Flu-Fighting Foods

The Doctors offers a delicious spread of foods that will help boost your immune system and combat cold and flu symptoms.

The Doctors' Parfait Recipe
A delicious concoction to stimulate your immune system and reduce the risk of falling ill.

2 cups plain, low-fat yogurt
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp wheat germ
1 ripe banana sliced
1 tbsp honey

• Combine the yogurt and cocoa powder in a bowl
• Transfer half to a parfait glass
• Top yogurt with the sliced bananas
• Sprinkle with wheat germ
• Repeat to create another layer of each
• Drizzle the honey on top and enjoy

Yogurt: Helps reduce the risk of contracting the flu and kick-starts the immune system.

Cocoa powder: Contains flavonols, antioxidants that fight off free radicals that damage healthy cells and make your body weak and susceptible to infection.

Bananas: Soothing to the stomach.

Wheat germ: Rich in vitamin B6 and zinc, which are essential vitamins to having a healthy immune system.

Honey: Coats and soothes your throat, which can, in turn, suppress coughing.

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Dr. Sears’ Sick-as-a-Dog Biscuit Recipe
2 ¼ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
¼ cup molasses
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tbsp ginger
½ cup oats
1 ¼ cups chopped pecans
1 ¼ cups cranberries

• Preheat oven to 375 degrees
• Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a mixing bowl
• Stir until combined
• In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and brown sugar with a hand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy
• Beat in the eggs in one at a time
• Slowly add the molasses and continue to beat
• Add the yogurt and ginger
• Beat until smooth and combined
• Reduce the speed and beat in the flour mixture
• Fold in oats and half of the cranberries and pecans
• Drop the mixture in tablespoon-sized heaps onto an ungreased cookie sheet and sprinkle with remaining cranberries and pecans
• Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown

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Vitamin C and E Cold Soba Salad Recipe

8 oz package Soba noodles
¾ cup diced red bell peppers
¼ cup slivered almonds
Citrus dressing (Recipe below)

• Boil Soba noodles until soft
• Drain and chill
• Toss cold Soba noodles with diced fresh red peppers and citrus dressing

Citrus Dressing:
• Whisk equal parts lemon juice, orange juice, honey, mustard and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl until blended.

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Mock-Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Ingredients for the Crust:
1¼ cup flour
1/4 tsp sugar
1/3 cup skim milk or soy milk
2 tbsp vegetable oil

• Combine flour and sugar in bowl
• Add milk and oil to flour mixture
• Stir with fork until well mixed
• With your hands, form pastry into a smooth ball
• Roll ball between two 12-inch squares of waxed paper, using short, brisk strokes, until pastry reaches the edge of paper
• Peel off top paper and invert crust into 9-inch pie plate, press to fill bottom.

Ingredients for the Filling:
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp nutmeg 3 large eggs beaten or egg substitute
¼ cup canned evaporated skim milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
• Combine sugars, salt, nutmeg and eggs
• Add milk and vanilla and stir
• Add sweet potatoes and mix well
• Pour mixture into pie shell
• Bake for 60 minutes or until crust is golden brown
• Cool and cut into 16 slices

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This recipe is from the Keep the Beat Heart Healthy Recipes developed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to help Americans keep their heartbeat strong.