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.
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