Now of course there is a catch. I am not talking about the post bar, greasy cheese and pepperoni pizza. That pizza will give you that nasty greasy face/mouth feeling and likely a stomach ache. I am talking about good, whole pizza. The pizza that is going to make your immune system kick in to high gear is one that is loaded with yummy in the tummy fresh as fresh can be vegetables.
How exactly does pizza boost immunity? Happy you asked. For starters, we know all about the foods that weaken our immune system as I wrote about when I discussed the Swine Flu Vaccine. When we can avoid the immune weakeners- the sugar, refined flours, processed nutrient deficient 'white foods' like white bread, cookies, cakes, sodas, candy, along with alcohol, we are already giving our immune system a sweet little rest.
When we then add in the super powered nutrient density of a rainbow assortment of vegetables all rich in phytonutrients, we are no longer in the neutral territory, we are in the building and strengthening playground. Nutrient dense foods feed the immune system with their vitamins, minerals and essential fats (in the leafy greens). Not only that, plant-based foods have very powerful enzymes and enzyme inducers. This means that they help the body to produce more of what are called Phase II enzymes
Cancer, as you may know, is essentially a breakdown of the immune system. Simply put, the body is carrying a toxic load that is greater than it can process and the cancer cells, present in all of us, put on their party hats and crash the party. The body's first lines of defense against cancer are the Phase I and Phase II enzymes. These two families of enzymes are central to the body's ability to protect itself from a variety of carcinogens (cancer causing agents) that routinely enter our hot bods through the diet and the environment. Foods like broccoli, cabbage, kale, onions, garlic, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower help the body to make more Phase II enzymes.
If you want to check out the goodness that comes from eating a variety of colour check this out for the full Rainbow Connection.
Despite being child-free, I did notice the buses and backpacks out in full force this morning on my walk. With the kids going back to school and touching all sorts of things (and each other), this is a great time to boost the immune systems of the little ones. This pizza makes an incredibly easy and delicious after school snack or quick dinner.
Immune-Boosting Easy Pizza
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Keywords: bake entree dinner lunch dairy-free gluten-free low-sodium nut-free soy-free vegan vegetarian mushroom onion kale tomatoes Italian winter fall
Ingredients (Serves 1)
- 1 Tortilla of choice. (I like the Brown Rice tortilla’s from Food For Life, the sprouted tortillas from Ezekial are also good)
- 1 dollop of pesto (or simply chop up basil, and garlic, mix with olive oil and salt and you are good to go)
- 2 Tbs red onion, chopped
- 2-3 organic shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- 2-3 black olives, pitted and sliced
- 4 cherry tomatoes, sliced
- handful kale, shredded
- celtic sea salt and cayenne to taste
- flax oil to drizzle post baking
Heat oven to 300.
Lay out tortilla and cover in a healthy serving of pesto or basil/garlic/olive oil/salt blend.
Layer vegetables over top, adding kale last.
Bake for 20 mins until tortilla is crispy around the edges.
Allow to cool slightly and drizzle with flax oil and sprinkle with salt and cayenne.
Cut into pizza slices with a sharp knife or kitchen scissors.
Additional Topping ideas: steamed broccoli or cauliflower, artichoke hearts, bell pepper, fresh herbs like oregano, thyme, rosemary etc., shredded carrot, shredded cabbage, green beans, thinly sliced sweet potato or anything else you find in season at your local market.