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.
1) 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.
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.
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
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!