Winter Immune Boost
Are you one of those people that never gets sick or one that seems to get hit with every bug that’s floating around?
In my life, I’ve been both. I used to get sick all of the time, catching almost every little cold & virus that I was exposed to. One of the biggest benefits I experienced when I began to eat lots of fresh, living food was that my immune system became stronger than I ever thought possible. It’s a very powerful feeling to know that I could take control of such a crucial part of my wellness. I definitely attribute my immune system’s dramatic improvement to a clean diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals & probiotics.
Unfortunately, many people find it really difficult to commit to eating any raw foods during the winter season, when all of these illnesses are at their height of annoyance. The colder weather turns us to heavier, cooked comfort foods and away from fresh vegetables and fruits. Thought it is not necessary to eat exclusively raw foods to receive the benefit, I encourage you to try to incorporate a few vibrant raw dishes per day to keep your immune system running strong.
Find a way to include raw foods that will work for you. Maybe you have a green smoothie in the morning along with a piping hot cup of tea. You can always blend ginger into your smoothie to promote internal warmth. Or perhaps you’ll have a salad for lunch, alongside a hot bowl of miso soup. Maybe you can commit to a scoop of sauerkraut on top of that big bowl of chili. Whatever it is, play around until you find something that is sustainable for your lifestyle.
There are certain foods that are known for their immune supporting properties and it is nice to favor these during the cold winter months. I created a salad using some of my favorites to share with you. Enjoy this on its own or next to your favorite cooked meal—either way experiencing the benefits. Here we have a dressing of anti-microbial garlic, warming & anti-inflammatory ginger, probiotic apple cider vinegar & miso and the super powerful, anti-microbial manuka honey. Pour this blend over the nutrient dense salad and your body will be grateful for the the immune system lovin’.
Whip this up & let us know what you think! What immune boosting foods can you commit to including in your winter diet? Do you have any immune boosters that you swear by?
Immune Boost Salad
For the Salad
- 1 small bunch Lacinato kale
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- 1 1/4 cups shredded purple cabbage
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
- 2 clementines, peeled and broken into individual segments
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
Slice the kale into thin ribbons and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the salt. Massage with your hands until the kale softens and wilts. Toss in all remaining ingredients.
For the dressing
- 1/3 cup cold-pressed olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon manuka honey
- 1/2 teaspoon miso
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1″ cube of ginger, grated
Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over the salad and toss well. Serve & enjoy the immune boosting nourishment.