January 4, 2019
by Altoona Hy-Vee Dietitian

Foods to Help Battle Sickness

Back to our routines after a busy holiday season but your body may be worn down and more susceptible to the sicknesses that float around classrooms & home this time of year. 

Fortunately for us, there are plenty of ways to help build up our immunity with food to help fight off those germs. Altoona Hy-Ve Dietitian, Allysa Ballantini has a great group of foods that can help us avoid getting sick.

 Try these foods: 

  • Citrus fruits – grapefruit, oranges
  • Legumes – Nuts/Seeds
  • Berries – Fiber & antioxidants
  • Legumes – Black beans
  • Fermented foods (yogurt-probiotics)
  • Lean sources of protein (meats, dairy, seafood)
  • Whole grains – oatmeal, wheat bread, ground rice
  • Leafy greens – kale, spinach, broccoli 

Learn how to make an immunity-packed snack! Here is what you will need for your Green Smoothies: 

Green Smoothie Recipe: Serves 2

All you need: 

  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 c. frozen mango chunks
  • 1 ripe banana 
  • 1 c. packed  baby spinach
  • 3/4 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk

All you do:

  1. Place all ingredients in blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Enjoy!

Other great ways that can help kids combat the cold and flu are including more movement in their days, getting more sleep, and drinking more water! 

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