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Boost your immune system

Recipes to support your body's defences

Vibrant coloured forests, crystal clear air and sweeping views of the surrounding mountains – that is autumn in the Home of Lässig. Still, autumn in the Glemm Valley can also be quite the opposite, with snow-covered summits, biting wind and unpleasant weather.

When the winter arrives, as does the season for sniffles and coughs. Time to prepare the body’s defence system with healthy food, fresh air, and exercise contribute significantly to strengthening our immune system.

Given the current situation, we know it is more important than ever to have an intact immune system. In Saalbach Hinterglemm you do not have to search for exercise out in the fresh air for too long, there is an abundance of it. Because eating nutritious food is also essential in staying healthy, I have compiled 2 tasty recipes for you to enjoy. And the coolest thing about it: These two autumnal recipes strengthen your immune system!


This cool shot is consumed to boost the immune system. An optimal dose would be 100-150ml per day. I usually take this in the morning. After drinking, you are not only wide awake but also the ginger warms you from head to toe during the coldest time of the year.


Admittedly, ginger and turmeric are not strictly native to Glemm Valley, but they are simply too fantastic not to use. Both have an anti-inflammatory effect and strengthen our immune system – perfect for the chilly time of year. I always use the fresh roots, and not the powder for my shots, because it makes a huge difference in taste!

In addition to the ginger and turmeric come the oranges, lemon, apple (juice), as well as some spices, are added to the shot which provides our body with a concentrated portion of vitamins.


  • 50 g fresh ginger
  • 50 g fresh turmeric
  • 2 organic oranges
  • 1 organic lemon
  • 1 tbsp. organic coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 250 ml organic apple juice
  • one pinch of pepper
  • one pinch of aniseed powder
  • one pinch of cinnamon

First, make sure to wash the ginger, turmeric, oranges, and lemons thoroughly. Then peel one lemon and one orange and cut them into large pieces. Ginger and turmeric are also cut and put in the food processor or blender, together with the lemon and orange. To the blended ingredients, add the juice of a squeezed orange, apple juice, coconut oil and spices. Puree at the highest level until the liquid turns creamy in texture and yellow in colour. If you do not like the small pieces in the drink, simply filter the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve and pour the liquid into small bottles.


A finished shot can be kept in the fridge for about a week.


Vitamin bomb root soup

Autumn always presents us with many delicacies from nature. When herbs that grow above the ground slowly retreat, it is precisely the right time to harvest roots. Tasty root vegetables are, therefore, an inevitable part of a perfect autumn!

Many root vegetable varieties can be harvested fresh until late in the cold time of the season.  From the earth directly to the table, they provide us with a bundle of vitamins. And honestly, what is better after a cold day on the mountain than a soup that warms us up from head to toe?


  • ½ onion
  • 180g carrots
  • 50g celery
  • 30g parsley roots
  • 100g leek
  • A small piece of ginger, (approx. 2cm long)
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • ½ l vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. creme fraiche
  • 1 handful of fresh cress
  • Salt, pepper

Peel and dice the onion. Clean, wash, peel and slice the carrots, parsley root and celery. Also, clean and slice the ginger. Clean, wash and slice the leek.


Heat the butter in a pot and sauté the vegetables in it. Add the vegetable stock and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Then puree everything finely.


Finally, season to taste with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Garnish the soup with crème fraîche and cress and serve. For those who would like an extra portion of power, add some freshly grated horseradish to the cress. This is a natural antibiotic and counteracts all kinds of illnesses!


With these two immune-boosting recipes I wish you a wonderful and above all healthy autumn!

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