It’s that time of year again when the coughs, colds and viruses seem to be running rampant! One of the biggest keys to staying healthy is having a strong immune system.
You may believe that a strong immune system is something you’re either born with or you’re not. The truth is, YOU CAN IMPROVE THE STRENGTH OF YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM by eating the right foods!!! I am living proof of that!
From very early on in my childhood, I had chronic health problems. Instead of trying to find the source of my problems, the doctors just kept throwing more and more pills at me, running tests, giving me shots and suggesting one surgery after another.
As it turns out, I didn’t need ANY of that!!! I found out in my 20’s that my health problems were due to undiagnosed food allergies! Unfortunately, after decades of prescription drugs and almost constant antibiotics, my immune system was practically nonexistent.
It took years of building my immune system back up by eating the right foods and taking probiotics everyday, but I am finally to the point where my immune system is strong and is doing a great job keeping me healthy!
Some really great immune system strengthening foods to eat are garlic, honey, lemons, ginger, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, elderberries , oranges, green tea, echinacea and oregano, just to name a few. There are many more, as well, but these are a good start.
With this in mind, yesterday I created this recipe for a garlic-y hummus PACKED full of immune system boosters. Enjoy this delicious and powerful healing snack and eat your way to a healthier you!
Give your immune system an extra boost with this delicious and nutritious snack!
- 16 oz. Canned or Cooked Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) (drained and rinsed)
- 3 Tbsp. Water
- 1 & 1/2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 1 Tbsp. Honey (local is best, if you have it)
- 1 tsp. Raw Garlic, Minced (use less if too spicy for you)
- 1/2 tsp. Nutritional Yeast (I use Red Star brand)
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 1/2 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
- 1/4 tsp. Turmeric
- 1/4 tsp. Lemon Juice
- 1/8 tsp. Black Pepper
- 1/8 tsp. Oregano (I used dried, but you can use fresh if you want)
Combine all ingredients in a small food processor.
If a smoother texture is desired, add more olive oil or water in small amounts until desired consistency is achieved.