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Dips to Boost Immunity

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That’s right! You can power up your immunity with some yummy and healthy dips.

Dr. Jen of Well Adjusted Babies has created these 3 recipes for hummus (and its variations), pesto and guacamole. They are easy and delicious ways to give your family a dose of raw garlic – nature’s antibiotic that helps to ward off flus, viruses, worms and parasites.

Serve these dips with veggie sticks, corn chips, steamed veggies or as a garnish for soup.

dips to boost immunity

TRADITIONAL HUMMUS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 x 400 gram (14 ounce) can of chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs—coriander (cilantro), parsley or basil (optional)
  • 1 small clove of garlic (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, to taste

METHOD

  1. Place all ingredients and herbs (if using) in a food processor and blend.
  2. Stop the blender after 1-2 minutes and use a spatula to push down the mixture from the sides to ensure the blade captures all the ingredients.
  3. Continue blending until smooth.

NOTE: You can also blend for less time and leave the hummus a little chunky if you like.

JEN’S WICKED PESTO SAUCE

This pesto is great with pasta, as a garnish on minestrone soup, and it makes a delicious spread on pizza. It certainly holds its own when entertaining.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large bunch fresh basil leaves (or use 1/2 basil and 1/2 spinach or chard)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • A sprinkle of chilli flakes (optional)
  • 40 grams (1.5 ounces) pine nuts, to taste
  • 50 grams (2 ounces) parmesan cheese, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons good olive oil (most important of all)

METHOD

  1. Place all ingredients and herbs (if using) in a food processor and blend.
  2. Stop the blender after 1-2 minutes and use a spatula to push down the mixture from the sides to ensure the blade captures all the ingredients.
  3. Continue blending until smooth and adjust taste accordingly.

GUACAMOLE WITH FRESH HERBS, CUMIN AND LIME

This healthy, nutrient-packed dip is great served with gluten-free crackers, corn chips, fresh veggies, or as a delicious vegetarian sandwich spread. The herbs and spices add ?avour and extra nutrition to the guacamole. We also love it with Falafels.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ripe avocados (pits removed)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander (cilantro) (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped spring onion (green onion)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon agave syrup or honey (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper

METHOD

  1. Scoop the flesh out of the avocados with a spoon and place in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Gently mash the avocado with the lime juice.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and gently mix to combine.
  4. It is best served immediately, but will keep for the next day in the refrigerator.

NOTE: You can bury the avocado pit in the guacamole to keep the dip from turning brown. This usually works, but not always.

Optional Additions

  • 1/4 cup finely diced tomato
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion

Recipes and photo courtesy of Well-Adjusted Babies

 

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