Quick Fix Tip – Boost your immune system for Christmas – Part 3

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 in Blog, Quick Fix Tip | 0 comments

Hydration – Free energy!drinking water

Keep yourself well hydrated throughout the day to flush out toxins and keep your energy levels up.  If cold water doesn’t seem appealing this time of year, pour yourself hot water from the kettle, you’ll be surprised how comforting it is.

The combination of the cold biting wind and the central heating in our homes can actually have dehydrating results, leaving us with dry tickly throats, dry itchy skin and cracked lips.

P.S. Try to steer away from tea and coffee as these will deplete energy and moisture from your skin.

 

Fresh is the Best!
Nuture & feed your immune system with fresh soups and warming stews made with seasonal roots and green leafy vegetables and the generous addition of garlic, ginger & chilli to add fire to the digestion, promoting a healthy metabolism.

Christmas tends to be a period of over indulgence, we eat far more and often drink more than we should.

So, during this count down to Christmas, give yourself a bit of a detox, by eating fewer processed foods like ready-made meals,  crisps, biscuits  & chocolate snacks as these will take extra energy away from your resources to digest, and you won’t be left with much on a nutritional basis. Swap them for a fresh fruit salad, a handful of nuts (not salted or roasted !) or a fruit smoothie.

Don’t forget to start your day with hot lemon and ginger zing as mentioned in my previous post.

 

 

I can highly recommend a weekly organic vegetable box delivery. You are sure to get the freshest, locally grown and seasonal produce around. Especially this time of year, when root vegetables  are in abundance and so rich in fibre, antioxidants and minerals to replenish and support health.

Most box schemes allow you to view the weekly contents beforehand, so you can skip or opt out of items you don’t want and they replace them with something else.

I have been using Abel and Cole for several years now. They have stacks of recipes, which they often send out with their boxes each week. Take a look at this one.

Putting Down Roots Soup;

Then, check out the

Spiced Carrot Soup with Ginger & Sweet Potato

 

Here is one of my own recipes I have been making for a couple of years now – it only takes 15 mins to prep and 40 minutes  in the oven.

This is the amazing flower of the kidney bean

Veggie Chilli – midweek Winter warmer

Serves 4: 

Two 410g cans red kidney beans, drained
Two 400g cans chopped tomatoes
1 onion, peeled and cut into large chunks
2 courgettes, diced
2 x sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
100g frozen peas or broad beans
1 x yellow pepper cut into large chunks
1 x garlic clove, peeled and chopped
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
1 x dried red chilli or approx 1/4 tsp Cayenne (at your own discretion!)
1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
Curly kale or pak choi

 

1.  Preheat the oven to 180c / gas mark 4

2. Mix all the ingredients except the curly kale & pak choi, together in a large bowl. Transfer to a large casserole dish, put the lid on and pop in the oven for 25 minutes.

3.  Stir and add the curly kale or pak choi and replace in the oven for the final 15 minutes.

4.  Serve with brown rice.

 

 

 

 

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