We all crave something sweet from time to time.
In the current situation, it is so easy and comforting to reach for a biscuit.
However processed food have a negative impact on our immunity.
What if we could switch unhealthy desserts for a healthier (and delicious) version which could even help our immune system?
I am sure everyone has already heard about the avocado mousse. But did you know that this simple dessert contains some nutrients which are important for our immune system:
This super plant contains immune system supporting nutrients including vitamins A (beta-carotene), C, E, B6, healthy omega 3 fats, and small amounts of zinc and selenium, plus phytochemicals, and due to fat content it is filling and it even contains fibre!
Contains polyphenols (bioactive compounds found in plants having a beneficial effect on health) and it has a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it influences the gut immune system; if you use raw cocoa nibs even better! Look for a high quality unsweetened cocoa powder.
High-quality honey is a source of antioxidants, phytochemicals, and has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, it has been shown to be beneficial for upper respiratory tract infections, other products such as propolis or bee pollen are immune superstars and can be added as well; it is important that you use the high-quality honey, with Manuka being probably the best yet pricey!
If you top it with pomegranate or blueberries you will have an additional antioxidants boost!
Why not add cinnamon which in addition to having anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties may help to balance blood sugar (depending on how much honey you add!) or anti-inflammatory turmeric?
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons honey
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- you may add a pinch of good quality salt
Blend everything together and top up with pomegranate, berries or cocoa nibs!
Mark L. Dreher & Adrienne J. Davenport (2013) Hass Avocado Composition and Potential Health Effects, Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 53:7, 738-750
Pérez-Cano, F. J., Massot-Cladera, M., Franch, A., Castellote, C., & Castell, M. (2013). The effects of cocoa on the immune system. Frontiers in pharmacology, 4, 71.
Samarghandian, S., Farkhondeh, T., & Samini, F. (2017). Honey and Health: A Review of Recent Clinical Research. Pharmacognosy research, 9(2), 121–127.