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10 Immune-Boosting Foods Your Kids Already Love (Slideshow)

10 Immune-Boosting Foods Your Kids Already Love (Slideshow)


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Help your kids stay healthy with some of their favorite foods

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Sweet, refreshing, and kid-friendly, this summer staple is rich in Vitamin A and C, which have proven immune-boosting properties. For variety, blend fresh watermelon with water and lime juice to make a refreshing summer drink.

Watermelon

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Sweet, refreshing, and kid-friendly, this summer staple is rich in Vitamin A and C, which have proven immune-boosting properties. For variety, blend fresh watermelon with water and lime juice to make a refreshing summer drink.

Pumpkin Seeds

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Pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc, which strengthens the immune system. Try roasting them with salt and cinnamon for a low-sugar, high-fiber snack.

Oats

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This whole grain is packed with a type of fiber called beta glucan which activates white blood cells so they can fight off infection. Opt for steel-cut oats, which have double the beta glucan’s of their more refined counterparts.

Yogurt

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Yogurt is a good source of probiotics (healthy bacteria that protect the gut and intestinal tract from disease causing germs). Choose brands that are lower in added sugars, or even better, buy plain yogurt and add fresh fruit.

Sweet Potatoes

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Sweet potatoes are naturally delicious. They are bright orange in color because they’re full of beta-carotene (which our bodies convert to disease fighting vitamin A). Roast them, mash them, bake them into fries; this is one vegetable your kids will happily gobble up.

Egg Yolks

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Yolk contains zinc and selenium, which are important minerals for strengthening the immune system. Make a kid-friendly frittata by combining an array of colorful vegetables with egg.

Berries

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Good news: fresh berries are anti-oxidant powerhouses. Kids will love eating fresh berries on cereal, yogurt, or ice cream, and dried (or even freeze-dried) berries in trail mix.

Nuts

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Walnuts, almonds, and pistachios are all rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids so they can help fight off infection. Give your kids snacks like nut butter and apple slices or combine raw nuts with antioxidant rich-unsweetened dried fruit and dark chocolate.

Cinnamon

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Cinnamon is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal — who knew this spice packed disease-fighting powers? Use it to flavor oatmeal, roasted fruit, baked goods, and even popcorn.

Coconut

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Coconut is a good source of lauric and caprylic acids; essentially, coconut’s anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties to help boost immunity. Add unsweetened, shredded coconut meat to smoothies or spread coconut butter on toast for quick and simple kid-friendly treat


Immunity-Boosting Snacks for Kids

Could the snacks you feed your kids cut their chances of getting sick? Healthy things in everyday foods -- from yogurt to walnuts -- may help boost a kid's natural defenses.

"We know that what you eat has a clear impact on your immunity," says Leo A. Heitlinger MD, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics section on gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition. So whether you're arming your kid for cold and flu season or just aiming for good, year-round health, immune-boosting snacks may help.


Immunity Boosting Soup

This post is sponsored by Patient First. Keep cold and flu season away by enjoying a bowl of this immunity-boosting soup and following these tips from the physicians and support staff at Patient First!

We’re right in the middle of cold and flu season and I’m doing everything I can to stay healthy! If you feel like you always end up getting sick around this time of year, make sure you’re taking the right precautions to prevent illness. I’m trying to add in a few extra vegetables into our meals and I always have hand sanitizer in my purse!

store-bought soups can be high in sodium so labels should be read carefully. I personally love a warm vegetable-filled soup on a cold winter day.” Already feeling a tickle in your throat? Check out these tips for soothing a sore throat!

This delicious red lentil and vegetable soup isn’t just tasty. It actually contains ingredients that can help your body fight off illness by boosting your immune system! From garlic and chickpeas to turmeric and vegetable broth, this soup is loaded with healthy ingredients to fuel your body.

Even the spices in this soup have healing benefits! This list of immunity-boosting ingredients from Patient First gave me some inspiration for ingredients and spices to use in this soup and it ended up being a delicious combination! Ginger is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, while garlic provides antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal effects. Turmeric, which is a relative of ginger, also has anti-inflammatory properties.


