Ginger is a great aid in digestion and calms nausea.

 

 

 

sweet-potato-nutritional-fact-versus-regular-potato 3) Sweet potatoes — a sweet root vegetable that goes great with kale in a saute.  Also, let’s not forget sweet potato fries (see recipe below). The beta carotene in sweet potatoes is known to help treat respiratory infections.

 

 

 

slider-medley4) Mushrooms – a wonderful vegetable to add to your omelet, or grill them and add to your salad. Mushrooms are loaded with antioxidants, which help build your immune system.

 

 

Red bell peppers5) Red bell peppers — can be eaten raw in a salad, roasted in the oven, or even grilled.  They have more vitamin C then oranges and are great for preventing sickness.

 

 

 

 

Sweet potato fries
2 large  sweet potatoes
1 ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

½ tsp. pink Himalayan salt
 (or any salt you have on hand)
½ tsp. paprika

¼ tsp. cinnamon 

 

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Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into strips that are about ½ inch wide.
Add oil, salt, paprika and cinnamon and spread on the potatoes, then onto the baking sheet in a single layer.
Cook for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes, until slightly browned.So stop by your farmers market and see what fresh local produce you can pick up to try some of these wonderful health-supportive ideas. It is fresher than anything at the super market, and therefore more nutritious!

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