5 Back-to-School Immune-Boosting Foods
As the new school year begins, keeping your kids healthy in the midst of cold and flu season is always top of mind for parents. The kid-friendly foods in the five categories below contain key nutrients to support a strong immune system and overall health the natural way—making them the perfect addition to your kids’ daily meals and snacks this season.
Oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, and tangerines are packed with vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps reduce damage from free radicals and is highly concentrated in immune cells for immune-boosting support. Although vitamin C won’t prevent you from catching a cold, studies have shown that it can help reduce the length of cold symptoms. Other fruits that are a great source of vitamin C are mango, cantaloupe, kiwi, pineapple, and berries.
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Mango Delight Smoothie
Although citrus fruits are widely recognized as the go-to source for vitamin C, these three vegetables are highly concentrated with the immune-boosting antioxidant. One medium-sized bell pepper contains more than double the recommended daily value of vitamin C. Peppers are also a great source of beta carotene, which is a precursor of vitamin A, an antioxidant that supports healthy skin and your immune system.
Broccoli is high in vitamins A and C as well as beta carotene, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and the antioxidant glutathione. The best way to ensure your kids are benefiting from broccoli’s powerhouse of nutrients is to eat them raw or steamed. Spinach is also packed with vitamin C and beta carotene, which may increase the immune system’s infection-fighting ability.
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Rice Salad Stuffed Green Peppers
Nuts and Seeds
Another beneficial antioxidant is Vitamin E, which helps boost the immune system by widening blood vessels and reducing the risk of blood clots. Almonds are a good source of healthy fats, making them the perfect snack to help fat-soluble vitamin E be absorbed properly in the body. Sunflower seeds are also rich in vitamin E, which is known to support the regulation and maintenance of immune system function.
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Almond Berry Crisp
Poultry, like chicken and turkey, are lean protein sources that provide you with amino acids which help build antibodies to fight infection. Combine poultry in a dish with lots of vegetables, or boil it to make a soup, which releases gelatin and other nutrients to support a healthy gut and immune system.
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Miso Fennel Chicken Soup
When fighting off colds, maintaining a healthy digestive tract is key. Yogurt contains live and active cultures of probiotics to help stimulate the immune system. It’s also a good source of calcium and protein (especially plain Greek yogurt). When shopping for yogurt, check the labels to make sure it contains live probiotics.
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DAY 1: Little Lady Holiday Duo Nail Polish Set
If your little love wants painted nails, opt for polish that’s free of toxins. Little Lady Nail Polish is 7-toxin free, cruelty free, and vegan, so you can feel safe letting your kids wear it. Your budding fashionista will love the bright colors and glittery shades.
Three will win a Little Lady Holiday Duo Nail Polish Set. Fill out the form below to enter to win.
CINEMOOD Portable Movie Theater.
Bring family movie night outdoors with the CINEMOOD Portable Movie Theater. With options to upload your own content or connect to popular streaming services, you can watch whatever you want wherever you want.
One will win a CINEMOOD Portable Movie Theater. Fill out the form below to enter to win.
Solluna Feel Good Skincare System
Simplify your skincare routine with the Solluna Feel Good Skincare System. Made with organic and 100% plant-based ingredients, this paraben- and phthalate free line will give some much needed nourishment to your beautiful skin.
One will win a Solluna Feel Good Skincare System. Fill out the form below to enter to win.
Slumberkins The Feels
Help your kids connect with their emotions with The Feels set from Slumberkins. This adorable line includes a beautiful book, five emotion creatures (including worry, sad, mad, scared, and calm), and a plush pillow. This set will help to teach your littles how to handle the big feelings that we all face.
One will win The Feels set from Slumberkins. Fill out the form below to enter to win.
Keurig K-Duo Essentials Coffee Maker
When the kiddos get you up before the break of dawn this Christmas, you can brew a whole pot of coffee with the Keurig K-Duo Essentials Coffee Maker. Don’t forget to make a cup later with the k-cup feature when you’re tired from all that merrymaking!
One will win a Keurig K-Duo Essentials Coffee Maker. Fill out the form below to enter to win.
Loog Mini Acoustic Guitar
Made from real wood, the Loog Mini acoustic guitar comes equipped with flashcards featuring chord diagrams to help your little one rock out. Check out the Loog Guitar app for video lessons and a digital songbook so your little crooner can play pop hits from their favorite musicians.
One will win a Loog Mini Acoustic Guitar. Fill out the form below to enter to win.
Bloomscape House Plant
Every home deserves a plant baby (or two, or three). Bloomscape takes the confusion out of plant shopping by offering filters for difficulty level, air cleaning, and beyond, so that you can bring home the perfect greenery for your space.
Three will win a Bloomscape House Plant (Red Agloanema, Hedgehog Aloe, or Sansevieria) (plant type chosen at random). Fill out the form below to enter to win.
Bitsbox Coding for Kids
This standout Coding Subscription Box from Bitsbox actually allows your kids to build their own mobile-friendly apps. Delivered monthly, this beautifully designed kit will surely excited the curious little minds in your family.
One will win a three-month subscription to Bitsbox Coding for Kids. Fill out the form below to enter to win.
CRUNCHI Make Me Blush and Angled Blush Brush pair
The CRUNCHI Make Me Blush and Angled Blush Brush pair will give you the glow you want without toxic ingredients. Vegan, consciously packaged, and Leaping Bunny Certified, your skin deserves this clean beauty upgrade.
Two will win the CRUNCHI Make Me Blush and Angled Blush Brush pair. Fill out the form below to enter to win.
The Spice Lab Taste of America Seasoning Collection
Take charge of the culinary creations during this year’s Festival of Lights with The Spice Lab Taste of America Seasoning Collection. With tasty blends from the Key West all the way to Chicago, you can add flavor and spice to each night of Hanukkah.
Two will win The Spice Lab Taste of America Seasoning Collection. Fill out the form below to enter to win.
Komuello Baby Shoes
Every parent has been through the struggle of getting little feet to stay in their little shoes. Komuello’s innovative design of their oh-so-cute baby shoes just may be the solution to this age old problem. Made from non-toxic, BPA-free materials, your toddler will love teetering around in these comfy shoes.
Three will win a pair of Komuello Baby Shoes. Fill out the form below to enter to win.