14 Immune Boosting Smoothie Recipes

The following recipe is from Nichole Dandrea, a registered dietitian nutritionist for the past 25 years with a focus on plant-based nutrition for the past 11 years. Dandrea provides some details on why she chose these stellar ingredients:

  • Spirulina is blue-green algae rich in complete protein, beta carotene, iron, calcium, essential fatty acids. It&rsquos been shown to scavenge free radicals. Some studies show it may help reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and fight inflammation.
  • Reishi and/or cordyceps are a fungus that has been used in Eastern medicine for years. Some studies show that they may boost immunity through their adaptogenic qualities, help to prevent certain cancers (specifically colon cancer, but more research is needed), and fight fatigue and depression (again, promising, but more research needed).
  • Hemp seed is packed with plant-based protein, essential for boosting immunity, and omega 3 fatty acids to fight inflammation.
  • Dates are high in fiber and iron. Fiber is essential for gut health and iron is essential in supporting immune-boosting cells.
  • Cinnamon is packed with antioxidants for fighting free radicals which can weaken the immune system.

Stellar Blue Spirulina Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk of choice
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 dates
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp mushroom powder (I used Moon Juice powder dust)

Place all ingredients in a blender until creamy. Top with hemp seeds, chia seeds, or more cinnamon.

Super C Immune Boosting Smoothie

Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Nutritionist, Lynell Ross, the founder and managing editor of Zivadream, an education advocacy website dedicated to helping people improve their lives created this immune-boosting smoothie for us.

  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tbsp ground flax meal
  • 1 tbsp nut butter
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 /2 cup of strawberries
  • 1 peeled kiwi

Place into your blender and blend thoroughly. If you freeze your fruit ahead of time, your smoothie will have a thicker consistency.

Ross recommends milk because it is packed with nutrients: &ldquoMilk provides protein, important for immune function because it contains probiotics for healthy gut bacteria which boosts immunity. It contains Vitamin D which helps us absorb nutrients and immunoglobulins that boost the immune system. Milk also contains Riboflavin, Vitamin B12, Potassium, Phosphorus, Selenium, Vitamin A, Magnesium, Zinc, and Thiamine (B1). Protein is necessary for cellular repair and growth,&rdquo she says.

&ldquoMilk is considered a complete protein and contains all nine essential amino acids necessary for a healthy body. Amino acids help us to stabilize our mood, sleep better, and helps older adults prevent osteoporosis and natural muscle loss. Milk is a natural alternative to highly processed protein powders. Other kinds of milk such as almond milk are good alternatives for those that are lactose intolerant or vegan. Look for brands that contain the least processed additives like sugar and are fortified with vitamins.&rdquo

Healthy Fat Bomb Smoothie

This recipe comes from Deidre Bloomquist, a Functional Nutritionist based in Denver, Colorado.

This sweet smoothie provides nutrient-rich spinach without tasting bitter and incorporates healthy fats. Healthy fats are an important component of every cell in the human body and promote a healthy inflammatory response to stress. Honey is a healthy substitute for regulating allergies in the spring as honey bees collect honey and pollen from local plants, helping those who consume the honey to be immune to allergy symptoms.

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ medium ripe avocado, peeled & pitted
  • 2 cup spinach
  • 2 cup frozen pineapple, chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp honey, to taste

Add all ingredients to blender except for honey. Blend until smoothie, then add honey to taste.

Pumpkin Smoothie

The following recipes come from a well known Boston-area vegan chef named Chef Suzi Gerber.

  • 3 oz hemp milk (recipe below)
  • 3 oz date syrup
  • ⅓ cup oats
  • 5 oz (4 pieces) butternut squash
  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch cardamom
  • scoop vanilla spice sun butter
  • ice

Tahini Smoothie Bowl

This immune-boosting smoothie is super creamy and delicious. Tahini adds powerful antioxidants and healthy fats to your diet.

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup frozen blueberry
  • ½ cup water or plant milk or juice
  • 2 tbs tahini
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp cardamom
  • agave if desired

Gingerbread Smoothie

For a sweet with a touch of spice, this smoothie is a good one.

