Coughs, colds, and COVID, oh my!
- It’s not just cold and flu season this year, friends. We know you’ve been following along with all the 2020 pandemic craziness. And you’re doing everything in your power to stay healthy, happy, and fa la la la la-ing this season.
- As if the holidays aren’t hectic enough, you have the added stress of who you allow over for the ultimate holiday feast and who you have to say, “not this year” to.
- Even worse, what if someone gets sick?! Noooooooo!
- The consequences of someone getting sick with pretty much anything this year are much greater than in years past.
- Which means it’s more important than ever to fuel your body with foods that are proven to improve your health!
- Check out our plant-based holiday must-have immune boosting ingredients (and our recommendation on how to use them in a delicious seasonal dish)!
This sweet fruit packs a flavorful punch but seems to be often forgotten about during the holidays...or completely underrated. Which is sad because they can easily be used in almost any holiday dish!
- Just one persimmon contains over half your recommended daily dose of Vitamin A, which is critical for immune function. As a matter of fact, persimmons are low in calories, high in fiber, and contain high amounts of vitamins C, E, K, and B6, which are necessary for good immune health.
- Plus, they’re yummy.
- See for yourself in this recipe for Persimmon Bars! Super duper moist. Full of holiday spirit. And you can see our blog post here on how to make them 100% vegan if that’s your thing!
- We can’t mention persimmons and dessert without mentioning…
If you’re not a fan of cinnamon, you can scoot on past this one, but for the rest of you, let’s talk health benefits of cinnamon (you know you want to)!
- Cinnamon has scientifically been proven to reduce inflammation, lower blood sugar levels, reduce “bad” cholesterol, aaaaaaaaand it’s loaded with antioxidants. As a matter of fact, it’s so powerful it can be used as a natural food preservative!
- If you’re already a fan, then you’ve probably dumped this stuff on everything from your toast to your coffee.
- But nothing says the holidays like the scent of cinnamon!
- Wait. That’s not true. There is something better. The smell and taste of cinnamon. On Christmas morning.
You can find your new favorite Christmas morning brekkie recipe here! These cinnamon rolls have tons of the tasty spice and are 100% vegan!
- Speaking of sweet stuff and holiday yum yums...
3. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are also...well, sweet. Naturally.
- They’re also a pretty common holiday food! But did you know that these sweet, orange fleshed root vegetables are one of the richest sources of beta carotene you can eat?
- Beta carotene is a plant compound that is converted to Vitamin A. And as we’ve covered, Vitamin A is vital to immune health.
- Not to mention sweet potatoes are good for gut health.
- If you haven’t heard of how your gut health affects your immune system, you can read about it here! It’s actually pretty cool.
- And if you’re looking for that perfect vegan holiday dish to wow your non vegan friends and family, this is the one! Because who does the holidays without a sweet potato casserole?
- Side note and shameless plug: Prime Roots has a healthy and delicious roasted sweet potato side dish with our smokey plant-based bacon that’s pretty popular right now! If you’re not into the sweet side of sweet potatoes but are longing for holiday comfort food, you can check it out(along with all our other limited edition holiday nom noms)!
- Now, on to our next favorite immune boosting ingredient!
Garlic has been used as an ingredient in food and as medicine for centuries!
- Maybe we should’ve listed this ingredient first because the compounds in garlic have been scientifically shown to boost the white blood cells in charge of fighting off viruses and disease.
- Kind of important to know during COVID, right?
- Not only that, but garlic reduces the risk of getting sick in the first place.
- Here are some ways to maximize the medicinal benefits of garlic in your recipes:
Crush or slice all of your garlic before using it in your food.
Before cooking garlic, crush it and let it sit for 10 minutes or buy it already crushed.
More is better! Use more than one clove in your meal.
If you’re not in love with the flavor of garlic or aren’t stashing strong breath mints in your pocket, you can still reap the medicinal benefits of garlic by taking it as a supplement.
- But for those of us who love the garlicky goodness, you can get your holiday vegan comfort food on by tossing a healthy helping of garlic to your mashed potatoes! Or try ours!
- And last but not least on our list of holiday immune boosting foods is…..
- (drumroll please)
- For real, though. We are not recommending you stock up on cans of the not-actual-cranberry cranberry sauce.
- We’re talking about the real deal. Cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, but they are also very powerful natural antioxidants.
- And if you’re looking to fight off the holiday food coma, cranberries are your salvation. They contain all the energy boosting B vitamins you’ll need to stay awake long enough for dessert! You’re welcome.
- Check out our blog post on Sneaky Vegan Substitutions for Your Yummy Holiday Food to find your perfect vegan cranberry salad recipe – with real cranberries.
Have your own favorite family holiday recipes that include any of these immune-boosting superpower ingredients? Shoot us an email and let us know! We love hearing from you and we might even feature your recipe on our website for the world to see!
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