With the upcoming equinox on Friday March 20th now is a good time to put some attention on creating balance and harmony in your body. As the seasons change this can increase the demands on your health due to the need to adapt to the adjustments in the external elements.
For those in the northern hemisphere it is a perfect time to undertake a spring cleansing program with a raw food detox diet. After a long winter most of us have been eating heavier foods and the raw food diet is the perfect antidote. Raw foods help you feel lighter and invigorated while they work to assist with toxin elimination and restoring alkalinity.
If you are in the southern hemisphere the autumn equinox is also a good time to cleanse to support immunity and prepare your body for the cooler weather ahead. However, an autumn cleanse may include more warming foods like broths, soup and cooked vegetables.
During times of seasonal change it is also beneficial to support your immunity by focusing on foods with antiviral effects such as pineapple, oranges, mango, coconut, lemon, ginger and raw honey.
Read more >>> Raw Foods to Help You Get Rid of a Viral Infection
To get you inspired about eating healthy as the seasons change take a look at these immune-boosting recipes. This list includes a couple of cooked recipes for those of you living in cooler climates or are just getting started with eating a raw food diet.
1. Cranberry Ginger Tea
This tea keeps you warm, detoxified and boosts your immune system.
Recipe here: Cranberry Ginger Tea
2. Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie
Pineapple is the base of this smoothie which accounts for its anti-viral effects to protect your body during seasonal changes.
Recipe here: Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie
3. Tangerine and Papaya Antioxidant Fruit Bowl
Tangerine and papayas are both wonderful sources of vitamin C.
Recipe here: Tangerine and Papaya Antioxidant Fruit Bowl
4. Mango Spirulina Pudding with Aloe and Bee Pollen
The combination of mango, spirulina, aloe vera and bee pollen has immune-boosting benefits.
Recipe here: Mango Spirulina Pudding with Aloe and Bee Pollen
5. Zucchini Noodles with Lemon and Dill
A light and satisfying meal especially suitable for a spring cleansing raw detox diet.
Recipe here: Zucchini Noodles with Lemon and Dill
6. Lemon Garlic Tahini Dressing
It’s important to have a good salad dressing in your repertoire. This one has lemon, garlic and healthy fats to modulate the immune response and reduce inflammation.
Recipe here: Lemon Garlic Tahini Dressing
7. Winter Citrus Salad
This salad helps you maintain a high intake of raw fruit and vegetables no matter what time of year.
Recipe here: Winter Citrus Salad
8. Strawberry Romaine Salad with Pine Nuts and Strawberry Sesame Vinaigrette
A salad inspired by a recipe from Joel Fuhrman’s Super Immunity book. Perfect for spring when strawberries come into season.
9. Vegetables with Orange Curry Sauce
If you are craving something warm and nourishing this recipe is sure to satisfying while allowing you to stay on a raw food diet.
Recipe here: Vegetables with Orange Curry Sauce
10. Creamy Thai Soup
This raw soup provides the anti-viral and immune supporting benefits of coconut in a creamy, delicious blend.
Recipe here: Creamy Thai Soup
11. Light and Energizing Ginger-Lemongrass Soba Soup
A flavorful broth with vegetables and gluten-free soba noodles is an alternative when you feel like eating warm, yet still light. Lemongrass is an immune-system restorative that improves circulation and detoxifies the lymphatic system.
Recipe here: Light and Energizing Ginger-Lemongrass Soba Soup
12. Veggie Curry
A warm vegetable curry gives you just what you need to stay on a cleansing diet when the weather is cooler. This recipe includes turmeric – which is well-known for its wide variety of health benefits – along with coconut cream, which has an anti-viral effect.
Recipe here: Veggie Curry
Do you have any tips for staying healthy as the seasons change?
What are your favorite immune-boosting foods and recipes?
Special thanks to Aloha for contributing some of the recipes in this post.