  • 4 oz nut milk
  • pinch turmeric
  • ½ red apple
  • 1 small sweet potato (peeled and chopped, large handful)
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp spice mix (see below)
  • 2 dates
  • 1 scoop vanilla sun butter
  • top with ginger powder

Banana Green Mashup Smoothie

This delicious recipe comes from pre/postnatal fitness expert and mom of 4, Sara Haley Fit. This recipe is hands down her kid&rsquos favorite smoothie, she says.

  • 1 handful of ice
  • 1 handful of blueberries (contain flavonoids&mdasha type of antioxidant that can help reduce damage to cells and boost your immune system)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • 1 handful of mint (anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties) & basil (contains orientin and viceninare&mdashantioxidants that strengthen the immune system) &mdash about 3 stems each (or any other greens you love)

Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve in a glass with a straw, or in a sippy cup for your kiddo!

And lastly, these immune-boosting smoothies are ones that my family loves and I hope you&rsquoll enjoy them too. Try creating some of your own smoothies with all of the immune-boosting ingredients discussed here.


Pan-cooked salmon with sweet potato fries

Cooking salmon fillets sautéed in garlic butter will add delicious flavour and a lovely aroma, as well as healthy fats and much needed Omega-3s to your child’s diet. Sweet potatoes release their sugars slower and increase the happiness levels.

Salmon is one of those foods that improve moods and “are essential for the developing brain”, according to Dr Joe Taylor, a neurophysiologist at the University of Oxford and Head of the North at Candesic, a healthcare strategy consultancy. He goes on to say “We know that mood disorders in children can be improved with Omega-3 fatty acids, and so it seems likely that a lack of omega-3s puts children and adolescents are at risk of depression. A student undertaken by my research group at Oxford has demonstrated in a double-bling randomised control trial that three months of omega-3 supplementation improved reading, spelling and concentration in children with dyspraxia. It’s likely that an omega-3 rich diet is essential for children in getting the most out of school.”


Air Fryer Sesame Soy Garlic Chicken Wings

Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

Chicken wings are the ultimate party food. Known for their deep fried exterior that can quickly fade to soggy plus their pairing with myriad of glazes and sauces, chicken wings are often messy and time-consuming to make at home. This recipe for air fried chicken wings makes a tender wing with a crisp exterior that holds up to a sesame soy garlic glaze. There's no batter, no vat of oil—just some crispy chicken tossed in a spicy sauce.


Delightful Fried Cream-Os

With its crunchy, bitter-sweet chocolate cookies and rich creamy vanilla or chocolate filling, Jack &lsquon Jill Cream-O is yummy on its own. With this new twist, parents can make this even more delightful for their kids.

Start by mixing pancake batter with water according to package directions, or creating his or her own batter by combining flour, water, milk and eggs. Dip the Cream-O into the batter then fry in hot oil for about two minutes or until they are golden-brown. Place the cookies on a paper towel to drain excess oil. Serve and enjoy.


7 Delicious Ways to Eat More Immunity-Boosting Vitamin C

Skip the supplements and stock up on fresh strawberries, pomegranates, watermelon, and more.

With coronavirus and regular cold and flu season concerns in full force, you&aposre likely thinking about ways to strengthen your immune system. And for good reason: taking proactive measures to boost your immunity is imperative.

The good news is, the key to keeping your immune system strong is right in front of you: On your plate, and in your pantry or freezer. "Good hygiene, getting adequate sleep, and eating a well-balanced diet all play an important role in preventing and increasing resilience to infection," says Anisha Patel, MD, MSPH.

A healthy immune system relies on a balanced variety of vitamins and minerals over time, which is why it&aposs so important to ensure consistent, positive eating habits. Your immune system is exactly that, a system, which requires ongoing care and maintenance to function well.

Increasing fruits and vegetables and reducing added sugar, are all part of a healthful, balanced diet. While no one vitamin is the star of the show when it comes to immunity, boosting vitamin C and probiotics can help to support recovery from viral infections. Vitamin C supports immune system function and iron absorption, and because your body doesn&apost produce or store vitamin C, daily intake through the foods you eat is a top priority.

We sat down with Jennifer Tyler Lee, author of Half the Sugar, All the Love: 100 Easy, Low-Sugar Recipes for Every Meal of the Day and nutrition expert Kelly Springer, RD, the creator of of Kelly&aposs Choice, to learn seven easy ways to eat more vitamin C (and less added sugar) in our home-cooked meals.

