Today we had our first workshop in our new office space on a very hot topic – H1N1 and how to take care of yourself throughout cold and flu season. We discussed several recipes that you can make at home to boost your immune system as part of your self care plan to avoid getting sick… 
Immune boosting soup 

  • 3 pounds organic or grass fed beef bones
  • 3 pounds organic oxtails
  • 2 oz dried shitake mushrooms soaked in boiling water for 1/2 hour plus soaking liquid
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 3 carrots, cut into chunks
  • 3 burdock roots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • Fresh thyme and parsley
  • Salt and pepper
    Directions: Place the beef and bones into a pot. Cover with water and slowly bring to a boil, skimming the surface occasionally. When the water comes to a boil, turn down to simmer, add the mushrooms, carrots, burdock, and onion. Add sprigs of fresh thyme and parsley, as well as salt and pepper to taste. Cook on low heat around 3-4 hours until the meat falls off the bones. 
    Immune enhancing juice 

  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 5 carrots
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 bunch of Swiss chard
    Directions: Juice the apple, Swiss chard, carrots and pepper. Add citrus juice and enjoy! 
    Immunity smoothie

  • ½ cup papaya or 1 kiwi
  • ¼ cup frozen berries
  • 1 scoop whey protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon manuka or local raw honey
  • 1 tablespoons fresh pumpkin seed butter
  • Guava, pomegranate or orange juice to thin
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