Healthy Meals and Immune Health Support for Families
Healthy meals are one of the best ways to stay healthy and happy during this time of shelter in place. It's important to make sure you are not emotional eating and going for unhealthy snacks and not regular meals.
Make it fun and a learning activity. Have children learn to cook alongside you and prepare meals. Plan on making a new recipe a few times a week and give creativity and power to your children to plan and make the new meal with your help.When it comes to food remember to eat whole unprocessed foods: lots of vegetables (especially leafy greens) like broccoli, spinach, lettuce, kale and cabbage and colorful fruit (especially cherries and pomegranate, berries), beans (kidney, red, pinto, chickpea), lentils, whole grains. These food all support your immune system
Some other tidbits to keep in mind when it comes to your immune health:
Drink pure water every day! Make fund and tasty herbal sun tea or spa water.
Limit red meat and dairy! Eat fish and poultry instead (ideally wild/organic)
Eat healthy fats especially high in omega 3 fats! You’ll find these in salmon, herring, mackerel, and sardines. Other healthy fats include avocado, olives and olive oil, flax/hemp/chia seed oils (don’t heat the seed oils, just use for drizzling)
Healthy herbs & spices: Turmeric, curry powder, ginger and garlic (dried and fresh), chili peppers, basil, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme, parsley
Nuts and seeds especially walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, pistachios, as well as chia, flax and hemp seeds.