Going through the COVID-19 crisis, we MUST use all our weapons against pathogenic bugs that compromise health. Let’s talk about potent, natural antiviral foods. There are many of them, like garlic, oregano, ginger and so much more, all with epic antimicrobial and/or healing properties backed up by solid science.
In order to support families in a meaningful way I will be sharing every 10 days several easy recipes and ideas featuring food ingredients with proven antiviral ingredients.
This week I focus on two major food players: garlic and onions.
If I could pick just one antiviral food to eat non-stop during the current crisis that would be garlic. I know, the taste is strong and not exactly most people’s favorite, but it works SO well against bugs of all kinds.
So, here are my top garlic ways & recipes to keep our families healthy and happy.
- This is a traditional Greek spread based on yogurt and cucumber. It’s really fresh and smooth and accompanies perfectly roasted vegetables of any kind, can be used as an appetizer with cheese and crackers or even in sandwiches. Hands down, best recipe (and sweetest story about it) comes from Bella @ful.filled
- Eggplant & garlic salad (technically spread). This is another beautiful Greek way to enjoy garlic with a somewhat polarizing vegetable. The trick here is to slowly roast the eggplants until their flesh becomes creamy and caramelized. I hated eggplants as a kid, but when I tried THIS stuff (in my 20s), I fell in love with it… Again, Bella from @ful.filled gives in my opinion the best rustic style recipe for this salad (You can tell I admire this woman, right??).
- Fermented garlic. OK, here we take garlic to the next level. Not only we use raw garlic for this, but the fermentation itself adds a universe of beneficial bacteria (absolutely critical for immune defences too), while making the garlic taste a lot milder. Best recipe by Cultures for Health
- Aged garlic. OMG… I absolutely love this stuff. There are only bonus points here, mainly almost zero garlic taste, super smooth texture, can be eaten as it is in any way you like – cooking is not needed or forbidden.
Onion comes side by side with garlic for its antiviral and healing properties. And like garlic, it has a very special flavor and smell that many people, especially children, dislike. Which is why it’s worth doing our best to integrate it into our daily meals, even cooked.
Here are my 5 top ways/recipes to do just that.