And for an added superfood immune boost from vitamin C, why not mix up a zesty lemon-infused meal.
Mushrooms are excellent pan-pals with easy-to-find, affordable and flavoursome ingredients like lemons, which are high in antioxidants to support immune function.
Spritz fresh lemon juice over fried mushrooms for brightness, use it in Thai mushroom-noodle dishes for a deliciously sour note, or try this mushroom ceviche recipe for your vitamin C boost.
- 45ml lemon juice
- 1 orange, finely grated zest and juice
- ½ red onion, finely diced
- 250g fresh, firm, baby button mushrooms
- 60ml chilled vegetable stock
- 2 tomatoes, deseeded and diced
- ½ cucumber, deseeded and diced
- 1 avocado, diced
- 5ml hot sauce (optional)
- 15ml fresh coriander, chopped
- 15ml olive oil
- Salt and milled black pepper, to taste
Lemons are packed with vitamin C, which is important for immune system support, particularly during an infection as this vitamin increases white blood cell production.
- Place the lemon juice, orange juice and zest into a non-metallic mixing bowl.
- Add the red onion, stir and set aside for 15 minutes.
- Add the mushrooms and stand for 5 minutes.
- Carefully stir in the remaining ingredients and season to taste.
- Drain away any excess liquid.
- Serve the mushroom ceviche with pita toasts or nachos.
Fresh mushroom contains a small about of vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron, especially from non-meat sources like the mushrooms themselves.
Author: Pedro van Gaalen
When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.