Tuesday, October 2, 2012

5 Quick and Easy Recipes to Beat the Fall Flu Season

Here in Canada, fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year...it also marks the beginning of the dreaded cold and flu season.

The change in temperature, fewer hours of daylight (bummer), and the increase in "stuff" going on in our busy lives makes it's easy for our minds and bodies to become more taxed. 

I've been told, by a guy with a stethoscope around his neck, that under these conditions we become more exposed to cold and flu viruses. 

Eating right and exercise are a couple ways he suggests we can build our defenses and avoid getting sick.

Now, I don't have an exercise program for you (I hear Zumba is good) but I have assembled 5 quick and easy recipes from this blog that have the nutritional benefits to build your body's defenses so you can beat the fall flu.

One way we can stay healthy is by reducing stress.

Ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties which explains why I feel so relaxed after having a cup of this sweet aromatic tea.

To make it easier to prepare, I store fresh ginger in the freezer and finely grate it right into the cup.

I don't peel the ginger because that takes time and my guess is a little ginger skin never hurt anyone.

Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

Carrots are full of beta-carotene. That's good for our eyes.

It also happens to protect us against nasty colds.

As for the maple syrup in this soup...

I haven't a clue if it's any good at preventing a cold. However I do know it's awesome on pancakes and it makes this soup taste extra delicious!

Sweet Fire Roasted Pepper Hummus

Chickpeas (or Garbanzo beans) contain small amounts of antioxidant nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and a butt-load of fibre.

Did I say butt-load? Sorry...poor choice of words.

The sweet fire roasted peppers make this hummus very tasty and it's extremely easy to make!

Fruit Salad

The berries and fruit in this flavorful fruit salad are low in calories and contain vitamins and minerals our body's need!

Skip them and your defense against colds is about effective as the Toronto Maple Leafs blue line (in case you don't follow hockey, I'm referring to a terribly sad and ineffective defensive unit).

I like to prepare it this fruit salad the night before so I can have a bowl of it first thing in the morning!

Strawberry Almond Smoothie

I originally shared this recipe as a quick way to replace lost nutrients after a workout.

I've included it here because exercise and proper smoothie-licious nutrition give us the best shot (after washing our hands) at warding off cold and flu viruses.

Exercise and blend to stay healthy my friends!


  1. Unfortunately I'm in the midst of one of those colds right now :( If I find the energy, I'll have to try one of these recipes for a little comfort!

  2. Sorry to hear that Chelsea. Hope you're feeling better soon.