Pomegranates are phenomenal super-fruits—and if they aren't a part of your regular diet already, they should be. "Pomegranates are filled with fiber, protein, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and potassium," says Springer. "Several research studies have confirmed that they're super high in antioxidants and are a natural anti-inflammatory, too. The seeds may help lower blood pressure, fight breast and prostate cancer, protect against arthritis, improve memory, and exercise performance." Pomegranate seeds are the perfect balance of sweet and sour with just a hint of crunch. And while we're particularly partial to dropping them into Champagne cocktails, try sprinkling seeds over toast shmeared with creamy nut butter, or using them to make a vinaigrette that's delicious when drizzled on a farro bowl.

Goji berries are usually sold dry, and they look like long vibrant red raisins. High in vitamin C and iron, goji berries are great for energy. "They contain the antioxidant zeaxanthin, which has been shown to help you to detox from radiation or smoke exposure," adds Springer. "Studies have also shown that they may help reduce arthritic pain, protect your eyes and lower your risk for heart disease."

While goji berries taste delicious on their own, they'll add a pop of subtle sweetness to trail mixes, granola, yogurt parfaits, acaí bowls, or these Nutty Superfood Breakfast Bites.

They're the OG vitamin C food for a reason: Mandarin oranges are high in both vitamin C and powerful phytonutrients. "Cancer research has revealed that eating mandarin oranges can lower your risk of developing liver cancer," explains Springer. Plus they're perfect in salads, marinades, or mixed into cake (yum).

Smoothies are a deliciously simple way to work more vitamin C into your breakfast routine. “Strawberries, oranges, and mangoes are good sources of vitamin C and make for easy smoothie add-ons,” explains Tyler Lee. For instance, a Strawberry-Peach Smoothie contains 70 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C, with no added sugar. Ready to take it up a notch? “Give it an extra boost by using oranges instead of peaches and increase vitamin C to 113 percent of your recommended daily intake. It’s an easy swap,” she says.

P.S. It’s a great idea to keep your freezer stocked with frozen fruits and vegetables at all times—they're just as healthy as their fresher counterparts, and will keep for months longer.

It’s not just the obvious citrus fruits and berries that give you a boost of vitamin C. “Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and spinach are solid sources of vitamin C, too,” advises Tyler Lee. So let’s bring on the salads and sheet-pan dinners that pack all the roasted veggies.

This vibrant Mason Jar Salad hits all the right notes. “The leafy green vegetables make this salad a great way to power your immune system," says Tyler Lee. "It delivers 130 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C." Plus, you can make it ahead. “I prepare this salad on the weekend, and store it in mason jars in my fridge, for a quick lunch on busy days,” says Tyler Lee.

If you’re ordering your salad at a restaurant, ask them to swap the grains for more leafy greens as an easy way to give your meal a boost of vitamin C. You can also make some easy swaps when cooking at home. “Try adding Brussels sprouts or broccoli to your stir-fries, or adding spinach to your favorite baked ziti or lasagna recipe for more easy ways to give your regular meals a boost of vitamin C,” she says.


The A-B-C Approach to Teaching Kids About Intuitive Eating

How to raise children who have a long-term healthy relationship with food, based on the Intuitive Eating Principles. It’s important to focus on building your child’s healthy long-term relationship with food. Because Intuitive Eating is a complex model, I’ve broken it down into three simple steps to get your started.

In this post you’ll learn about:

And, the A-B-C Approach to Teaching your kids how to be Intuitive Eaters:

Feeding children can be challenging on the best of days. Throw in a world-wide pandemic, children at home 24/7, new routines and extra stress, and it can cause a lot of anxiety and frustration. Mealtime power struggles, picky eating, all-day snacking and short-order cooking are all be a reality for most parents right now (including me, the Registered Dietitian). After all, we’re all just trying to survive right now. Our normal is no longer normal, and neither are our eating habits or feeding routines. And that’s ok. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past few weeks, it has been the art of forgiving myself and just doing the best I can.

