There are a few great reasons to plan your weekly meals:
- You can ensure you are getting plenty of vitamins and minerals in your meals.
- Takes the confusion out of dinner time, (how many times have I wandered around in the kitchen wondering what to cook.)
- Save on the amount of money you spend each week on shopping.
It may feel a little overwhelming in the beginning but it’s worth the time! Don’t plan lots of meals at once or all that information will send you into a fibro fog frenzy of confusion, (that’s what happened to me).
Chunk it all down and plan one meal, snack and a drink every few days, until you have enough recipes to last for quite some time and add to your collection as you go along.
If your diet isn’t where you would like it to be make small changes, until they become habit and then move on. Habits used in the right way are awesome to power us through the day!
Here are 6 Immune boosting foods to include in your meal plans each day.
1. Lemon – this humble little fellow holds so many benefits, he warrants a post of his own (coming soon). But for now, let’s just say that lemon is great at boosting the immune system and unlike his rest of his family, citrus fruits, once consumed the acidity turns to alkaline – even better!
2. Garlic – a great immune booster, I used to cook it together with onions as a base for a recipe, but heat can reduce its benefits so it’s best to add to a meal just before serving.
3. Broccoli – supercharged with vitamins and minerals A,C and E and packed with many other antioxidants and fibre, broccoli is an awesome addition to your meal plan. I did have a nasty habit of cooking it until it turned to mush, yuk. It only needs to be cooked a little so that it retains as much nutrition as possible. (I do cook and let cool, even if I’m going to use it in a salad as eaten raw, can have an impact on hypothyroidism, which I have)
4. Ginger – now here’s another fella that deserves a post of his own but I had to include him here. So versatile it can be used in so many dishes and even shots (I have to admit, a shot of ginger really shook me, I had no idea how hot it would be…be warned). Great at boosting the immune system and helping to keep it balanced.
5. Turmeric – I was used to turmeric in curries and hadn’t really looked further. You can either use the root or a ground powder to add so many benefits to your recipes as well as delicious tea.
6. Green Tea – Green tea is packed with epigallocatechin gallate (I have no idea how you pronounce that) otherwise known as EGCG a powerful antioxidant that enhances the immune system.
There are so many simple additions you can make to your daily meals to improve your immune system, I have decided to write a series of posts rather than one long, never ending post 😊.
Have a wonderful, healthy day xxx