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.

Greens

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.

Nuts

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.

Berries

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

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.

Yogurt

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.

Water

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.