5 Immunity-Boosting Ingredients to Celebrate the UN’s “International Year of Fruits and Vegetables,” from Clean Eating Expert Chef Mareya Ibrahim - Food & Beverage Magazine

5 Immunity-Boosting Ingredients to Celebrate the UN’s “International Year of Fruits and Vegetables,” from Clean Eating Expert Chef Mareya Ibrahim

For nearly a decade, clean-eating expert Chef Mareya Ibrahim has persistently shared the simple yet powerful message that food is medicine – and whole fruits and veggies are key to health and wellbeing. Now, a recent United Nations report names 2021 the “International Year of Fruits and Vegetables,” echoing this crucial message and calling for sustainable production methods that empower greater food security worldwide.


America’s “Fit Foodie” Chef Mareya Ibrahim is the award-winning inventor behind the eatCleaner®, eatSafe™, and eatFresh™ collections of plant-based food safety products, as well as the best-selling author of Eat Like You Give A Fork: The Real Dish on Eating to Thrive. Following a year marked by an ongoing global pandemic, Chef Ibrahim shares the essential fruits and veggies necessary to help boost immunity and support balanced health, naturally:


  • “C” is for citrus. The body does not produce or store Vitamin C on its own. Zesty grapefruit, orange, or lemon infuses a kick of this germ-fighting vitamin to your day. Enjoy as an anytime snack or add a squeeze to water or tea.
  • Paint the plate red. Speaking of Vitamin C, one red bell pepper carries three times the amount of a Florida orange… plus a punch of beta carotene, a mighty wellness-supporting antioxidant.
  • Go green. A snack or side dish of broccoli delivers a dose of Vitamins A, C, and E, along with fiber and rich antioxidants. Enjoy raw or steamed to preserve this powerhouse veggie’s powerful nutritional content.
  • Infection-fighting flavor booster. A teaspoon-full of garlic goes a long way toward flavorful dishes packed with immune-supporting allicin. Bonus: some studies suggest this pungent superfood may also help slow the hardening of arteries and reduce blood pressure.
  • Recovery root. Ginger root adds subtle spice to recipes and hot beverages, while also helping to decrease inflammation and soothe the stomach. Try it in Chai tea for extra zing!


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