I truly believe that the best thing we can do in this crazy time is to maintain healthy habits, stay calm and positive and do whatever we can for our mental health. And SOCIAL DISTANCE (seriously – please stay in!). Everyone wants to boost their immune system (for good reason!) and there are some simple healthy habits to make sure you’re doing to do just that:
- Sleep! Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Many of you no longer have a commute time and none of us have social lives at night so you have no excuse anymore! Try to get 7-9 hours of sleep a night.
- Water. Water is sooooo key for so many bodily functions. I know it can be hard to get your water in, especially when you’re just sitting around home all day but find a way to make it work for you! Get a water bottle that encourages you to drink more. Set up a tracking system that the whole household can use. You’ve got this!
- Watch your sugar intake. Sugar can inhibit your immune response so be mindful of how much sugar you’re eating!
- Move. Movement is amazing for your immune system and your mental health. Double whammy! It doesn’t have to be anything extreme, a gentle yoga flow or walk outside is perfect.
Now of course what you eat matters too! There are many immune boosting ingredients you can work to incorporate – many are in the recipes listed below! I thought I’d round up some of my favorite immune-boosting recipes from the archives that can hopefully help inspire your meal plans this week:
10 Immune Boosting Recipes
Bone Broth – I have two different recipes on my site: one made in an InstantPot and one in a slow cooker! Bone broth is immune boosting and so comforting. Drink on it’s own or use in soups for a nourishing meal.
Immune Boosting Soup – packed full of vitamins and minerals from delicious ingredients like turmeric, kale and bok choy in a mushroom broth for a healthy vegetarian soup recipe.
Go-To Healing Bowl – This is my go-to healing bowl whenever I’m feeling under the weather or need a good immune-boost! It’s full of healthy ingredients like mushrooms, miso, chicken broth and veggies.
Kombucha – Have you ever wondered how to make kombucha? Save your money and brew your own homemade kombucha with this easy tutorial teaching you how PLUS fun flavor variations! Your budget and immune system will thank you.
Superfood Hot Chocolate – A drink that is both comforting and immune boosting? Sign me up. This hot chocolate made with superfoods is packed-full of immune-boosting, antioxidant-filled ingredients that make for one heck of cup of hot cocoa!
Kimchi Fried Rice – Healthy gut = healthy immune system. This fried rice with kimchi is the perfect easy weeknight dinner made in just one pan.
Broccoli with Miso Hemp Dressing – Did you know that broccoli is an immune boosting food? You’ll love it paired with the simple miso hemp dressing.
Matcha Turmeric Latte – A comforting drink that includes immune boosting turmeric + green tea. If you’re feeling anxious, this is a great swap for coffee in the AM!
Heirloom Carrot Ginger Soup – The nutritional powerhouse of carrots + ginger are perfect immune boosting ingredients.
Orange Radicchio Salad – Another immune boosting recipe thanks to the vitamins and minerals packed into the fruit and vegetables in this delicious salad!
Detox Vegetable Soup – When in doubt, increase your veggies! This soup is loaded with nutrient-dense ingredients and 8 different vegetables!
Remember: stay calm, stay positive, sleep, hydrate, eat well and social distance! We got this.
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