Hey friends! How’s life? Things are pretty swell over here. I’m in the middle of my three day “weekend”, so I certainly can’t complain. However, I received my mandatory annual flu shot at work the other day, and since I got sick within a week or two of receiving it the last two years, I’ve been babying my immune system all week. Most of my food choices yesterday were purposely to help my body resist getting sick.
I woke up and almost immediately left to run some errands, including picking up groceries for the day. Of course, I brought my hot lemon water with me.
I’ve mentioned it before, but I love to start my day with hot water with half of a lemon squeezed in, because it’s hydrating, and is also alkalizing. The more alkaline your body’s inner environment is, the better it is able to fight disease.
Big surprise, I grabbed a kombucha while I was at the store.
I forgot how yummy the Guava Goddess flavor is. Plus, kombucha is loaded with probiotics, or good bacteria, which help crowd out the bad bugs.
When I got home, I immediately made myself a big green juice.
Cucumber, spinach, celery, green apple, lemon and ginger. Pretty standard, but also very nourishing and alkalizing.
While I drank my green juice, I got ready to head to my first fall Growth Group meeting for church. The meeting ended up being great! We watched the intro video for the series we’re going to be working on this season, and spent the rest of the time chatting and getting to know each other. There was also pizza provided for the group, and I had a couple slices of the cheese pizza, even though it didn’t exactly fit into my day of immune pampering. I didn’t take pictures, because I didn’t feel like explaining my crazy actions to a room full of people I barely knew.
When I got home, I set to work making myself a big pot of miso soup.
I used carrots and mushrooms as my veggies, and tofu as my protein. I also topped it with hemp seeds and sesame seeds after I took the picture. Miso is another great probiotic. Think of miso soup as a more effective version of chicken noodle soup for when you’re sick. It’s soothing, plus it’s great for your immune system. Onions, and especially, garlic, are wonderful cold/flu fighters, as well.
A few hours later, when Keenan got home from work, I whipped us a batch of cannellini bean hummus.
I topped with with diced tomatoes, and we dug into it with some delicious 8-grain pitas. It was my first time making cannellini bean hummus, and it was actually really good. I could barely tell the difference, but I almost liked this version better! Cannellini beans are a great source of protein, iron and folate.
So, what have you been munching on?
Affirmation of the Day: I am a princess (or prince), and treat myself accordingly.