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Last week I gave you some immune boosting breakfast suggestions and I received some wonderful feedback from you all. Eating correctly is vital for keeping healthy.
I have here three immune boosting lunch options which I hope will also get your tastebuds alight!
Lunch 1: Broccoli & Garlic Soup with Sweet Potato Fries
I don’t care if it is sunny outside, soups are great any time of the year. Very filling, warm, and most importantly, full of nutrition. I also love to make my own soups, keeping the broth of everything I cook to use as a stock. I can control how thick or runny it is, and I find often that store-bought soups can be quite salty!
Broccoli and sweet potatoes are HUGE immune boosting vegetables, and this combination always a big win at our lunch table.
To make the soup, follow this recipe replacing the main veg with broccoli and adding 3 cloves of minced garlic toward the end. You can use the whole broccoli, or keep the stems for a stir-fry later on in the week.
Sweet Potato fries are the same as regular oven potato fries, but they do cook faster so keep your eye on the oven! You can sprinkle them with paprika, turmeric and black pepper for a slightly spicy taste.
Lunch 2: Spinach & Bell Pepper Turmeric Omelet
There is something very mediterranian with these ingredients, and also very beneficial for our immune system. Omelets for me are the easiest dish to cook, I think I was 10 when my mother taught me? You can add anything to them, or eat them plain, this is how versatile this 10 minute eggy lunch is.
Chop and slice your veg, adding onion and garlic if you wish. I would try to keep with fresh vegetables here as defrosted veg and omelets (and quiches too) don’t solidify so well! While you gently fry your veg (in oil or butter), beat 3 eggs in and some milk in a bowl. The milk is optional, but if you are cooking for more people it really helps stretch the eggs. Add in a teaspoon of turmeric and a pinch of black pepper. Pour the mixture into the pan over the veg on a medium heat.
Half way through cooking add in cheese, if cheese is what you fancy. Did you know that you don’t have to flip an omelet for it to fully cook it? Turn on the oven grill and slide your pan in until it is slightly golden. Serve with tinned sweetcorn on the side.
Lunch 3: Baked Beans with a Loaded Baked Sweet Potato and Sunflower Seeds
You may be surprised to learn that baked beans are on my list on immune boosting foods!
But true enough, they are also an excellent source of zinc and protein. My favorite way of eating baked beans is with a baked potato, and keeping with the immune boosting ingredients I have decided to bake a sweet potato!
Takes faster to cook (wrapped up in foil and left in the oven for 45 minutes at 425F) and is very delicious.
You can add your baked beans to the potato with cheese, or you can have your beans on the side filling your potato with coconut cream, or tuna and cheese, or bacon and cheese. No matter how you eat it, sprinkle your plate with sunflower seeds - excellent immune-boosting seeds.
So these are some easy enough, light and healthy lunch options to keep yourself (and your family) going throughout these days. I hope you are able to find the cook within if you are used to eaten take-away!
Also, keep note of your humour and your moods. Now that you are eating exclusively home-made dishes, how are your moods? Keep a diary to see your progression, and perhaps you will note a few pounds lost too!
Stay Healthy & Stay Happy