We have been given the task of balancing work, parenting, teaching, cooking, and somehow staying sane through it all. We can’t expect to achieve perfection here, fellow parents. We need to start with simply keeping our kids (and ourselves) healthy, fed and safe through this.

When it comes to feeding your kids, it would make perfect sense that meals and snacks don’t look normal right now, because life is not normal right now. That might mean a different schedule, repeat meals, more frozen or canned foods vs. fresh, and more snacks than usual. That’s ok!

Oh, and please please don’t worry about filling your kids up on immune-boosting foods or supplements right now. A normal, balanced diet with some variety of colourful fruits and veggies (fresh or frozen), some protein, whole grains and healthy fats will suffice. Read more about that here.

Quite honestly, I think what everyone needs (including your kids) right now is LESS pressure, LESS stress and some realistic goals to aim for.

Don’t make it your job to “get your kids to eat”

During such an uncertain, stressful time, it’s normal to feel as though you want to control whatever you can–including what and how your kids eat. If your kids eat well, you’re doing at least ONE of your jobs right. Right?!

It is unrealistic to expect that your kids will eat perfectly balanced and nutritious meals and snacks everyday (in amounts that you deem acceptable). As much as we want to control this, we 100% cannot. But what we CAN control (and what is more important anyways), is building healthy, long-term food relationships for our kids. A big part of this is teaching our kids how to be Intuitive Eaters.

What is Intuitive Eating and how does it apply to kids?

Intuitive Eating an evidenced-based, mind-body health approach, comprised of 10 Principles and was created by two dietitians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. It’s a weight-neutral and non-diet approach to eating that helps to create more body awareness, and teaches people to truly listen to and honour their physical hunger cues. What’s really cool is that our kiddos were BORN intuitive eaters. Right from day one, they drank milk purely based on their hunger and fullness. They communicated when they were hungry (with fussing, sucking, rooting etc.) and communicated when they were full (by unlatching, turning their head, stopping to suck etc.). The same was true when they started solid foods! For the most part, until the preschool years, kids eat almost 100% according to their natural hunger and fullness cues.

Where the waters get muddier is when they get a little bit older (around four-years-old) and their eating influence shifts from purely internal to more external. They may start to eat because food is present, their sibling or friend is eating, out of boredom, or because they see something yummy on TV. You can likely see how these external influences continue to impact our eating patterns as we get older… enter: emotional eating, social pressures to eat, mindless eating, etc.

Shift your focus from perfect nutrition, to building your child’s long-term relationship with food:

We all want our kids to have a healthy relationship with food. We want to prevent disordered eating, chronic dieting and unhealthy pre-occupations with food. We want our kids to grow to love a variety of foods and trust their bodies first and foremost to tell them how much to eat. We want our kids to be able to practice gentle nutrition day-to-day but also indulge in not-so-healthy foods occasionally and mindfully without going completely overboard too.

If there’s anything you focus on right now food-wise with your kids, make it about building their healthy long-term relationship with food. Because Intuitive Eating is a complex model and can be a bit overwhelming, I’ve broken it down into three simple steps you can take with your kids while you’re at home with them:

A: Accept that your child might eat more (or less) than you anticipated

Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually NOT your job to get your kid to eat. It IS your job to provide nutritious meals and snacks everyday, at times and in places that you choose. But when it comes to if and how much your kid eats? That’s 100% up to them. Establishing these feeding roles early takes the pressure off of everyone.

As mentioned above, kids are born intuitive eaters – they will finish eating when they’re full and (most of the time) they will eat when they are hungry. When given a set meal and snack structure and schedule (which I talk more about below) where food is offered in a pressure-free way, kids will either eat the food provided (or not), and learn to eat in amounts that are right for their bodies. This is called “self-regulation”. If, as parents, we’re always trying to control if and how much our kids eat (we ALL do this), our kids will learn NOT to trust their bodies, and instead to trust external cues more often.

In order to do this, we really do need to create a pressure-free environment at meals. You serve a balanced meal with at least ONE food that you think your child will accept (I suggest serving family-style meals), and then it’s hands off. Focus on on eating mindfully yourself, and keeping the tone positive. If issues arise (special requests, complaining, getting up and down from the table, etc.) gently remind your kids of the mealtime boundaries, but otherwise, no pressuring, coaxing, bribing, or bartering.

