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5 Simple Wintertime Immune-Boosting Tips

5 Simple Wintertime Immune-Boosting Tips

The kids in my 2nd-grade class are dropping like flies, there is a chorus of coughing and sneezing around circle time, and I know a few people who’ve had a nasty flu. No thank you. Even if you don’t work in a petry dish of germs like I do, here are 5 simple and effective strategies to boost your immune system. Prevention is always the best bet!

Immune-Boosting Orange Julius

Immune-Boosting Orange Julius

While I love just eating the fruit, this juice (which really tastes just like an Orange Julius, without all the sugar) is a super delicious and easy way to change things up. Additionally, the turmeric and cinnamon kick up the flavor and the health-boosting properites: turmeric is anti-inflammatory, as well as mood and brain-boosting; cinnamon, in addition to being a warming winter-spice (a good pairing with the warm-weather citrus fruit) and blood-sugar stabilizing, also fights viruses and infections!  Keep it coming. 

Super Foods Adaptogenic Hot Chocolate

Super Foods Adaptogenic Hot Chocolate

In the cold months, this is one of my go-to night time desserts. I used raw cacao, considered a super-food for it's high nutritient and antioxidant profile. Cacao also contains high levels of magnesium, the "calm mineral," so it's great for anyone dealing with stress or anxiety and good for night time. (If you're super sensitive to caffeine, you might not want this before bed however.)  I've also added ashwagandha, an ayurvedic and adaptogenic herb that nourishes your adrenal glands, helps your body deal with stress and fatigue, is good for memory and focus,  and stabilizes blood sugar.  You can also add maca powder, another adaptogen, to really up the adrenal-boosting properties, and collagen for a nourishing protein boost. Like all my recipes, it's naturally low-glycemic and is paleo-friendly.   The best part though is it whips up in the time it takes to heat up a cup of your milk on the stove, and is rich, chocolately, and just goooood.  I've been making it every night, and will continue to do so until I get tired of it. 

Almond Butter Bliss Balls

Almond Butter Bliss Balls

These almond butter bliss balls are an easy make-ahead snack that's perfect for that mid-afternoon slump, pre-workout, or even a quick breakfast on the go.  They're filled with protein and healthy fats to keep you satisfied and keep your blood sugar from plummeting (read: no hangries, or crazy cravings), and so tasty! I've added maca powder for some adrenal support, to help keep your bod and hormones balanced from all of life's stresses. 

Paleo Zucchini Fritters (You won't miss the gluten and dairy)

Paleo Zucchini Fritters (You won't miss the gluten and dairy)

These gluten-free and dairy-free zucchini fritters are super delicious, and a great way to use up some of that extra zucchini you may be stockpiling like I am. How did zucchini get a bad rap, by the way? It's so freaking versatile, and one of my favorite summer veggies.  

What I'm Eating This Week

What I'm Eating This Week

Hey there.  As a health coach, one of the questions people most often ask me is"What do you eat?" So in case you're wondering too, here's a quick look at what I'm eating this week (and some of what I ate last week).  I'm not saying the way I eat is the "right way" or that you have to do exactly what I do, but if you struggle with energy-levels, brain fog, blood sugar instability, poor digestion, or skin issues like acne, these meals may work for you.