It’s that time of year and you have to wonder if getting sick is just the inevitable outcome of the season. While I can’t promise that you can totally shield your kids from getting sick, I can promise there are ways to build up your little miracle’s immune systems with nutrient dense super foods that can help them be as strong as possible, so when they are exposed to the unavoidable germs, they are ready to stand up to the fight. Read on to learn about what super foods and other contributing factors can help boost your little miracles immune systems.
Berries are one of the best sources of antioxidants and immune boosting nutrients. They get their bright red, blue and purple colors from a potent pigment antioxidant called anthocyanin. They contain vast amounts of vitamin A and C, both of which boost your child’s immune system.
Parent Tip: You can add a handful of mixed berries to your child’s oatmeal, cereal or yogurt. Picky eater? The easiest way to mask the fruit is in a smoothie or homemade ice pops! You’ll have them eating berries in no time.
Garlic is one of the best ways to boost and strengthen the immune system. Not only does it contain anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties but it stimulates the immune cells and increases antibody production.
Parent Tip: Garlic is an easy food to add into your child’s food and benefits the entire family. You can add it into pasta sauces, steamed vegetables, soups, dips and so much more. Adding it into your food at the end of the cooking process is best, so you don’t destroy the immune enhancing properties!
3. Kale & Spinach
Green leafy vegetables, like kale and spinach are exceptionally rich in immune boosting nutrients. They have vitamin A, E, C, and K, folate, manganese, zinc, selenium, and iron. All of these nutrients work in different ways to enhance immune system function.
Parent Tip: The best way to incorporate these two leafy greens into your little miracles diet: smoothie, smoothie, smoothie. Throw in fruit, yogurt, ice and greens, they will never know! Kale chips are also an incredibly delicious alternative.
4. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, which studies have shown to increase the number of white blood cells and increase the activity of killer cells. They are also a great source of vitamin C!
Parent Tip: Because sweet potatoes have a sweeter taste, it’s not impossible to get kids to eat them. You can dress them up with cinnamon and serve them mashed. Another favorite, sweet potato pancakes, you can’t tell the difference and they are packed with nutrients! You can get creative and make sweet potato muffins or energy bars.
Cinnamon is one of those magical spices – in just one tablespoon of cinnamon you get the benefits of fiber, manganese, calcium, iron and Vitamin K. This super food has been shown to help fight off colds and the flu, and has natural antiviral properties.
Parent Tip: You can put cinnamon on just about anything sweet to enhance the flavor. Sprinkle it on your little miracles oatmeal, apple slices, or any fruit for that matter, smoothies, or yogurt. Because of its sweet properties, you can reduce the amount of sugar you add to anything!
Broccoli is loaded with fiber, which is very essential for growing children. Other key nutrients are iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and folic acid. It is also a good source of B vitamins, which aid digestion and improve the functioning of the nervous system.
Parent Tip: Broccoli is best eaten raw, juiced or lightly steamed to get maximum nourishment. If your child does not like plain broccoli, you can try putting it in soup or casseroles or pairing it with a dip of their choice!
Yogurt, in particular Greek yogurt, which has more protein, is immensely beneficial for growing children. The good bacteria present in yogurt boost immunity and aids digestion. It also contains calcium, protein, carbohydrates, vitamin B, zinc and phosphorus. Eating yogurt daily promotes healthy bones and strong teeth.
Parent Tip: If your child does not like plain yogurt, you can drizzle it with honey or maple syrup. You can also add their favorite fruits, a few chocolate chips or granola if they prefer. Yogurt is also great to add to smoothies!
Cantaloupe has a surge of vitamin A that is important not just for the eyes, but also for healthy lungs, and the mega dose of vitamin C helps white blood cells ward off infection.
Parent Tip: Sliced cantaloupe and yogurt make a delicious breakfast, or combine the two in a food processor with a touch of honey and lemon, you have yourself the most delicious smoothie! Kids likely will just eat this sweet fruit by itself, with no worries.
In all, a nutritious and balanced diet is one of the most important things for your little miracle. We know it can be hard for parents to get their kids to eat healthy. We take pride in our extended line of DNA Miracles Isotonix and vitamin products which can help aid your little miracle by helping build, repair and protect their immune system. We love the below;
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