Cough, hack, sneeze — the sniffly season is upon us. Traditional go-to choices include tea (warm fluids are soothing, hydrating and some have antioxidants), orange juice (vitamin C!) and Grandma’s chicken noodle soup. But do these foods provide us with the nutrients needed to help the body recover? Or are there other options? The next time you’re sick, consider preparing — or having someone else prepare — one of the dishes below, which are chock-full of foods rich in immune-boosting nutrients.
Muesli Parfait This immune-boosting breakfast packs a lot of punch: You get anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids from the walnuts, a big dose of antioxidants from the mixed berries. Oats provide iron, vitamin A and a unique compound called beta-glucan that has been associated with a wide range of health benefits. Finally, the yogurt provides a source of probiotics and glutamine, an amino acid that is needed in greater amounts when the body is stressed.
Salmon Baked in Foil served with Sautéed Kale Salmon is another rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as selenium and vitamin D, both of which are involved in moderating the immune system. Kale and many other dark leafy greens are rich …read more