It is that time of the year again - flu season. With all the chilly cold and hot temperatures also comes the spread of those dreadful words cold and flu. This time of the year also brings challenges to the healthiest of people. The changing of temperatures, cold winds, rain beating up our bodies and the spreading of colds and flu through families, schools and the workplace is not a big help this time of the year.
Frequent hand washing: Frequent or regular hand washing is the best way to remove and prevent germs, getting sick and spreading germs to others. Wash hands with soapy water under warm running water for 20 seconds. To determine what 20 seconds is, singe the happy birthday song or say the ABCs. Children and adults should follow these easy steps: Wet – Lather – Scrub – Rinse – Dry (WLSRD).
Dress in layers: Layer up with clothes that are warm but light and wear waterproof boots, a hat, mittens and a scarf for your neck and throat.
Flu shot: It is recommended that getting an annual flu shot helps fight the flu and if you get the flu, it is not as bad as if you didn’t get the flu shot.
Healthy eating habits: Always practice eating healthy during the wintertime to help avoid missing work or school. Remember to stay active, eat a healthy and well balanced meal and get lots of sleep. Drink plenty of water, hot liquids (broth), and sugar-free clear liquids (sports drinks). Choose foods rich in vitamins C to boost the immune system (mangoes, strawberries, tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli and citrus fruits).
1 head of cauliflower, cored and chopped into florets
1 medium potato, peeled and diced
4 cups vegetables broth or chicken broth
½ teaspoon herbs de Provence (or a pinch of each: rosemary, parsley, oregano, and thyme)
Salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Pour in batches into a blender, being careful not to overfill the blender. Puree until smooth. You can also use a hand blender to puree the soup right in the pot. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture