Flu Season is here!
I hope you all are having a wonderful week. We certainly had some lovely spring like weather here in Columbia! I hope you all were able to get out and enjoy it.
Well unfortunately it is flu season and it seems to have hit our part of the state quite hard. Even more unfortunate the flu has made it’s way to my house. Thankfully, my job requires the flu shot but my boyfriend didn’t get vaccinated this year so I’ve been sitting surrounded by a cloud of Lysol and used tissues since Sunday. He’s finally on the mend but its been a long week for us. Hand washing is always the best way to prevent the spread of flu germs (and other germs alike) but I wanted to give my immune system a bigger boost by eating some immune boosting foods. Citrus fruits like grapefruit, clementines, lemons, limes and tangerines are recommended because they contain a high amount of vitamin C which is credited in increasing the body’s white blood cell count. White blood cells are the cells that fight off infection. Red Bell peppers also have a high amount of vitamin C. Broccoli is packed with vitamin A, C and E, Garlic, spinach, almonds, and turmeric are also all credited with an increased immune response. At my house I decided to make myself a “Citrus Cold Recovery” smoothie with a recipe that I found on Prevention.com. This recipe called for cabbage but I ended up using spinach instead just because that was what I had available. It was delicious, and I haven’t gotten the flu (yet)! This smoothie is immune boosting because it is loaded with antioxidants (from the beets), vitamin C, and the flax seeds contribute a lot of fatty acids which are good for healthy brain function.
Stay healthy out there people! And wash your hands!
Jessica and the Columbia’s Cooking Team
Citrus Cold Recovery
(Makes 2 servings)
2 c green cabbage
1 c water
2 oranges, peeled
2 c chopped pineapple
¼ c peeled and cubed raw golden beet
Juice of ½ lemon
2 Tbsp flaxseed oil
1. BLEND the cabbage, water, and oranges until smooth.
2. ADD the pineapple, beet, lemon juice, and flaxseed oil and blend again.