Immune System Boosters for Families

School Age

Looking for tasty immune system boosters for your kids all year long? Check out these healthy foods to eat for a strong immune system.


Fresh or frozen leafy greens like broccoli, kale, cabbage, collards and spinach are packed with immune system boosters, like vitamin A, vitamin C, folate and antioxidants.

Tips: Add greens to pizza, spaghetti sauce, mac-n-cheese, soup, chili or a casserole.


Almonds contain vitamin E and plant-based proteins that help our bodies stay strong and fight germs. But go easy: Just 1/4 cup (a handful) is a single serving.

Tip: Top salads, stir-fries, oatmeal, yogurt or sliced fruit with your favorite nuts.


Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, potassium and folate. Buy them fresh or frozen.

Tips: Top your pancakes with berries instead of syrup. This is a healthy food to eat alone or pair with cheese for a healthy snack.


Cinnamon has been used as an immune system booster for thousands of years and contains properties that fight off bacteria and viruses.

Tips: Sprinkle cinnamon on oatmeal, yogurt or apple slices. Add cinnamon to warm milk for a toasty treat.


Bell peppers

Did you know peppers are packed with more vitamin C than oranges? Bell peppers are sweet, not hot—your kids will love them! This immune system booster is sure to keep the icky germs away.

Tips: Dip sliced peppers in hummus or cool Greek yogurt dip. Or add them to pizza, pasta, stews, casseroles or eggs.


Low-fat or nonfat yogurt with live, active cultures helps replenish healthy bacteria in your digestive tract for better health. Greek yogurt is highest in protein. This is a healthy food that your kids will love.

Tips: Add berries to your yogurt for an extra boost. Swap sour cream with plain yogurt on a baked potato.


When your child is sick, hydration is important.

Tips: Give your child a 100 percent fruit juice ice pop, warm milk or veggie soup.

Pump up water with sliced fruit or veggies. Try our flavored water recipe.