The very coloring that makes a tomato or a blueberry appealing also wages war on malignant cells in the body. When phytonutrients and antioxidants get hold of a cell that is involved with colds or flu, the cell is history. These components of food begin strengthening the body at the cellular level. Since 60 percent of the immune system resides in the intestinal tract, it stands to reason that food passing through will shed some of its regenerating properties into the immune system.
However, sneaking healthy food past a diligent kid takes talent. Parents who wish to keep their children healthy during flu season have an edge, though. Taking a page from the fast food book, parents can immunize their kids with dips, sandwiches and sweets. Since the kids are onto the old “it’s good for you” thing, entice them with “it tastes great” instead. Here are five foods they’ll love that will keep flu bugs at bay.
Avocado is a fruit that contributes good fat to the brain. Additionally, it contains B Vitamins, essential to fighting diseases. Vitamin E and glutathione can also be found in avocado,which are antioxidants necessary for healthy cells. Kids can eat their raw veggies with guacamole dip or they can dip their pita chips in it.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants as well as Vitamins C, E, B2, beta-carotene and fiber. Mush it into a sauce into which the kids can dip their toast or their waffles. They can also be eaten straight up or over cereals and frozen yogurt.
Raw onion contains allicin, a component that clears the chest and promotes coughing up phlegm. Sneaking onion past a kid is as simple as mixing it with sweet relish in chicken, tuna or egg salad sandwiches or on a burger. Bonus points go to parents who add dark green leafy spinach and lettuce leaves to the sandwich. Dark green leafy veggies are high in Vitamins C, B and flu-fighting minerals like magnesium.
Eggs fight more than just the flu. They contain the eight amino acids the body can’t manufacture as well as Vitamins A, E, D and B. Minerals fight diseases, too, and a bunch are in eggs. Choline, selenium and folate will be present in an omelet sandwich into which parents sneak onion, peppers and cheese. Slices of avocado will taste good on the sandwich and will pack a one-two punch to flu bugs.
Raw honey is a powerhouse. There’s a reason old folk remedies say to dribble honey down a sore throat. It contains live enzymes, which strengthen cells and makes them healthier. It also contains minerals and amino acids necessary for a healthy immune system. Dribble honey on the kids’ oatmeal or cream of wheat, mix it with peanut butter for a sweet sandwich, or dribble it across their frozen yogurt for a sweet treat.
Sweets can be good for them, but they don’t have to know that.