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5 Foods to Help Keep You Out of the Doctor’s Office This Winter

Jan 10 2011 - 1:00am

Don't spend this Winter in the doctor's waiting room! You may take your lil one for her flu shot [1] and wash your hands incessantly, but there's still more you can do to help prevent the flu [2] from entering your home this year. Boosting tots' immune systems from the inside out – packing them with nutrient-rich foods – may be the ticket to health. Check out the five foods your kids should be eating to help ward off illness in the midst of cough and cold season.

Garlic

The same plant that is used to ward off vampires is believed to help do the same with the common cold [3]. Packed with the chemical allicin, garlic releases a powerful antioxidant, sulfenic acid, when it decomposes, thus helping our bodies ward off illness. Tots may not be willing to dip into a roasted garlic dip, but a few slices of garlic bread [4] may work.

Carrots

Nutrient-dense carrots [5] may help your lil one's eyes, but in the Winter, the beta-carotene rich veggies help boost the body's white blood cell count to improve the immune system's fight against colds and viruses.

Yogurt

The good bacteria found in yogurt increases the immune system's antibodies allowing the body to better fight off illness. Aside from traditional cups of yogurt, pack in the good bacteria with a fun fruit dip [6] that lil ones will gobble up!

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

In some parts of the country, finding fresh fruit and vegetables in Winter is much like finding a needle in a haystack. Before heading over to the frozen food aisle, take a look to see what's in season. Clementines, which are in season from November through March, are packed with vitamin C and are a good source of fiber and folate. Their compact size makes them perfect for school lunches – and they keep for up to a month in the refrigerator!

Spinach

Packed with vitamins A and C, folic acid, folate and lutein, spinach may be a wonder food. Getting kids to eat it is another story. From fritters [7] to pesto [8], we've got plenty of ways to incorporate it into their diet.


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