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    Boosting Immunity Is Easy

    Boosting Immunity Is Easy

    Rather than facing the new year with a long list of resolutions, why not make a simple shift with a major immune health payoff?
    Eat more plant foods. That’s it.
    Eating more whole plant foods is a great way to strengthen immunity. By including these foods in your daily diet, you’ll be sending a clear message to your immune cells to arm themselves for battle.
    It’s simple. Start by filling two-thirds of your plate with vegetables, whole grains, and nuts. The remaining third should be tofu, tempeh, or beans. The trick lies in making sure you get adequate protein and vitamins in every meal—something these recipes help with, big time.

    Spiced Sweet Potato Jackets

    Nuts About Seed and Citrus Bread

    Detox Salad with Tofu Mayo

    Super plant foods

    You can’t always control whether you get ill or not. But you can support your immune system with proper sleep, regular exercise, fresh air, and a diet rich in plant foods. By doing so, you’ll have a better chance at staving off winter flus or, at the very least, making them short-lived.

    If you’re new to a plant food menu and a little hungry with the change, be sure to balance out your plate. Cover all your bases and include satisfying vegan staples in your meal. Be sure to include the following foods in your weekly diet.

    Vegan staples Why to include them 
    beans, lentils, and other legumes contribute to a healthy immune system
    dark green veggies like broccoli and dark leafy greens constitute a treasure trove of healthy B vitamins
    carrots, peppers, sweet potatoes, squash, and other brightly colored veggies boast oodles of antioxidants
    garlic has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties
    ginger, soy, miso, and tempeh are collectively good for the gut
    nuts, seeds, nut butters, and oils provide necessary and satisfying fats
    berries—dried and fresh are filled with healthy antioxidants

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