7 Immune Boosting Recipes

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Depending on where you live, you may have already had your first snow of the season.  I just moved to Brooklyn and yesterday experienced my first city snow, well more like slush, for the first time in years.  Between the dropping temperature and the increasingly packed subways, a cold almost seems inevitable but this winter I'm going to try and keep my immune system strong by watching what I eat.  By boosting my diet full of necessary vitamins I hope I can avoid those dreaded sniffles.  What are your tricks to staying healthy in the winter?

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Israeli Salad of Oranges and Black Olives

Now that it is citrus season in Florida, take advantage of oranges and grapefruit bursting with freshness and all of the cold-preventing vitamin C.  Orange and black olive are a perfect balancing act and provide for an elegant, and low calorie salad option.

Grapefruit Salad with Candied Pecans and Avocado

The vitamin C in grapefruit, minerals in the dark leafy greens and healthy fat in avocado all make this salad a immune booster.  The honey glazed pecans makes this dish simply irresistible, this salad would be great for lunch at the office or topped with grilled chicken as a quick and healthy weeknight meal.

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Cinnamon Blueberry Buckwheat Chia Muffins

A great on the go breakfast or snack, these muffins are good for the whole family.  The mix of whole wheat and buckwheat flour are a healthy source of fiber, while chia seeds and the blueberries pack a one two punch of calcium and antioxidants.  Frozen blueberries are a great choice here, since they are usually frozen at the height of freshness and are bursting antioxidants.

Whole Wheat-Blueberry Scones

Blueberries are packed with antioxidants to keep you healthy.  Even though it’s a scone, it has some redeeming benefits for those of us who enjoy our carbs in the morning.  The whole wheat flour gives you necessary fiber and the butter provides healthy fat to keep all systems running.

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Sea Bass With Soba Noodles and Sake-Soy Sauce

Fish oil is know for it’s cure-all powers, but this sea bass delivers those same benefits with a nicer flavor!  Topped with anti-bacterials such as ginger and garlic, this 30 minute meal will give you strength to finish the week healthy.

Steamed Cod and Sundried Tomato, Olive Tapenade

This combination of garlic, lycopene filled tomatoes and healthy fats from olives make this dish a winner.  It is low in calories and high in flavor and immune boosting power.

Tahini Kale Chips

Tahini Sesame Kale Chips

These kale chips are a crunchy and healthy treat.  Kale has numerous necessary vitamins, tahini and sesame seeds are rich in iron and olive is packed with heart healthy fats.  No need to compromise your healthy or your 2PM snack.

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