The ingredients in this soup are super nutritious and a great way to incorporate immune boosting foods and herbs into your diet. Brown rice, contains an abundance of nutrients, including magnesium. Astragalus and shiitake mushrooms in this soup are strong immune boosting herbs. Ginger and onions are anti-microbial. All these ingredients make this soup not only a good food for your immune system but also a great option to eat when you are suffering from a cold or flu. The flavor is pretty neutral. So you can add other herbs and spices if you want to change the flavor. You can also try it by itself or add more vegetables or chicken.
These almonds make a great topping for salads or simply as a healthy snack any day. Soak your almonds overnight before using them in this recipe to minimize the phytic acid. Therefore making them more digestible. This recipe is super simple and quick to make.
2 cups of raw almonds (soaked overnight)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1-2 teaspoons chili powder (depending on your taste)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
Add nuts and oil to a pan, sprinkle with chili powder and salt and toast for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from heat, add lime juice and cilantro and stir. Transfer nuts to a plate or baking sheet and let them cool. Store in airtight container.
1 apple, cut in quarters away from the core
1 carrot, cut in half
1 stalk of celery, cut in half
1 cup of frozen mango
Juice of 1 lemon
1 small piece of fresh ginger root
1 cup of coconut water
Place ingredients in your high-speed blender. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes, stopping intermittently if ingredients need to be mixed.
Pumpkin soup (and pumpkin in general) is a great dish to incorporate into your diet during the fall and winter seasons to help you stay healthy. This is due to pumpkin being an extremely nutrient-dense food; meaning it is full of vitamins and minerals. In addition, the spices in pumpkin soup are antimicrobial. Do not limit yourself to pumpkin soup, as there are many creative ways pumpkin can be incorporated into your diet, including desserts, soups, salads, and preserves.
Heat the oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Sauté until golden (about 10 minutes). Add the pumpkin, broth, sugar, allspice, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat. Cover and simmer until flavors blend (about 30 minutes). Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender until smooth. Return the soup to the pot. Bring the soup to a simmer, thinning with coconut milk to the desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls. Sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds, drizzle with a teaspoon of coconut milk and serve.
Antimicrobial foods are an effective way of providing what your body needs to fight or prevent infection. Foods have been used for thousands of years to heal people and what worked then still works today. Therefore, this cold/flu season incorporate as much anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and immune boosting foods in your diet as possible, such as garlic, onions, honey, bell peppers, cabbage, raw apple cider vinegar, turmeric, coconut oil, home-made soups and chai tea. Additionally, add fall and winter spices to your foods, like cinnamon, ginger, oregano, thyme, clove, and nutmeg. And always remember to “Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.”
Coconut water is produced naturally in the fruit and contains 94% water and very little fat.
The health benefits of coconut water include:
Coconut milk is known as one of the world's healthiest foods and it is considered it has been considered a “miracle liquid” by ancient cultures. Coconut milk builds up the body’s immune defenses and prevent disease. Other health benefits of coconut milk include:
A small pinch of Himalayan or sea salt, just enough to bring out the flavors.
If needed, remove seeds. Blend all ingredients until smooth (makes one serving). You may add honey, agave or maple syrup to sweeten. However, I find it that the watermelon sweetness is enough to make this smoothie taste delicious and it keeps the drink low in calories.
Fill the jar to the top with raw honey, leaving about ¼ – ½ inch at the top. Cover the jar with a lid and allow to sit in a cool, dark, dry place for 2-4 weeks. Use as needed.
Toni is a Best-selling author, Holist Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, an Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP for over 13 years, she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.