The holiday season is upon us! And that means pumpkin-flavored everything, ginger sugar cookies, and cinnamon lattes. It is also the time of year when everyone is running around doing last-minute shopping, attending holiday parties, finishing up work deadlines, and finalizing travel plans. For your immune system, it may mean the time of year that stress can get the better of you.
This year, I am determined to not get sick like years past, and so far, so good! What’s my secret? Like everyone else, I also have a lot on my plate, so that means I watch what’s on my plate. (I just love a cheesy food joke!) Seriously, though, that is my secret. Hydration, rest, breathing, positive thoughts, and what I eat. Not only do we need to eat immune-boosting foods, but with these shorter days, we also need foods that will give us natural feel-good energy. So try to skip the sugary lattes, the sweet treats at holiday parties, and stress eating.
Sounds easy enough, right? The best tip I can give you is to start your day off right. Make time for a little movement, like yoga or a brisk walk, identify something or someone you’re grateful for, and do not skip breakfast! I like to have a green smoothie for breakfast because I can make them on the go, but when I have a little more time, I might make a green juice as well. They can be so energizing, refreshing, and delicious that I guarantee you’ll start your day with a smile!
This juice combination has a powerful mix of greens for energy and ginger for its calming and grounding effect. I call this juice the Super Immune Booster because it’s full of antioxidants, phytonutrients, and anti-inflammatories, and it tastes super amazing! (Too much there with the super?)
Super Immune Booster (serves 1)
- 1 green apple
- 1 inch ginger, or more to taste
- 1 lemon
- 4-5 leaves romaine lettuce
- small bunch parsley
- 2-3 leaves rainbow chard
Tip: If you do not have a high end juicer and you end up with a little pulp, no problem! You can poor the juice into a glass using a sieve or a nut sack.
What is your favorite way to take care of your health during the holidays?