Never has there been more focus on the value of health and having an optimally functioning immune system. However, it’s important to realise that the concept of “boosting” your immune system doesn’t hold any scientific merit. According to Health Direct, there is no automatic cure or supplement that you can take to “boost” the entirety of your immune system.
Rather, your immunity is based on a whole bunch of different health, nutrition and activity factors. While it might sound too simple, the best way to help build the strength of your immune system is to adopt a holistic healthy lifestyle. That means getting enough sleep, being regularly active and following a balanced diet to ensure you’re getting a wide array of important vitamins, minerals and fibre.
Given our immune system begins in our gut, it’s important to keep your gut microbiome in balance. A fibre-rich diet, including lots of colourful fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes will nourish the beneficial bacteria, which in turn help keep your immune system in good working order.
Here’s a breakfast recipe that I love to start my day on the right foot – a satisfying and comforting bowl full of wholegrain goodness, fibre, and protein helping you stay in fighting shape.
Cook time 10 minutes
• 1 ½ cups UNCLE TOBYS Traditional Rolled Oats
• 2 bananas
• 1 ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
• 3 tbsp maple syrup
• 2 cups skim milk
• 1 tbsp peanut butter
• ½ cup water, add more water for desired consistency
• Natural Greek yoghurt, for serving
• 1 tsp crushed nuts, for serving
1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line a small baking tray with baking paper.
2. Gently peel the banana and slice each banana in half, lengthways.
3. Place the bananas on the prepared baking tray and sprinkle a quarter of teaspoon of cinnamon on top, drizzle in the maple syrup. Bake for 8-10 mins.
4. Meanwhile, place the oats, milk, peanut butter, water and remaining cinnamon in a small pot on a medium-to high heat. Bring the oat mixture to boil, then allow to simmer on low-medium heat for 5-8 minutes until oats are soft and creamy, stirring continuously. Add more water to achieve your desired consistency.
5. Once oats are cooked, spoon into bowls, top with banana, a dollop of natural Greek yoghurt and sprinkle with crushed nuts.
Nutritional analysis*: Per serve: 1130kJ (269 cals); 37g carbs (18g sugars); 11g protein; 7g fat (0.1g sat fat**); 5.3g fibre; 54g sodium
*Nutritional information in a guide only, based on ingredients and quantities outlined in the method above.
**based on skim milk