With Coronavirus still casting its dark shadow over the world, we continue to try to protect ourselves by staying home where possible and social distancing. However, if you are unfortunate enough to contract the virus then you can improve your chance of a speedy recovery by keeping your immune system strong. So how do you do that? Well there are certain foods you can eat that will help to give your immune system the much-needed boost.
Here are 20 of the best foods to boost your immune system.
2. Dark chocolate
4. Oily fish such as salmon, tuna, or pilchards
6. Sweet potatoes
10. Green tea
11. Sunflower seeds
13. Oranges (and other citrus fruits)
15. Red bell pepper
16. Greek yoghurt
In the near future we will be bringing you recipes, tips, and more to help you to stay healthy during this time. Keeping stress levels low, getting enough sleep, and regular exercise are also wonderful for a healthy immune system. Stay safe and sanitised, and keep an eye on the blog for more regular updates.
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Healthy eating doesn't have to be boring with Bliss. We're here to bring you delicious, healthy, and easy healthy recipes to help you achieve your dream beach body. Not only is this one-pan wonder tasty and full of nutritional value, it's super easy to adapt it to suit your preferences, by swapping out the meat and veg for your favourites.
Easy stir-fry recipe
Ingredients - serves 4
3 Tbsp of reduced salt soy sauce
2 Tbsp of oyster sauce
1 teaspoon of honey
1 teaspoon of brown sugar
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon of grated ginger or ginger powder
A pinch of Chinese 5 spice
Peanut oil or sesame oil to cook
2 Chicken breast fillets, chopped into strips
2 carrots, sliced
1 brown onion, chopped into strips
1 red bell pepper, chopped into strips
200g button mushrooms, chopped into slices
100g of beansprouts
Rice or noodles to serve
In a large bowl, combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, honey, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and Chinese 5 spice. Add the chicken, cover, and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 10 minutes.
Heat about 1 Tbsp of oil in a wok or frying pan. Use tongs to remove the chicken from the marinade and add to the pan. Do not dispose of the marinade. Cook the chicken until sealed.
Add the carrots and stir-fry for a few minutes until they begin to soften. Add the onion and continue to stir-fry for another 2 minutes. Add bell pepper and mushrooms and stir-fry for another 2 minutes.
Add the marinade to the pan and stir through. Simmer for around five minutes, stirring constantly. Add beansprouts and stir through immediately before serving with your choice of cooked rice or noodles.
We realise a green smoothie can look a little unappealing. However, with the right fruits, correct veggies, and perfect proportions, they can be delicious! Not to mention you will be full up of goodness and healthy ingredients.
The amount of vitamins you’ll get depends on which ingredients you use, but most fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins A and C. Many people struggle to eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables, and green smoothies are a way of easily adding more fruit and veg into your diet. Furthermore, green smoothies will give you energy and help to keep you full without consuming too many calories. Therefore, as well as keeping you healthy, they may assist with weight loss. They are also better for you than green juices as juices lack the fibre that smoothies retain. On top of this, making your own green smoothies is cheaper and healthier than buying them at juice bars.
There are ways to make your green smoothies taste delicious, rather than just tasting of vegetables. First, ensure that you have the correct fruit: veg ratio; the usual ratio is 60:40 but you may wish to start off with a ratio of 70:30. It's best to use sweet fruits such as pineapple or strawberries, as you will then be able to enjoy the smoothie without adding any sort of sweetener. Some greens also have a stronger taste than others, for example the taste of spinach is easily masked by the fruit,r your first few smoothies, as they are likely to contain ingredien but other greens such as kale have stronger tastes. You should still include kale but in smaller quantities. Using ‘creamy’ fruits will make a big difference to the texture of your smoothie, so try to include something creamy like banana, peach, pear or avocado.
Bliss are here to make healthy eating enjoyable for you with easy, healthy, delicious recipes. Next time you're tempted to call your favourite Chinese takeaway, make this healthier yet equally tasty fakeaway option instead.
Ingredients - serves 4
Peanut or sesame oil
500g lean mince beef
2 carrots, sliced
1 brown onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
2 cloves of garlic, diced
Teaspoon of grated or powdered ginger
Teaspoon of Chinese 5 spice
100g of button mushrooms, sliced
6 Tbsp of light soy sauce
4 Tbsp of oyster sauce
100g Vermicelli noodles
Prepare noodles according to packet instructions, then set aside.
Heat oil in a wok or frying pan. Add mince and brown.
Add carrots and stir fry for five minutes or until they begin to soften. Add onion and stir fry for two minutes. Add pepper, garlic, ginger, and five spice. Combine ingredients and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Add mushrooms and continue to stir-fry.
Once all veg in softened, add the soy sauce and oyster sauce, stir through, and simmer for around 5 minutes.
Add cooked noodles and mix everything together.
Serve and enjoy!
If you need a little help with your weightloss,
In case you haven't heard, we're aiming for total body confidence for all this summer! BUT we love a nice afternoon cocktail in the sun. We think you should still be allowed a treat once in a while, so here's a secret for you: not all cocktails were created equal! Here are our favourite healthier guilt-free cocktail recipes to make at home...
Cucumber & Elderflower Spritz
1.5 shots of gin
0.5 shot of elderflower liqeur
Juice of half a lemon
5 slices of cucumber, chopped into quarters
Soda water to taste
Cucumber wheel to garnish
Add all ingredients except for soda to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with soda to your preferred level. Garnish with cucumber wheel.
Skinny Grapefruit Margarita
1 shot of triple sec
1 shot of gold tequila
Juice of half a grapefruit
Juice of half a lime
Half a cup of sparkling water
Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a short glass either neat or on the rocks as you prefer.
3 wedges of lime
1 teaspoon of stevia
8 mint leaves
4 strawberries, sliced
2 shots of white rum
Place lime wedges into a tall glass and muddle. If you don't have a muddler, squeeze them in instead. Add the stevia, mint and strawberries. Add the rum. Top with crushed ice, then fill the glass with soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a strawberry.