Best Recipes For A Healthy Immune System During The Covid-19 Pandemic


by Houston Texas Painters - April 8, 2020

The number one way to boost your immune system during the COVID-19 pandemic is through social distancing. The next best thing to keep your immune system healthy is through proper nutrition, improved sleeping habits, proper hygiene, and tending to your emotional health. If anything, this virus is a wake-up call to those who’ve neglected some of the very basic functions of survival. Houston Texas Painters presents the following list of immunity-boosting foods and recipes to not only improve the fundamental necessities of life but to potentially help ward off any future viral and bacterial attacks. 

Immune Boosters: 


  • Almonds
  • Apples 
  • Beef
  • Berries
  • Bone Broth 
  • Broccoli 
  • Carrots 
  • Chicken Soup 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Citrus 
  • Coconuts & oil
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Eggs
  • Fish 
  • Garlic 
  • Ginger 
  • Ginseng 
  • Green Tea
  • Honey: Raw or Local 
  • Kale
  • Leafy Greens 
  • Mushrooms 
  • Oats & Barley 
  • Onions
  • Poultry 
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Seeds & Nuts 
  • Spinach 
  • Sweet Potatoes 
  • Turmeric 
  • Watermelon 
  • Wheat Germ 
  • Yogurt


Delicious Immune-Boosting Recipes 


Breakfast 

Lunch  

White Bean and Kale Soup


Author: Stacey @There’s A Cook in My Kitchen 
Recipe type: soup, vegan, vegetarian 
Cuisine: recipe adapted from: The First Mess 
Prep time:  5 mins 
Cook time:  20 mins 
Total time:  25 mins 
Serves:

Ingredients: 

  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 1 rib of celery, chopped
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves finely minced
  • 2 15-oz cans white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bunch Lacinto (black) kale, thick center ribs removed and discarded, leaves chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • dried red pepper flakes, to taste
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 stick Huang Qi/Astragalus (optional)

Instructions: 

  1. In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, carrot, and celery.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring until the veggies soften a bit, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic, rosemary, beans, and broth.
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  6. Ladle ⅔ of the contents of the pot into a blender and blend until smooth, then stir this smooth mixture back into the pot with the rest.
  7. Stir in the kale.
  8. Cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice.
  10. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  11. Enjoy!

Snack 

Dinner 

Healthy Crock Pot Creamy Red Pepper Soup


Course: Crock Pot
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Julie Wunder

Ingredients

  • 5 large red peppers roughly chopped
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 14.5 ounce can tomatoes
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch red pepper optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • garnish: yogurt dollop and parsley

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients except for the greek yogurt in a Crock Pot. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours until the vegetables are all tender.
  2. Once finished cooking, remove the bay leaf.
  3. Blend with an immersion blender or do in batches in a regular blender. Be careful with the hot soup!
  4. Stir in the Greek yogurt.
  5. Serve with an additional dollop of greek yogurt and parsley.

“There are no specific supplements that will help protect against coronavirus and anyone claiming that is being investigated by the FTC [Federal Trade Commission] and the FDA [Food and Drug Administration],” said Melissa Majumdar, a registered dietitian, and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. While we may not yet have a cure or vaccine for the coronavirus, we have the will to survive as a species and will move mountains to make changes happen. By taking charge of your nutrition by working towards a healthy immune system, you will help regain a sense of normalcy and control over the whirl of chaos surrounding you. In order to better serve your community, family, and friends, you have to be able to take care of yourself—and you have to be healthy to do so.