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As you gather with friends and family for the holidays, try adding this immune boosting salad dressing recipe to your dinner menu. Just make sure everyone in the house eats some, so you don't notice the garlic! www.growingslower.com #immuneboosters #healthyrecipes

As you gather with friends and family for the holidays, try adding this immune boosting salad dressing recipe to your dinner menu. Just make sure everyone in the house eats some, so you don’t notice the garlic!

I was feeling quite sorry for myself during my second pregnancy. My diet was limited due to trying to keep my blood sugar in check. If you’ve dealt with gestational diabetes (or regular diabetes for that matter) I’m sure you know what I mean.

Eggs, salad, protein, nuts, cheese, repeat. I’m sure I could have been more imaginative, but I did the best I could in that particular space and time.

It wasn’t fun, but at least one good thing came of it. I concocted this tasty immune-boosting salad dressing and ate it almost everyday, sometimes twice.

Looking back, I believe that it helped me stay healthy throughout my pregnancy, even with a constantly-sick 2-year-old. I almost always managed to avoid the bugs he brought home!

As you gather with friends and family for the holidays, try adding this immune boosting salad dressing recipe to your dinner menu. Just make sure everyone in the house eats some, so you don't notice the garlic! www.growingslower.com #immuneboosters #healthyrecipes

 

Easy DIY Salad Dressing Recipe

Each of the ingredients contribute a little something to the immune-boosting properties of the dressing.

Yogurt

The stuff growing in your gut is linked very closely to your immune system. Yogurt contains probiotics which have been shown to improve symptoms of a long list of diseases and boost the immune system.

Garlic

Eating plenty of garlic has been shown to dramatically reduce your chances of catching a cold. I really believe this is the key immune boosting ingredient in this recipe. The more garlic the better!

Lemon Juice

Citrus fruits contain a high concentration of immune boosting Vitamin C. One serving of this dressing gives you 13% of your daily allowance.

Real Salt

I’m a little obsessed with my Redmond Real Salt. Maybe a lot obsessed. We’ve really cut back on the quality of many of the ingredients we purchase as we’re diligently trying to become debt free in 2014. However, this is one of the foods I just can’t compromise! It tastes so much better than regular processed salt. With all the extra calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, and other minerals, at least I can claim some health benefits as an excuse.

Dill

Dill can be used for soothing tummy troubles and it also increases milk supply for nursing mamas.

 

As you gather with friends and family for the holidays, try adding this immune boosting salad dressing recipe to your dinner menu. Just make sure everyone in the house eats some, so you don't notice the garlic! www.growingslower.com #immuneboosters #healthyrecipes

Immune Boosting Salad Dressing Recipe

Makes 1 pint. Serves about 8.

2-8 pressed garlic cloves to taste (I prefer 8, and the more garlic will improve the immune boosting effects)
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 Tablespoons fresh dill
1/4 teaspoon Real Salt
1-2/3 cup plain whole yogurt

Directions. Mix the garlic, lemon juice, dill, and salt in a small bowl. Stir in yogurt, and mix thoroughly.

Nutrition Facts

1- 1/4 cup serving contains the following:
Calories 41
Fat 1.6 g
Carbohydrates 4.1 g
Protein 2.4 g
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 13%
Calcium 9%
Iron 1%

 

References:

Digestive Disorders Health Center: What are Probiotics?
9 Power Foods that Boost Immunity
Probiotic

 

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