1 medium-sized butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large onion, chopped
3 medium cloves garlic, chopped
1 TBS chopped fresh ginger
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp curry powder
3/4 cup vegetable stock
6 oz canned coconut milk
salt & white pepper to taste
Heat 1 TBS stock in the pan and sauté onions and garlic in stock over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until translucent.
Add garlic and ginger, and continue to sauté for another minute. Add turmeric and curry powder, and mix well.
Add the peeled and chopped butternut squash and stock, and mix. Bring to a boil on high heat. Once it comes to a boil reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered until squash is tender, about 10 minutes.
Place in blender and blend with coconut milk and blend until smooth.
Thin with a little stock if needed. Season to taste with salt and white pepper
Eating the right diet can make all the difference in warding off those winter bugs. The immune’s system prime function is to protect the body against infection so supporting it as best as you can help to reduce susceptibility to colds and flu.
Top Tips to Boost your Immune System
Try to include plenty of vitamin C rich foods, such as peppers, tangerines, broccoli and parsley. Green leafy vegetables made into soups and sauces are a good idea for all the family too.
Include zinc rich foods such as beef, turkey, egg yolk, pumpkin and sesame seeds. Try dry roasting seeds in a little soya sauce as a healthy snack.
Vitamin D is important in the winter months too so include oily fish, fortified yoghurts and eggs. Make to most of any sunshine too!
Ensure you are getting enough protein. Good sources include fish, meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans and yoghurt.
Keep sugary snacks to a minimum as they reduce your immunity.
Cholesterol is a naturally occurring fat produced by the body and is essential for good health if kept at the correct level. Having too high a level can increase the risk of heart disease and strokes.
Cholesterol is carried through the blood in molecules called lipoproteins. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is often referred to as “bad” cholesterol. It consists mainly of fat which can become deposited in the arteries. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is considered the “good” cholesterol since its primary role is to transport LDL back to the liver where it can be processed for elimination.
Although a large percentage of the cholesterol in your blood stream is made by your own body, one way to try and control high cholesterol levels naturally is through diet and lifestyle changes.
Tips for lowering cholesterol levels
Reduce your intake of saturated and trans fats. These are found in fatty meats, dairy products, processed foods, biscuits and cakes.