Passions Arabia received a little care package from Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas in the form of recipes to strengthen our health and boost our immune system.

Anantara’s chefs combine ancient medicinal herbs, spices and the freshest organic produce with modern taste profiles. These drinks and dishes from our international properties all feature ingredients that provide unique health benefits. We hope these dishes will support you on your wellness journey to shore up your physical defenses, assuage stress, and be ready for whatever comes our way next.

Executive Chef Geert Jan Vaartjes at Anantara’s Hoi An, Vietnam property, says: “The easiest and healthiest way to boost your immune system is simply to eat freshly-cooked and prepared food. When you make dishes from scratch, you control the ingredients and, by using fresh produce, you are eating more nutrients than you would get from packaged food.”

We tried two recipes and we are sold! Here are the ones we went for:

– Immunity Booster Turmeric Tea – Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, Oman

We’re starting with a simple sipper: a soothing hot tea. The key ingredient of this herbal drink is fresh turmeric, a root closely related to ginger and commonly used in Asian food. Turmeric contains bioactive compounds including curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory properties that increases the antioxidant capacity of the body and improves brain function, fights depression, contains anti-aging properties, and boosts your immune system.

• ½ cup of fresh raw turmeric
• ¼ cup of fresh raw ginger
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 3 Tbsp of honey
• 4 tsp of distilled water (boiled water that has cooled)

Blend all ingredients until they become a well-emulsified paste.
After you’ve created the base, use 2 tablespoons to 1 cup of hot water; let sit for 2 minutes and add a few mint leaves for serving.

Cinnamon-Lemon-Honey Immunity Shot – Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort, UAE

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort’s cinnamon-lemon-honey immunity shot is freshly prepared in-house every day and is served to guests as a welcome drink. Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, honey has antibacterial properties and its high viscosity helps form a protective barrier in the body to help fight infection, while cinnamon is high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to being a great immunity booster, this shot also helps boost collagen to help skin stay younger looking and the combination of lemon and honey helps combat water retention.

• Cinnamon bark (about 3-4 sticks per 2 cups of water)
• 1-2 lemons (to taste)
• Honey (to taste)

Boil cinnamon bark for 45 minutes and strain. Allow to cool for a few minutes. Add fresh lemon and honey according to taste. You can store the drink in the refrigerator before serving.


Thank you Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas.

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