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5 recipes to boost your immune system this Autumn

There’s no doubt about it – you can’t outrun a bad diet or get away from the fact that a healthy weight involves 80% diet and 20% exercise.

Cold. Hard. Facts.

But it’s not a death sentence – eating a balanced, healthy diet can be just as quick and easy as your regular go-to meals, just as cost-effective, and a whole lot of fun as you try new recipes.

It could also mean the difference between sailing through winter and being (wo)man-down with flu!

 

  1. SPAGHETTI SQUASH

We are massive fans of Spaghetti Squash, having just discovered this gem of a vegetable in Woolworths. Forget spiralizing your veggies – spaghetti squash already has spaghetti-like strands that closely mimic pasta.

Try this Southwestern Stuffed Spaghetti Squash recipe for starters – perfect for meat-free Mondays.

Link: http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com/2013/10/southwestern-stuffed-spaghetti-squash.html

 

  1. OVERNIGHT OATS

 It’s no secret that oats are rich in anti-oxidants, filled with fibre, and help stabilise your blood sugar levels. This Creamy Blueberry-Pecan Overnight Oatmeal recipe takes just minutes to prepare and can be reheated in the morning. Add blueberries and pecans for additional nutrition and you’re good to go!

Link: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/251127/creamy-blueberry-pecan-overnight-oatmeal/

 

  1. WALNUT-ROSEMARY CRUSTED SALMON

Salmon and walnuts are both great sources of omega-3 fatty acids. This Walnut-Rosemary Crusted Salmon recipe has become a firm favourite in our families, and is a great way to make sure you get a regular dose of the goodness it has to offer. It is wonderful with a side of Sweet Potato Chips or a green salad.

Link: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/267223/walnut-rosemary-crusted-salmon/

 

  1. FIG & RICOTTA TOAST

Figs are in season (YAY) and are a virtual medicine cabinet of benefits! They help with constipation, hasten recovery of a sore throat, help prevent colon cancer, and are even a good source of calcium!

This Fig & Ricotta Toast recipe is so delicious that you will be free from sugar-cravings for the rest of the day. Even better – it’s low in both calories and fat!

Link: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/256575/fig-ricotta-toast/

 

  1. STRAWBERRY-BLUEBERRY-BANANA SMOOTHIE

Smoothies are still one of the best ways to get a large portion of your 5-a-day in one go, while on the run, and they are kids friendly!

We love this Strawberry-Blueberry-Banana Smoothie with its dollop of nut butter and extra protein.

Link: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/271088/strawberry-blueberry-banana-smoothie/

The bottom line is that healthy eating is an adventure. If you see it as such, you will relish the challenge of finding new and exciting recipes that your family will love – while also nourishing their bodies from the inside out. Give it a go, and watch the difference it makes!

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