It’s that time of year again – cold & flu season. With holiday parties starting soon, it’s not a good time of year to be sick. Actually, it’s never a good time to be sick! A cold or flu can sneak up on you quickly so it’s good to prepare yourself before you’re exposed to the germs. Some ways to reduce your chances of getting sick this cold & flu season include eating a healthy balanced diet, washing hands regularly, getting adequate sleep each night and getting your flu shot. This Immunity-Boosting Salad recipe is packed with vitamins and nutrients to help you stay feeling your best. It includes a homemade Creamy Lime Greek Yogurt Dressing that’s really easy to prepare.
Do you know that you can receive your flu vaccination from Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies? An injection-certified pharmacist administers these vaccines at all hours, without an appointment, just walk-in. That’s a lot more convenient than waiting in line at a flu clinic or your doctor’s office. Fall is the best time to get vaccinated since the vaccination may take two weeks to take effect.
So what exactly makes this an immunity-boosting salad? All the fresh and healthy ingredients! Check out these health benefits:
Lime – excellent source of vitamin C
Red Bell Peppers – excellent source of vitamin C (twice as much vitamin C as a citrus fruit)
Spinach – rich in vitamin C and beta carotene (which may increase the infection-fighting ability of our immune system)
Garlic – contains the active ingredient allicin (which fights infection and bacteria
Greek Yogurt – look for plain, natural yogurt with “live and active cultures” printed on the label as these cultures may stimulate your immune system to help fight diseases
Chicken – excellent source of vitamin B-6 (vital to the formation of new and healthy red blood cells)
- 6 cups (packed) baby spinach leaves, washed
- 2 red bell peppers, diced
- 2 chicken breasts (boneless and skinless), cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup plain natural Greek yogurt
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons lime juice (approximately 1 lime)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon dried dill
- ½ teaspoon dried chives
- In a medium sealable food storage container, combine all dressing ingredients and stir well to mix. Place lid on container and place this in the fridge for at least 5 hours (preferably overnight) so flavours have time to combine.
- In a large frying pan, cook chicken with oil and garlic until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine spinach, red peppers and cooked chicken then toss with dressing. This is a very thick dressing so start with a couple of tablespoons then add more to your preference.
Shoppers Cold & Flu Prize Pack:
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Reference: 15 Foods That Boost The Immune System – Healthline