How To Increase Your Immune System With Oats
Winter is coming! For this month’s recipe I thought we would run through a few Boosters we can add to our oats to help boost our immune system.
In a few short weeks, we will start to feel the cold mornings and chilly nights coming. And with that sometimes comes sickness. The cold and flu season will be in full force and there will be times we just won’t want to leave the house. Leading up to winter it is a good idea to try and boot your immune system. So when the sickness’ does start to show themselves, your body is ready to fight them off.
There are a number of ways in which you can boost your immune system. You can take supplements in order to boost your immune system. However, the healthier and more affordable option is by adding foods to your diet that will naturally increase your immune system.
We have put together a great list of foods that you can couple with your GF Oats in order to boost that immune system in time for winter.
Adding berries and assorted fruits to your oats is a great way to boost your immune system. Berries are a great source of antioxidants and are not only great for you – they taste great on the top of your oats. Banana is also another favourite on your oats and is great for boosting your immune system. Mixing in a little bit of honey with your fruit and oats as well will give a sweeter taste to enjoy. Where possible use fruits that are in season and can be easily purchased. Frozen fruits are still good, however, the ones that are in season provide that extra boost for you.
Nuts and Seeds
Adding nuts and seeds to your oats not only gives a nice crunchy touch to your meal but it also helps you to boost the amount of protein that you are taking in throughout your diet. The added protein of the nuts and seeds will help with the building of your immune system. Nuts such as macadamia and almond are very good for you and taste great mixed through your oats. Chia seeds have a lot of benefits and can be used either on top of a bowl, cooked into your morning porridge of oats or added to a smoothie bowl to thicken it.
Adding a probiotic to your bowl of oats or smoothie bowl is a great idea as well. You can purchase probiotic drinks or powder from most supermarkets and health foods stores. A probiotic will help in numerous ways to increase your immune system and make sure that your body is full of all the good antibodies. The great thing about a probiotic is that they are normally free of a flavouring which means that you can add them into your meals or drinks without even noticing and having no change to the flavour of it.
Cut back on dairy
Where possible cut back on the amount of dairy that you are using in your meals and drinks. Dairy is known to increase the growth of mucus so if you are beginning to get sick. The dairy can actually make it a lot worse and make it harder to overcome. Substitute full cream milk for almond milk, rice milk or coconut milk when you are creating your smoothies. Try adding coconut yoghurt to your oats instead of yoghurt made from dairy. Most of these alternatives have their own unique flavour which then brings a whole new experience to your dish.
Honey is a magical food. It has so many benefits for the mind and body and is great medicinal food. Using honey in your smoothies, smoothie bowls and simply drizzled on top of your morning oats is a great way to help increase your immune system. Use raw honey where possible and always check the labels to ensure that it is real honey you are purchasing and not imitation honey. Did you know that we sell raw organic honey in our online store? Check it out!
Another great food to add to your oats is coconut. The great thing about coconut is that there are so many different ways that you can use it and incorporate it into your food. You can add a dollop of coconut yoghurt to your oats, sprinkle coconut flakes on top for a crunchy addition or you can use coconut milk in your smoothies. You can also get Coconut Syrup.
Winter is not far away so now is the time to start focusing on your body and increasing your immune system. Experiment with different foods and find flavours that suit you and that you enjoy eating.
Happy winter and happy eating!