IS YOUR PANTRY SUPPORTING YOUR IMMUNITY?
Immunity, immunity, immunity! It’s the hot topic raising the temperature of many discussions nowadays. It’s also a vexed issue - vaccines, herd immunity, pandemics, vitamins, supplements, snake oil. You know the drill.
At Supercharged Food we’re, funnily enough, all about the power of food. Not overblown promises, cure-alls, just good, old food. When it comes to immunity, food amongst other things can play an important role in helping you manage disease and bounce back to health.
When it comes to good old-fashioned health and immunity, the place to start is in your pantry.
We've all been through alot this year, and to give you and your family a helping hand with navigating which particular foods are best, we’ve created a FREE ‘Supercharge Your Immune Health 14-day Shopping List’.
You can also find lots of recipes utilising the pantry list ingredients here on the blog. There are delicious recipes such as:
- Pumpkin Mushroom and Sage Brown Rice Risotto
- Pan Fried Pineapple with Mint and Coconut Yoghurt.
- Sweet Lemon Thyme Roasted Carrots
- Easy Roasted Pumpkin Soup
It’s a practical list of pantry, fridge and freezer immune-supporting staples. We’ve done all the research and list-writing for you. You’re welcome.
Many of the items recommend healthier substitutes for staples: brown rice for white. Almond meal or whole grains for processed and bleached flours. More veggies than meat. To build your immune system (any of your body’s systems in fact) it’s best to get back to the simple idea of making healthier choices.
But fear not, we promise you’ll get used to the new ‘swap-outs’ and your body will start to crave them. And so will your taste buds too!
A few stars that we’d like to put on a pedestal are foods such as flaxseed, garlic, nuts and bananas.
Flaxseed never cops any flack in the Supercharged household. We use its oil, the seed itself and crushed and blended into smoothies and cooking. Flaxseeds are a smart choice because they’re dense with nutrients - omega-3 fats, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), lignans a type of phytoestrogen and fibre. Flaxseed components such as ALA and lignans affect immune cells and mediators of the immune response such as eicosanoids and cytokines.
Garlic. It’s not only great for Vampire immunity it also builds YOUR immunity and is used in many cold and flu remedies. To get the most from your garlic here’s a few tips: crushing garlic and allowing it to stand for 10 minutes before cooking can help prevent the loss of its medicinal properties. Researchers have also found the loss of nutrients via cooking could be mitigated by increasing the amount of garlic used. There you can blame ‘researchers’ for doubling your garlic intake!
Shellshock! Nuts are packed with protein, fibre and essential fats. A golf ball-sized serve (about 30g) of unsalted nuts makes a vitality-boosting snack. The vitamin E found in nuts like pistachios, almonds and walnuts is required by the immune system to help fight off invading bacteria.
Bananarama. It’s the fruit we buy most. We love a smoothie in Supercharged HQ and bananas make a smoothie rich, nutritious and delicious. Buy them green, let them ripen, use some and freeze the rest. We like to have them almost, almost over-ripe. It makes them sweeter. Frozen bananas are not just convenient but add coldness to the drink. Bananas are a prebiotic food – supporting gut health which is linked to immunity plus they’re high in vitamin B6 which is required for immune system functioning.
Enjoy your FREE ‘Supercharge Your Immune Health 14-day Shopping List’. I hope this helps you and your family. We’ve done all the thinking for you with lots of vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables, immune supporting herbs and spices, flavour providers and fridge and freezer items.
Please download the Supercharge Immunity Shopping List here.
Stay Supercharged 🙂