Especially in times like these it is important to have a strong immune system. Food is a great way to get one! Food is not only delicious and fun to make, it is also a great source to nourish your body and strengthen your immune system. In this article you will find easy recipes that will help you stay strong and healthy.
Kimichi is a fermented cabbage, that is very popular in Korean. Fermented foods are very healthy in general, as they are rich in probiotics and thereby keep your gut healthy, which leads to a strong immune system. Kimichi is a great power food to keep you strong and is also super easy to prepare. It only takes around 20 to 30 minutes. All you need is a medium cabbage head, 1/4 of kosher salt, 1 tablespoon of grated garlic, 1 teaspoon of ginger, 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons of fish sauce, 5 tablespoons of Korean red pepper flakes and 8 ounces of Korean radish. First you cut the cabbage lengthwise into small pieces and place it in a large bowl. Then you sprinkle salt over it and massage the cabbage with your hands to soften it a bit. Add water to it and let it stand for 1-2 hours. After you let it stand, rinse the cabbage thoroughly under cold water. Now take all the other ingredients, mix them and make a paste out of them. Squeeze the cabbage dry and mix it with the spicy paste. Take a jar and put the cabbage in it. Let the cabbage ferment between 1-5 days and keep it in a cool room temperature. Kimchi does not only taste amazing, but gives you the power you need!
Apple Cider Switchel
An apple cider switchel is a simple apple cider vinegar drink. Apple cider vinegar has a lot of benefits. It lowers the blood sugar, improves the heart health, lowers cholesterol. Improves digestion, helps with weight loss and just overall helps to strengthen your immune system. For a good apple cider switchel fill a Mason jar about 3/4 with chopped apples and then stir honey into warm water until it dissolves. Pour the sweetened water over the apples and leave about 2 to 3 inches room until the top pf the jar. Now let it set for a few hours and that’s all. Your delicious and immune boosting apple vinegar cider is ready to be enjoyed.
Carrot Ginger Soup
Soup is the perfect comfort food. The carrot ginger soup is not only delicious but also a real immune booster. The soup contains ginger, carrots, turmeric, which are known to be great spices to keep your body healthy and strong. All you need for this recipe are1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 cup chopped yellow onions, 3 garlic cloves, smashed, 2 heaping cups chopped carrots,1½teaspoons grated fresh ginger, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 3 to 4 cups vegetable broth, Sea salt and fresh black pepper, 1 teaspoon maple syrup, or to taste (optional), coconut milk for garnish. First you need to heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and cook it about 8 minutes while adding salt and pepper. Add the smashed galic as well as the carrots to the pot and cook it for another 10 minutes. Add the ginger and the apple cider vinegar and mix everything up with 4 cups of broth. Let everything cook about 30 minutes and once its soft put everything in a blender. If you want you can serve it with a topping of pesto or dollop.