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Top 9 Super Immune-Boosting Breakfasts

Top 9 Super Immune-Boosting Breakfasts

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s possible to kick up the immune-boosting power of this daily meal to make it even more valuable against any cold and flu viruses going around.

Before I share my picks for the top 9 immune-boosting breakfasts, it is important to consider that what you eat is as important as what you don’t eat. Skip the sugary donut, Danish, or breakfast cereals. Even a small amount of sugar can depress your immune system between 4 and 6 hours. So regardless of which breakfast you choose, keep it low in sugars of all kinds—refined or so-called “healthy” sweeteners since they all have the same immune-lowering effect.

Enjoy a Spanish omelette or Spanish Tofu Scramble containing onions, garlic, tomatoes, and red peppers.  This simple meal is loaded with vitamin C (tomatoes and red pepper), the antiviral phytonutrient allicin (garlic and onions).  A touch of turmeric gives tofu a brilliant yellow color and adds an anti-inflammatory punch to any viruses you may have been in contact with.

Start with a glass of water with lemon, lime, or grapefruit juice, all of which are high in immune-boosting vitamin C and the antiviral phytonutrients called terpene limonoids, that help give cold a flu viruses the boot.

Go Granola. Make a simple immune-boosting granola from gluten-free oats, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, chopped almonds, a touch of honey or pure maple syrup (just a bit), and a little coconut oil or olive oil.  Mix together and bake at 300 until lightly browned (about 10-20 minutes). Store. Top with immune-boosting, Omega-3-rich flax seeds and pumpkin seeds and almond milk. These essential fats are needed for a properly-functioning immune system. Pumpkin seeds add a hefty dose of zinc, which is also critical for immune health.

Savor a Sweet Potato Hash with sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, red peppers, and beta-carotene and vitamin B6-containing kale. Sweet potatoes contain vitamin B6, which is an important immune-system strengthener, along with beta carotene, the precursor of immune-building vitamin A, and even a vegetarian source of vitamin D, which reduces the risk of catching a cold or flu and speeds recovery.

Go for a Side of Grapefruit since this fruit is packed with vitamin C and and anti-flu phytonutrients known as terpene limonoids.  These compounds are naturally anti-viral, giving the immune system the help it needs to fight off infection.

Brown Rice with Almond Milk and Cinnamon.  Brown rice is a good source of vitamin B6 which protects the lungs against invaders.  Brown rice also contains the potent antioxidants vitamin E and zinc—the latter of which reduces the duration of colds by about 36 hours, according to recent research published in Reuters.  Zinc was particularly effective against the rhinovirus (linked to colds).

Cooked Quinoa with Apples—Protein-rich quinoa doesn’t need to be reserved for lunch or dinner.  Give it a breakfast twist by adding chopped apple during the cooking process.  Sufficient protein is needed to make immune system cells.

Green Tea—There are dozens of reasons to drink green tea, but during the colder seasons there are even more.  According to research in the Journal of Applied Oral Science, green tea kills some forms of strep infections.  Finish off your immune-boosting breakfast with a hot cup of green tea sweetened with the herb stevia (to avoid immune crashes linked to sugar).

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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5:51AM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

Thans for the info

12:46PM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

Thank you :)

11:04AM PDT on Jun 8, 2014

thanks

1:25PM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

I'm trying! it's hard for me to eat when I first get up in the morning. But I do eat healthy foods when I finally eat!

4:44AM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

Thank you for sharing. These are great ideas!

3:27AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

I'll have to make some granola, though I find it a bit rich for starting the day.

3:58AM PST on Feb 6, 2014

These sound awesome. Thanks!

5:39AM PST on Jan 29, 2014

Thanks

1:00PM PST on Dec 10, 2013

good ideas

11:57PM PST on Nov 20, 2013

I like the variety - I tend to stick to basic oats with all types of additions to make it even healthier.

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