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5 Immune Boosting Foods

Winter is a time when it is very easy to catch a cold or the flu. If you have a strong immune system you are unlikely to become ill. A diet high in sugar, processed foods and too much caffeine will lower your immune system and open the door to illness. There are a lot of immune supporting foods. I wanted to keep it simple and chose five of my favourites.

Garlic

Garlic has to be my all time favourite. I love it so much I eat it raw rubbed on toast with cherry tomatoes. Many shy away from garlic due to getting garlic breath but your health is important. A useful tip is to chew fresh parsley after having eaten garlic, this helps to take away the odour. Garlic is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It strengthens your immune system and is excellent for colds and flu. It is rich in vitamin C and selenium. Selenium prevents cancer.

Ginger

Make sure to include fresh ginger to your smoothies and cooking. It is super healthy and another great immune booster fighting colds and flu. It also aids digestion and is very good for nausea. It also contains compounds that are called gingerols making it a very powerful anti-inflammatory. It has a strong flavour so if using it in your smoothies you will need a small piece.

Lemons

Lemon juice mixed with ginger is a very powerful remedy to fight of a cold, flu or  sore throat. Lemons are packed full of vitamin C, calcium and potassium. Lemons are also good for the skin, bleeding gums and help in wound healing. Lemons are also very good for the liver.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a very powerful spice that has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It is good for bloating, colds, diarrhoea and fighting cancer. You can use it in your cooking.  I always start my morning with warm water and lemon and a little turmeric. It really energises me.

Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass  is probably my favourite superfood as it has endless benefits. It is extremely alkalising, rejuvenating and rich in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll cleanses and fortifies the organs and blood increasing red blood count. Chlorophyll is a very powerful detoxifier, detoxifying the liver and hence improving metabolism.

Looking after your health is so important that I can never stress it enough! It is so important to keep the body alkaline by eating lots of fruit and vegetables. You want to prevent disease creeping in.

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Zucchini stuffed with prawns

I was first introduced to this dish at a friend’s house and loved it instantly! it makes a great appetiser and tastes great. It is also very simple and easy to prepare which makes it even better.

Ingredients:

2 small to medium sized courgettes

Low fat grated pecorino cheese

20 king prawns

1-2 garlic cloves

A handful of chopped parsley

Chilli flakes

A small piece of ginger

2 – 3 tablespoons of virgin olive oil

Himalayan salt

Start by cutting the courgettes into small bite size chunks and boil for 5 minutes. Drain them and place in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes. Chop the garlic and ginger and place in a pan with the olive oil, chilli flakes and parsley.  Saute’ for about a minute on low to medium heat and then add the prawns. Cook till the prawns turn pink. Once ready set to the side and take out the courgettes from the oven. Scoop a little flesh out of each piece and sprinkle some pecorino cheese inside and top with 2 prawns. Serve and enjoy!