In this cold weather, we are always looking for something warm, whether it be a loved one or something that will fight away getting sick, at this time of year. How about a recipe for both? Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so why not embrace your inner foodie, and be festive and preventative all at once. Here, I will be showing you fun festive foods, ingredients, and places to get them, that will shield you from getting a cold.
Chocolate is the universal food of this holiday. When getting your loved one a box of chocolates, remember dark chocolate is the way to go. I did my research and here's why. Don't get flustered by the vocabulary I'm going to use, I will break it down for you. Cocoa is high in polyphenols, which is a chemical compound that makes chocolate a strong antioxidant. Basically, my point is that the consumption of dark chocolate is proven to aid not only the immune system but cardiovascular activities, functions of your brain, and even cancer prevention. Let's face it, chocolate will impact your heart the most - I mean who doesn't love the sweet gesture of getting chocolate.
The perfect prevention method; turmeric. It is proven that people who ingest turmeric are less likely to catch a cold, cough, and congestion. This is because turmeric is high in antioxidants. Start your day with a turmeric tonic drink - an anti-inflammatory juice. For three juicy recipes from Vogue, click here. For a sweet Valentine's Day twist, opt for a ginger turmeric cookie (see recipe here). Or take your lover to a romantic local Indian Restaurant where turmeric is often used in curry.