Flu season is in full swing, and while we're all bouncing back from the holiday season, we still have a few more months to avoid flu-related symptoms. The most common and recommended option for keeping the flu at bay is getting a flu shot, but there are natural ways you could decrease your chance of getting the flu, too. Doctors suggest that getting a good amount of Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Vitamin B12 may help keep an immune system strong and healthy. Here's our recipe guide for natural ways to surviving flu season. We've included recipes with those vitamins and nutrients mentioned above, as well as delicious soups and hot beverages that will help you out if you do end up stuck with the flu (or a cold).
Roasted Carrot Dip
If you're a big fan of hummus, this might just become your new favorite dip. It's great for crackers and veggies, or as a spread for your next sandwich. Carrots are an excellent source of Vitamin's A, C and K and a great source of fiber.
Parmesan Butternut Squash Noodles
For this recipe which has Vitamin C & D, we roasted up the squash noodles with butter and topped them with parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. Definitely a healthy version of comfort food! For a vegan version, swap out of the parmesan with your favorite vegan cheese.
Easy Egg Muffins
Eggs have Vitamin B12, so these muffins make a great immune boosting option. They're a meal prep staple and can be customized depending on what vegetables and proteins are in season and available.
Roasted Salmon With Fresh Mango Salsa
This recipe for baked salmon with a fresh mango salsa is the perfect savory and sweet combination. Add a side of kale and you've got a nutrient-packed meal that's rich in omega-3 fatty acids and immune boosting vitamins C, B12, and D.
Apple Cinnamon Oats
Adding apple reduction to your oatmeal is a great way to get extra nutrients and to stay full for a longer period of time (they're an excellent source of fiber and Vitamin C). If you don't have much time in the mornings, try making overnight oats or chia pudding, which you can easily take with you on-the-go.
Creamy Avocado Shake
Avocados are a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids, iron, Vitamins C & E, polyphenols, carotenoids, and omega 3’s. We love having this creamy avocado shake for breakfast or as a post-workout snack for a boost of energy.
Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Latte
It's recommended to stay away from caffeine when you have the flu or a cold. This turmeric latte is a great alternative. Turmeric helps reduce inflammation and the collagen helps restore muscles and joints.
Manuka Honey Apple Cider
Manuka honey is a specific type of honey produced in New Zealand. It's one of the most beneficial forms of honey because it's known to help cure allergies and sore throats. Try this quick hot apple cider recipe if you're feeling under the weather.
White Bean Vegetable Soup
White cannellini beans provide this hearty soup with a buttery texture and lots of protein while the rest of the veggies that make up the soup give you a healthy dose of fiber to help your system flush itself of toxins.
Loaded Chicken & Vegetable Detox Soup
The slow-cooker soup, which creates a rich broth from a whole chicken, has healing properties. Plus, it's loaded with root vegetables like parsnips, potatoes and carrots.