While we often hone in on vitamins and herbal supplements when we want to boost our immunity, trace minerals like zinc, copper and selenium are all important for the production of white blood cells and the activation of our immune system. If you want to eat more minerals, these delicious recipes provide a full day’s worth of mineral-rich meals.
BREAKFAST: Decadent Chocolate Cashew Smoothie
This breakfast shake is so decadent and indulgent, you won’t believe that it’s completely dairy-free (in fact, it’s vegan-friendly!). It’s the perfect way to start your day if you’re trying to eat more minerals: The cashews give this smoothie a luxuriously creamy taste and provide more than half a day’s worth of immunity-boosting zinc.
1 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup rolled oats
1-2 pitted dates (adjust for your own personal preference of sweetness)
1 tbsp organic chia seeds
1 tbsp organic cocoa powder
1 1/4 cup soy milk or your favorite plant-based dairy alternative
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy. Enjoy!
LUNCH: Quick Crab Rolls
Elevate your daily lunch with a taste of New England. While the classic lobster roll is most people’s go-to when it comes to a delightful shellfish sandwich, the crab roll is just as simple to make and adds a bit of a twist.
It also adds a lot of copper! Your body needs copper to produce a type of white blood cell known as neutrophils, and crab is one of the best sources of copper.
1/4 cup butter, melted (a plant-based butter alternative also works great)
1 pound of crabmeat (canned works well)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh chives, minced
1 stalk celery, diced
1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seafood seasoning or a similar variety
A pinch of black pepper
4 buns (e.g. kaiser buns, hot dog buns, etc.)
Mix the crab with the butter, then add the other ingredients and mix to combine well.
Toast your buns, then fold in the crabmeat mixture. Enjoy!
DINNER: Garlic Butter Baked Salmon
If you’re wanting to eat your minerals, such fatty fish are also a top dietary source of selenium. Selenium has widespread effects on your immune system, including the activation and circulation of your immune cells.
This salmon recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight evening, because it takes just minutes to prepare and only one pan (who wants to deal with a plethora of dirty dishes?).
Plus, the garlic butter keeps the fish perfectly moist, and is sure to please the entire family.
4 6-ounce salmon fillets
5 cups of broccoli florets (fresh or frozen and thawed)
5 garlic cloves, minced or crushed
6 tbsp butter, melted (or your favorite dairy alternative)
1 tbsp light brown sugar
1/2 tsp each of dried oregano, thyme and rosemary
Pinch of salt and pepper
1 lemon, cut in half
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
While the oven heats up, combine all the sauce ingredients (except for the cut lemon) in a mixing bowl.
Lay some parchment paper on a large baking sheet. Place the salmon on the baking sheet, then scatter the broccoli florets around the fish.
Scatter the garlic over the fish, then drizzle the salmon and the broccoli with your sauce.
Squeeze the lemon juice over the pan, then bake for 15 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through.
More Ways to Support Your Health
Your diet is just one piece in your immune system’s wellness puzzle. Thymic proteins are another piece. It is the job of these thymic proteins to train the body’s immune system to effectively seek and identify diseased cells. Unfortunately, your levels of thymic proteins fall as you get older. BioPro-Plus 500 offers a full dose of thymic proteins to help restore your body’s natural levels. Maximize your health by combining the above meals with healthy supplements!
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