Posted on: 17 February, 2021

5 Delicious Healthy Eating Recipes to Boost Your Immune System

Feeling sluggish? Here are 5 delicious, healthy eating recipes to help boost your immune system and get you back to feeling your best this winter.
by Extra Care Living

Keeping your immune system in check is more important now than ever, and healthy eating is an excellent and easy way to give it a boost.

 

Contrary to popular belief, healthy eating doesn’t have to be restrictive or boring. With a little creativity, you can pull together some delicious, hearty meals with just a few ingredients.

 

Take a look at our list of delicious healthy eating recipes below for some foodie inspiration!

Breakfast: Avocado on Toast

Avocado on toast is a simple, delicious recipe to start your day on the right track. A handful of chilli flakes and a squeeze of lemon for an extra zing will get you ready for whatever the day brings. 

 

Avocados are known for containing ‘healthy fats’, or monounsaturated fats. Amongst other benefits, monounsaturated fats help prevent heart disease and help lower blood pressure. They also contain plenty of potassium and fibre, making them a great option for your morning meal. 

 

This recipe is quick and simple, but if you have the time, you could try adding a poached egg for a protein boost!

Lunch: Warm Moroccan Cauliflower Salad

Cauliflower is extremely versatile; it’s proven to be a popular alternative for potatoes, rice and even chicken! What’s more, it’s high in fibre and contains antioxidants, making it an extremely healthy lunch option. 

 

This warm Moroccan cauliflower salad provides 3 of your 5 a day, with an assortment of herbs and spices to give your tastebuds a real treat! It makes for a perfect light lunch and will give your immune system a great boost!

 

You could add grilled chicken for a more substantial low-calorie, high-protein meal.

Dinner: Aubergine Stew

Sometimes a big, meaty stew can feel a bit heavy. This aubergine stew is great for a lighter alternative; it’s vegetable-based and comes in at just 199 calories per serving!

 

Aubergines are the perfect addition to your healthy eating regime, as they contain so much goodness! Filled with antioxidants and rich in nutrients, they help prevent heart disease, reduce your chances of diabetes, improve brain function and help your digestive system. The benefits of aubergines are almost endless – and as a bonus, they’re truly delicious!

 

It’s a warming, winter dish, perfect for cosying up on a cold night.

Dessert: Chocolate Hummus

Chocolate hummus may sound a little eccentric, but it’s a great healthy dessert to satisfy those sweet cravings after a meal! 

 

With chickpeas as the main ingredient, this recipe is packed with protein, helping to support muscle mass and lower blood pressure. For maximum enjoyment, try chopping an array of colourful fruits for dunking!

 

Chickpeas boast vitamins, minerals and fibre, too. These help your body stay healthy and keep you feeling full for longer, so you’re not tempted to snack later!

Drink: Superfood Smoothie

If you’re struggling to meet your 5-a-day target, smoothies offer an easy, efficient solution for getting an abundance of fruits and vegetables into your system.

 

They make a great snack, or even dessert, and will give your immune system a welcome boost.

 

There are hundreds of options when it comes to smoothies, so you can add whatever healthy foods you like! Adding a handful of spinach to a fruit smoothie is a great way to sneak in an abundance of vitamins.

 

This superfood smoothie is a great healthy eating recipe, packed full of flavour and nutrients.

 

Fresh, colourful fruit and vegetables, lean meats, fatty fish and nuts and legumes are all excellent additions to your healthy eating recipes and can be combined in so many different ways to add variety to your diet.

 

Take a look at our previous wellbeing blog for more effective tips to keep your mind and body healthy this winter.

Alternatively, if you’re interested in reducing your sugar intake, you can find out the best ways to do so in our article.

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