10 immune boosting foods your child actually wants to eat!

Give your family the best shot at staying healthy by introducing these kid friendly and kid approved immune boosting foods into their daily diet.

 

honey

Honey 

This delicious treat has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. A spoonful of honey can soothe a sore throat while keeping germs away.

 

 

 

 

 

yogurt

Yogurt

Probiotics found in yogurt are healthy bacteria. They keep the gut free of germs that cause disease. When choosing a yogurt go for a low fat, low sugar option. With so many brands and types to choose from it can get overwhelming. RealSimple.com offers five kid friendly AND healthy yogurt options. Check it out so you can choose the best fit for your family! 

 

 

fruits and vegetables

Vitamin C

Vitamin C works in the body as a natural antioxidant, antiviral and antihistamine. It can be found in foods like oranges, strawberries, broccoli, cantaloupe and sweet potatoes. Did you know that one Bell pepper has almost five times the Vitamin C as an orange? Try cutting them up and dipping into a yogurt sauce for added benefit.

 

 

 

nuts and chocolate

Dark Chocolate 

Zinc works to develop white blood cells, which help to destroy bad bacteria. Zinc can be found in kid friendly foods including sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chicken, pork and the one we feel will be favorite on the list….cocoa powder and dark chocolate.

 

 

 

 

milk

Milk 

This kid favorite drink is full of vitamin D. This essential vitamin helps to build and keep bones strong. It also supports the immune system. Add some dark cocoa powder to double the immune boosting benefits.

 

 

 

 

 

garlic

Garlic 

Garlic contains an active ingredient called allicin, which fights infection and bacteria. At first glance this power food might not seem kid friendly. But using garlic in kid approved meal like spaghetti and meatballs is the perfect way to introduce this germ fighter into dinnertime.

 

 

 

 

sweet potato and carrots
Sweet Potatoes 

Our skin is the largest organ in the body and our first line of defence. To stay healthy and strong skin needs Vitamin A. Foods containing beta-carotene like sweet potatoes can provide this to your body. Other orange foods that can provide beta-carotene include carrots, squash, canned pumpkin, and cantaloupe.

 

watermelon

Watermelon 

Glutathione, found in watermelon,  is a molecule comprised of three amino acids. These amino acids act as an antioxidant and help to promote a healthy immune system. Glutathione can also be found in almonds, walnuts, garlic, onions broccoli and kale.

 

 

 

nuts

Nuts

Nuts like Almonds, Hazelnuts, Pistachios, and Brazil nuts all contain Vitamin E which is necessary to help fight off infections and colds. Walnuts not only contain Vitamin E, they also contain omega 3’s which are good in many ways including reducing inflammation in the body. Nuts in general contain high levels of bioflavonoids which can also protect the body from environmental toxins and help to fight infection.

 

 

blueberries

Blueberries 

Often called a superfood because they are packed with antioxidants, potassium and Vitamin C. Kids love them, they fit perfectly into tiny fingers and can easily be ported around for an on the go snack. Try frozen blueberries to save money when they are out of season. Easy ways to incorporate this immunity booster into daily meals; sprinkle on top of cereals, mix into yogurt or oatmeal, bake with them or toss into a smoothie recipe like the ones below.

 

Ultimate immunity boosting snack 

Try blending some of the foods listed above to create delicious smoothies. It’s a fast and easy way to get a boost of superfoods. It’s also a great way to disguise green items (like dreaded vegetables) that kids tend to resist. Check out this Anti-Flu Super Smoothie for kids posted on superhealthykids.com.  Over at  simplegreensmoothies.com, they have this smoothie recipe called a Secret weapon for a healthy family.

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