Hearty enough to be a vegetarian entree, cauliflower, tomatoes and spices help keep your immune system strong and healthy, deliciously.
The number of days you can spread the flu before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Yikes! You don’t even know you’re sick ;-(
3 to 4
The number of days the flu will make you feel like you’ve been hit with a truck. That is tired and achy, have a headache and fever, with cough and fatigue. Though it could last up to 2 weeks. Ouch!
3 to 5
The minutes the flu virus survives on your hands.
The number of feet flu germs can spread by a sneeze or cough from an infected person. Ugh!
The hours the flu virus can live on a surface.
The number of seconds you should wash your hands to prevent spreading (or picking up) the flu.
Stop the spread
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says washing your hands is the top defense to stop the spread of germs and the best way to reduce your exposure to the flu virus. Soap, water and 20 seconds of scrubbing is what it takes. Germs can get into the body though the eyes, nose and mouth, places we touch without even realizing it. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.
Cover your mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, or cough into your arm. The flu virus survives only 3 to 5 minutes on your hand, but left behind on another surface, it can live up to 48 hours. Think about the things you touch in a day that can harbor the flu virus — cell phones, remote controls, computer keyboards, doorknobs, sponges, toothbrushes, soap dispensers, shopping carts, handrails and the buttons of microwaves, vending machines, elevators and ATMs.
Washing your hands helps prevent spreading those sick germs. Soap, water and 20 seconds of scrubbing is what it takes. Germs can get into the body though the eyes, nose and mouth, places we touch without even realizing it. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.
Flu viruses are killed by heat above 167° F. Common household cleaning products also kill the virus, including products contains chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, detergents (soap), alcohols and iodine-based antiseptics.
The CDC recommends a flu vaccine as the best way to reduce the risk of getting the flu and it may make the illness milder if you do get sick. It’s not too late to get one. Doctor’s and public health offices plus many drug stores and grocery stores offer them.
If you do get the flu, fluids may help you feel better, sooth a sore throat and relieve congestion. Fever, runny nose, and coughing dehydrate you so sip some chicken soup, broth, juice, hot lemon water, tea or chocolate.
Though foods don’t prevent you from getting the flu, your best way to stay strong is to live a healthy lifestyle. Eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein, being physically active, getting adequate sleep, reducing stress, and not smoking keep your immune system healthy.
Why I like Spiced Tomato Cauliflower
- In this recipe I go big on spices and vegetables. Literally. I steamed the whole head of cauliflower. Yep, just plopped it in a pan and steamed if for about 10 minutes. A bag of fresh or frozen cauliflower also works.
- The ingredients offer bold flavors and lots of antioxidant compounds to help keep your immune system strong and healthy.
- Cauliflower is a health boosting, cancer-fighting crusader. Each bite has vitamin C, potassium, and fiber and glucosinolates.
- Canned tomatoes deliver convenience plus vitamin C, potassium, lycopene and fiber.
- Spices add pizzaz and help reduce inflammation and strengthen cells.
- It’s hearty enough to be a vegetarian entree.
Cauliflower fans, try this Roasted Cauliflower Fettuccine. A favorite at my house, but one of the most popular recipes on the blog!
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Spiced Tomato Cauliflower
- 1 head fresh cauliflower, or 16-ounce bag fresh or frozen
- 2 teaspoons oil, canola, olive or coconut
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cayenne
- ½ teaspoon red chile flakes
- 1 14.5 ounce can diced or crushed tomatoes
- Wash hands.
- If using head of cauliflower, remove green outer leaves and thick tough stem from fresh cauliflower. Add a cup of water to a pot big enough to hold the cauliflower. Heat water to boiling. Add cauliflower. Cover with lid. Cook cauliflower until crisp tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, set aside.
- If using a bag of cauliflower florets, cook according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in medium-sized pan over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic; cook, stirring until ginger browns but doesn’t burn, about 3 minutes. Stir in the dry spices, coriander, cumin, turmeric, salt, cayenne and red chile flakes. Stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour in canned tomatoes. Heat through, about 5 minutes. Pour mixture over cauliflower. Serve immediately or a room temperature.
Look for cauliflower that is creamy white and a tight, compact head. Avoid those with brown spots. Fresh cauliflower can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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