As hard as it may be to accept, what we eat actually does make a difference to our health. Your immune system is powered by the nutrients you put in your body, so if you find yourself feeling under the weather more often than you’d like, your diet can be a key factor (unless you’re fighting off a global-pandemic-causing virus, in which case – wear a mask!). With that in mind, here are a few incredible tasting, superfood focused dishes around Atlanta that will add some nutritional nitrous oxide to your immunity.
Food Terminal – Yum Yum Shrimp Garlic Noodle
If you’re a fan of garlic, you’ll be a fan of this dish. At Food Terminal, they make their thin noodles in-house and it’s served with incredible egg-yolk shrimp and the most delicious garlic butter you will ever taste. And the combination of shrimp and garlic is where the health benefits come in. Shellfish, like shrimp, are high in nutrients like vitamin B12 and zinc. Garlic, meanwhile, is incredibly nutrient dense. It’s high in vitamins C, B1 and B6, and variety of minerals. Plus, compounds in garlic like allicin (trust me, I had to look this up) lower blood pressure and “bad” cholesterol.
The General Muir – Chicken Matzoh Ball Soup
The General Muir is Atlanta’s closest approximation to a New York delicatessen. For folks from the Northeast or others who have experienced incredible Jewish cooking, every dish tastes like a trip to “the City”. Chef Todd Ginsburg and team keep their flavors simple – a rich broth with vitamins A, C and D, anti-inflammatory carrots, onions, and celery throughout, and a hearty, delicious matzoh ball to fill your heart.
Lotta Frutta – Fresh Cut Fruit Cups
If you’re looking to add anti-inflammatory foods in your diet, you can’t do worse than any of the options at Lotta Frutta. Located on Auburn Avenue, they’re focused on creating incredible fruit cups, delicious sandwiches and salads, and mouthwatering smoothies. The fruit cups, in particular are served with juice, dairy free Crema and yogurt, giving you some added health benefits with every bite.
Chai Pani – Kale Pakora
A great introduction to Indian food is the pakora – basically, an Indian version of a fritter. While that doesn’t sound for healthy or nutrient packed, at Chai Pani they make one with Kale. Savory, crunchy and made with curried chickpea batter, kale contains huge amounts of Vitamin C, A and K1, has cancer fighting properties and tons of great minerals. They’re served with a green chutney and sweet yogurt, both high in B vitamins.
Flower Child – Crushed Avocado Toast
The entire menu at Flower Child is focused on the same ingredients we are – dishes packed with vitamins and minerals that can keep your immune system running at 100%. With locations in multiple states around the country, they’ve perfect the art of the crushed avocado toast. Theirs is served with a soft egg, black sesame seeds and white cheddar. The superfood star here is the avocado – they’re packed with heart healthy fats, fiber and other minerals.
Kale Me Crazy – Shots
Sometimes it’s better to get your immunity boost in one quick swallow. The folks at Kale Me Crazy have done just that with their shot selection. They have a wheatgrass featured shot (wheatgrass detoxes the body and helps your liver), one with algae (rich in essential minerals), one with ginger (powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant) and other spices, and my favorite, the Painkiller – a dose of ginger, lime, turmeric (another powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant) and raw honey.
Sweet Hut Bakery – Green Tea drinks
Green tea is one of the healthiest drinks on the planet. It’s been known to reduce risk of heart disease, cancer, and other ailments – mainly through it’s antixoidant/anti-inflammatory abilities. Sweet Hut Bakery (in 5 locations throughout Atlanta) has a ton of green tea options – everything from their Jasmine Green Milk Tea (a creamy green tea scented with jasmine), to their Mango Pudding Green Tea, to their Matcha Frappe and Latte’s, there are a ton of green tea options at Sweet Hut – and a ton of Sweet Huts to try one for yourself.