I know… sometimes when we feel defeated and worried (and even desperate), we turn to these strategies in hopes that our kids will eat (eat anything!), but unfortunately, it further perpetuates picky eating tendencies, mealtimes battles and unhealthy eating habits (and we definitely don’t need that added stress right now!).

B: Bond with your child at mealtime, instead of pressuring them to eat

Parents often dread mealtimes because they foresee a struggle from beginning to end. We’re already anxious enough these days, but anticipating a stressful meal with kids can create even more anxiety, and our kids feed off of this (excuse the pun!). In our efforts to control the situation, we may use phrases like

  • “It’s dinner time—come to the table and eat!”
  • “You’re not getting down from this table until you eat something!”
  • “Please try your peas—they are good for you!”
  • “Please just eat–at least one bite!”
  • “You can’t have dessert unless you have at least 5 bites of your meal” or
  • “No you cannot have more bread—you’ve hardly touched your vegetables or meat!”

Although we as parents have the best intentions, and are just trying to do our job, we often enable picky eating and create unneeded power struggles by putting all of the focus on food and getting your child to eat.

Mealtimes don’t have to bring on anxiety and dread if you can master the art of… backing off. Take the pressure off (both yourself and your child) to make mealtimes more peaceful. This can be really (ahem… excruciatingly) hard, especially if you feel that your child isn’t eating well daily. Over time, taking the focus off of the food, and focusing more on positive family time, makes your child feel at ease and gives her space to try new foods on her own and eat according to her physical hunger.

C: Close the kitchen after mealtime

After a meal or snack, it’s important to make sure that your kids know that the kitchen is closed. This is a healthy mealtime boundary that I encourage ALL parents to put into place. What this means is:

  • No snacks right after dinner
  • No alternate meal served after the family meal was rejected
  • No grazing on the food that’s leftover on their plate from dinner
  • No glasses of milk because they didn’t eat enough

If I have a hunch that my kids haven’t eaten enough, I remind them that it’s a good idea to make sure their tummies have finished eating because the kitchen will be closed after mealtime. Requests or demands for snacks outside of these times are gently turned down, with a reminder that they had a chance to eat at the last meal or snack, and they chose not to, but there will be another opportunity in a few hours (or the next morning).

At first, if it’s been a bit of a food free-for-all in your house, there will likely be resistance (and whining and crying) but over time, your kids will learn how to self-regulate, and eat enough to feel comfortably full after meals.

Bottom line? Give yourself, and your kids, a break. Shift your focus from trying to get your kids to eat certain foods in certain amounts, to nurturing their long-term relationship with food using the ABC method. This will not only take the pressure of everyone, but it will also have a more positive impact on your kids and their eating habits long term.


Tropical Berry Twist

One of my family’s favorite immune boosting juices for kids is a berry blend. My kids will always gladly gobble up strawberries and blueberries, which are full of vitamin C, so they’re happy to drink down a smoothie filled with them. I also throw in some pineapple chunks for a tropical flair that includes even more vitamin C and beta-carotene.

To begin, gather these ingredients:

  • 1 cup blueberries, frozen
  • 1 cup strawberries, frozen
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, frozen
  • 1 cup soy or almond milk

This one is simple: mix all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Taking time to make immune boosting drinks for kids isn’t always practical when you’re in a rush. To make things easier, I like to pre-chop all the ingredients, put enough for a single serving in a ziptop bag (or reusable container), and freeze. Then I can just grab it and blend for a fast breakfast or snack!

What do you put in your kid’s smoothies? What are their favorite ingredients, specifically when it comes to foods that boost immune system effectiveness (and taste great)? Let us know on Twitter!

Image source: Sher Warkentin

This article was brought to you by Tom’s of Maine. The views and opinions expressed by the author do not reflect the position of Tom’s of Maine.

Why It’s Good

Immune boosting juices for kids are great ways to keep your family healthy through cold and flu season—without having to resort to supplements. Even kids that are reluctant eaters are usually enticed by a tasty smoothie or glass of juice, making it easy to pack in the vitamins and nutrients that help to keep them healthy..