By no means am I a health nut, and I am not in any way any sort of a pillar of healthy eating. (…Unless cupcakes have become a healthy food choice.) I do make an attempt at eating healthy when I can – especially at breakfast. Breakfast happens to be my favorite meal of the day!
I decided to do some good in the world and compile some awesome breakfast food choices that can help you fight off those pesky colds this cold and flu season.
6 Foods That Fight Colds
1. Pumpkin Seeds
I used to love it when my mom would roast these after we scooped out the pumpkin for Halloween. Little did I know that they were packed with amino acids, minerals, and tons of vitamins. Pop these alone as a simple snack or sprinkle them in oatmeal.
I love fruit, and here’s one of many reasons why: Papayas in particular are a great source of our immune boosting friend vitamin C. They can actually supply 313 percent of your daily requirement. That’s a lot! They’re also a great source of beta-carotene. A phytonutrient that changes to vitamin A. You know – that vitamin that keeps your eyes sparkly and your skin moist? So next time you’re at a juice bar, have them throw a few slices of this super fruit in your smoothie.
These are my little fuzzy friends. Kiwis contain more vitamin C than your average orange. They contain muscle building mineral potassium and immune boosting vitamin E. They also have my favorite “oids” – flavonoids and carotenoids – antioxidants that promote heart and respitory health.
4. Grapefruit and Oranges
This one’s a no-brainer. Citrus has vitamin C, has powerful antioxidants, and is low in calories. Who wouldn’t love this friendly fruit? Fruit salad anyone?
The key to eggs is eating them the right way. They aren’t as bad as people make them out to be. The whites of eggs are quite valuable. That’s where you get all of your protein. Although high in dietary cholesterol, the yolks are a great source of a mineral called selenium – a powerful immune booster. So crack open a couple of these for your breakfast tomorrow morning.
I know this sounds gross, but if you put some of these cooked and strained bad boys in your morning cup of OJ, you’ll be filling your body with antioxidants and magnesium – a mineral that helps with nerve and muscle function. This super veggie also has B vitamins which can help prevent birth defects. Great for all of you expectant (and want to be expecting) moms.