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Mom makes this salad twice a week. She rarely gets sick

Coleslaw with white cabbage, carrot and apple
Coleslaw with white cabbage, carrot and apple
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1:01 PM EDT, October 11, 2023

The weather is no longer pampering us, and many of us have already had the first seasonal infection. Years ago, my mom incorporated a recipe into her diet that supports her immunity. In her opinion, this simple salad protects her from infections.

In the fall, we should pay special attention to our diet. A properly balanced diet, rich in vitamins and antioxidants, supports the proper functioning of the immune system. It's high time to include fermented foods in it, which will support our body in the fight against numerous microorganisms.

However, this does not mean that our daily menu should consist of gallons of sourdough starter or pounds of pickled cucumbers. My mom found a solution for this. Twice a week, she serves herself a salad made from sauerkraut. Seasonal infections do not affect her. Learn about this simple recipe.

My mom's healthy salad — recipe

Ingredients:

  • about 10.6 oz of good quality fermented cabbage,
  • a small carrot,
  • a medium apple,
  • 1/2 of a red onion,
  • the white part of a medium-sized leek,
  • a tablespoon of chopped dill,
  • salt and pepper to taste,
  • cold-pressed olive oil or rapeseed oil.

Preparation:

  1. Drain the sauerkraut of excess juice. If it is very sour, rinse it under cold water.
  2. Wash, peel, and grate the apple and carrot on a fine grater. Peel the onion and chop it into small cubes.
  3. Cut the leek into thin slices. After cutting, rinse it under running water and chop it into small cubes.
  4. Wash and chop the dill finely.
  5. Put all the vegetables in a bowl. Salt and pepper them to taste. Finally, drizzle them with a small amount of oil. However, the best will be rapeseed oil, which will give the salad a distinctive, nutty aftertaste.

Tips:

  1. Don't skimp on fat, as it helps transport vitamins into the bloodstream. Choose a variety that will also provide you with unsaturated fatty acids or vitamins A or E. Cold-pressed oils are the best. Especially recommended are canola oil, flaxseed oil, pumpkin seed oil, avocado oil, from evening primrose, sea buckthorn, or borage.
  2. Instead of dill, you can use parsley. Don't be sparing with it, as this humble vegetable contains a lot of vitamin C, folate, as well as iron. Consumed regularly, it will not only strengthen the immune system but also improve skin, hair, and nail condition.
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