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It’s Cold & Flu Season — Boost Your Immune System With These 13 Fall Healthy Comfort Foods

Fall is in the air… and so is the cold and flu virus! Instead of running straight for the medicine aisle at your local drugstore, try boosting your immune system by getting all the vitamins and nutrients you need from your food! After all, this season, you can’t afford to miss a thing.

Here at Dash, we are all driven by the adage “eat good, feel good”. But don’t fret if you’re already feeling under the weather, it was the great Hippocrates that once said, “let food be thy medicine”! So, we’ve got you covered with all the cozy fall food you’ll need. 

Here’s our “prescription”, 13 of our feel good fall favorites:

  1. Twice Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Hot Honey

The hot honey makes this sweet potato recipe even SWEETER. We didn’t know this kind of healthy goodness was possible. Sweet potatoes are an incredible source of calcium, selenium, iron, and fiber. They supply you with most of your B vitamins, which are vital to your metabolism, energy levels, and brain health. 

 2.    Air Fryer Butternut Squash Home Fries

Substitute regular potato home fries for this delicious seasonal variation, a great way to bring fall to any savory breakfast. The butternut squash is full of potassium, which can help keep your blood pressure in check. Get extra vitamin A with every bite, to support hair and skin health and prepare for the harsh and drying cold months ahead.

  1. Apple Cider Waffles

Next time you whip out your mini maker, try this delicious spin on a warm, spicy cider. Pair it with a delicious glass for the ultimate flavor combination.

4.   Sweet Potato Dutch Pancake

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Cast Iron Cookbook has the best Dutch pancake recipe on this planet. We’re positive. Once you’ve given that a try, give it a sweet potato twist with this autumnal recipe.

5.    Rice Cooker Poached Pomegranate Spiced Pears

Spiced pears are a cold weather staple. On every holiday menu they’re an obvious must-have, and pomegranate juice gives this recipe it’s festive color. The pomegranates and pears are packed full of antioxidants, they’ll give a boost to your immune system.

6.   Four Way Fall Popcorn Flavors 

Break out your Dash Popcorn Maker, and skip that plain butter! Pumpkin spice, s’mores, apple cobbler, and Vermont maple popcorn will be the talk of your Halloween-themed parties. Popcorn is a fantastic source of fiber, a necessity to help rid your body of unwanted bacteria.

7.    Creamy Slow Cooker Potato Soup

This soup tastes comfier than your favorite chunky knit. In fact? It’s smoother than that cashmere too. On top of that? Potatoes are another incredible source of vitamin C, they’ll give you up to half your daily dose! 

8.   Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

This morning, use your Dash Rapid Cold Brew System for something a bit more festive. Starbucks did it first, now it’s YOUR turn to make it at home! Plus, if you’re struggling with an upset stomach, cold brew’s low acidity will be much easier on your body than normal coffee.

9.    Harvest Wild Rice Skillet

Try this in your Dash Rapid Skillet! The apples, squash, and onions will have you thinking of fall in the countryside. 

Pro Tip: Red onions have way more nutrients than their white and yellow counterparts. Use them in your rice for added health benefits!

10.   Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake

Keto desserts are always a win, but this cheesecake is truly heavenly. No carbs needed! The pumpkin is full of vitamin A, great for your immune system, and it has tons of Lutein and Zeaxanthin, known to protect your eyesight.

11.   Vegan Sweet Potato Tahini Soup

Tahini is incredible for lowering cholesterol. Next time you’re under the weather, it’ll be the perfect cozy treat. Full of calcium and magnesium, this soup will have you feeling better in no time.

12.  One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Use your Dash Express Hot Pot Multi Pot to whip up this delicious and easy vegetarian fall staple. Then cuddle up to eat it under a pile of blankets (and don’t move for hours)!

13.   Fall Broccoli Cheddar Pockets

This perfect snack will give you all the vitamins and nutrients you need to fight off any on-coming cold. Broccoli is chock full of vitamins K and C! Not to mention, if you’re REALLY feeling under the weather, these pockets are so easy to make and eat. Perfect for the “bed-ridden”, minimal effort required!

Next time your food becomes your medicine, share it with us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest and use #unprocessyourfoods!  

Recipe Creds:

    1. Bon Appetit
    2. All Recipes
    3. Add A Pinch
    4. Taste Of Home
    5. Jannette’s Healthy Living
    6. HGTV
    7. The Girl Who Ate Everything
    8. Baked Brie
    9. Pinch Of Young
    10. Hey Keto Mama
    11. Eat Love Eats
    12. Kitchen Treaty
    13. Food Network