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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Immune boosting Foods.Vegetarian Lasagna (with Kale,Zucchini and Broccoli).

The Flu scare sure has spooked us all more than ever this season.Besides the preventive measures such as getting the flu shot, washing hands often ,disinfecting and avoiding contact with sick people be sure to consume nutrient rich foods to build a good defense against infections.

Eating from variety of fresh fruits and vegetables builds strong immune system.With flu season in full swing,it becomes all the more essential to make that right choice.Here are the important nutrients and good foods proven to build a strong defense against the infections and diseases.

*Beside the juicy oranges ,vegetables like broccoli, kale,peppers,tomatoes, berries,peaches and apples are good sources of Vitamin C .

*Vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids together are also essential for boosting the immunity.Almonds,dark leafy greens,broccoli and tomatoes are common foods rich in vitamin E.Flax oil,Extra virgin olive oil and fish like salmon are rich in omega-3.

*Minerals Zinc and Selenium are need in just the right quantities to build immunity.Wheat germ,wheat bran ,nuts like cashews,pine nuts and pecans are rich in zinc.Mushrooms,chicken and seafood like shrimp ,salmon and tuna is rich in selenium.

*Spices like fresh garlic and ginger ,dry spices like turmeric ,cumin ,coriander and cinnamon are wonderful immune enhancers.

*Flavonoids and probiotics are becoming ever so popular for building strong body defense.Yogurts with live cultures are best source of probiotics.Flavonoids are present in foods like Cocoa,Dark leafy greens, beans and fresh cranberries.

*Cartenoids like beta-carotene found in Sweet potatoes,carrots and dark leafy greens are also counted as immune boosters.

[Book referred for immunity foods Super Immunity foods and WHFoods ]

Find this veggie rich recipe of Vegetarian Lasagna (with Kale,Zucchini and Broccoli) at Wandering Chopsticks,the featured blog of month for Tried and Tasted Event.The Host of the month is Trupti of Trupti´s Food Corner .I used low fat ricotta instead of mozzarella,although one can used both kind of cheeses.The juicy vegetables fill in perfectly,truly a wholesome alternative to those on no meat diet.

29 comments:

mona said...

Comforting bowl of yumminess that it!

5 Star Foodie said...

This is a great vegetarian entree, delicious & healthy!

Poornima Nair said...

Lasagna looks yumm...great vegetarian version.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It looks so good! I always enjoy such dishes...

Cheers,

Rosa

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks delicious! Love to prick a piece from it :)

Cham said...

Trully delicious choice :)

Prathibha said...

Such a great combo dear..Feeling like grabbing that plate..

sowmya.s said...

looks delicious..

Priya said...

Definitely very healthy and delicious that too with loads of veggies..yumm!

Happy cook said...

Wow looks so beautiful, moist and yummyu delcious.

Shifa Firoz said...

wooow!!! it looks so comforting now! thnks for sharing a wonderful recipe :)

Sarah Naveen said...

Oh wow!! Lasagna looks fabulous dea..!!! very yummy

Curry Leaf said...

So tempting the lasgna looks.I must make it.Love that you used low fat ricotta -all the more healthier

Vegetable Matter said...

Looks great. Wondering if we can use our asian greens -- senposai, natsu rakuten, and tatsoi -- to prepare. We'll have to experiment.

Yasmeen said...

Vegetable Matter,
If kale works then any green should work ,even bitter greens can be used combined with mild greens like spinach :)

Renu said...

wonderful picture...and great recipe

Rahin said...

wow ....this is mouth watering Yasmeen....i love lasagna and kale too...m gonna try this soon :)

Sunshinemom said...

Looks absolutely inviting!!

meeso said...

That is so super healthy and much better than standard variety lasagna!

Gulmohar said...

Yummy yumm..Lasagna looks very tempting..Shall I grab a piece :-)

Varsha Vipins said...

Thanks for that whole load of info Yas..we just recovered from a flu here..That lasagna looks really nice..:)

Pari said...

yummy but at the same time a very healthy entry dear.
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K said...

That's a whole lot of useful information Yasmeen. I am just recovering from flu. Lasagna looks tempting!

Bharti said...

That looks really yummy Yasmeen. So hearty, healthy and tasty. Tell me something, do your kiddos eat food like this? Mine go thru phases. The lil' guy will eat raw stuff but usually doesn't enjoy cooked greens and veggies.

Yasmeen said...

Bharati,
Depends on their level of hunger really :)

Arabic Bites said...

I love this post yasmeen... filled with useful information ....
lasagna looks yummy... I used to make vegan lasagna similar to this & I add lentil to it :)
will try this soon :)

Have a good day :D

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Lovely dish, what a coincidence i posted re flu shots and here i see about immune boosting foods to combat flu.

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Thanks for trying my recipe. Your lasagna looks great. The discussion makes me curious about trying other greens to make this even healthier.

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