Now that we’re all stocked up on toilet paper (welcome to #COVID2019), let’s focus on what we else we need to do. Even with our best attempts to avoid other people, not touch our face, and incessantly wash our hands, most of us will be exposed and likely contract coronavirus. Nutrition is critical to immune response. Malnutrition is the most common cause of immunodeficiency. Most Americans are overweight and undernourished. Fast, processed food does not support health.
As everything is being canceled, we all have more time. No more excuses. Stock up on ginger, turmeric, garlic, greens, citrus fruits (oranges, lemons and limes), berries and ground flax seed. Boost your immune system three meals a day. Cook, bake, Juice, blend, drink, chew and slurp. Repeat. Use this time to teach your kids to do the same. Food is medicine.
P.S. If you know any healthcare workers, make some for them. Our soldiers on the front line are heading into battle.
Here’s two recipes to get you started.
While this smoothie is delicious, it is also very powerful medicine. It contains super foods and spices that will heal your gut, support your immune system and regulate your hormones. However, if you don't want to add all three spices (ginger, cinnamon and turmeric), pick one or reduce amount until your taste buds adjust.
Combine all ingredients together in a blender and blend very well until smooth. Pour into glasses and enjoy this medicinal, healing remedy!
Feel free to double this recipe. Seal and refrigerate. Enjoy the ease of leftovers for a few days.
Double Down: Save time and double or even triple this recipe. Leftovers make life easy. Seal in a jar and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Shake well before drinking.
Super Greens Immune Boosting Soup
Super Greens Immune Boosting Soup has all the nutrients you need to survive cold and flu season. Every ingredient nourishes body, mind and soul. Dark leafy greens and lemons/limes are filled with vitamin C and other antioxidants. Garlic fights infections, ginger clears toxins and turmeric is a strong anti-inflammatory. Shallots and celery are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals and supports digestive health.
Loosely chop the vegetables, garlic and ginger. The soup will be pureed, so don't spend too much time.
In a stock pot, saute shallots with water until caramelized (stringy and brown). This takes about 10 minutes. Splash with water to avoid sticking. Add celery and saute until almost soft (about 3 minutes). Add garlic, zucchini and chopped ginger. Use more water as needed to prevent sticking. Cook until zucchini is soft (another 3-4 minutes).
Add veggie stock, cumin, coriander, turmeric and coconut milk. Whisk thoroughly and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add greens and stir until they are bright green and soft.
Allow soup to cool a bit before transferring to a blender. Pour half of soup into the blender, and transfer the rest into a large bowl. Blend until creamy and smooth. Transfer back into stock pot.
Stir in lemon or lime juice. Garnish with garbanzo beens, red pepper flakes, or yogurt. Serve hot or cold.
Super greens immune boosting soup is the equivalent of a power smoothie. Don't feel bound by the ingredients listed. You can make substitutions or add more! Broccoli, cauliflower, potato, and even a can of lentils will add creaminess without disturbing the flavor profile. And if you have more than 10 cups of greens, keep going.
Veggie Broth vs. Bouillon: Store bought organic veggie broth can be very expensive. I use Organic Better than Bouillon Vegetable Base, which allows me to make as little (or as much) as I need without paying $1/cup (it's about $0.20 cents/cup).
Colleen Kachmann is a health coach, writer, teacher, yogi, mother of 4 (+3 bonus stepkids), and personal chef. She has a B.S. in education from Indiana University, and a master of science in health coaching from International Health Coach University. She also successfully completed the Women’s Functional & Integrative Medicine Professional Training Program through the Women’s Integrative Medicine Institute. Buy her book on Amazon. Find her on Twitter Pinterest Instagram YouTube Facebook