The season for sniffles has arrived! And we know that your little one’s are most at risk when it comes to virus’!
To keep your immune system good and healthy, we’ve teamed up with Jenny, founder of the Lunchbox Doctor for some great ways to keep healthy during the cooler months.
Here she tells us the truth behind some famous Old Wive’s Tales and how to keep your little one’s happy and healthy with a great immune boosting recipe! Yummy!
TRUE OR FALSE
An Apple a Day Keeps The Doctor Away
True: In fact apples, along with all other fruit, are a valuable source of antioxidants (if you are unclear on what those are then think of a little pac-man who goes around the body eating up all the badness). In particular, apples and grapes support the lungs so if a cough or any bronchial inflammation is present these are the best fruits to eat.
Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever
True: Keep a feverish child well hydrated but foods are often not desired. If they are then keep meals light i.e. soup or smoothies.
Garlic can attack the Flu
True: An antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal food garlic is an all-round goodie. You could try making a really garlicky wholemeal baguette for a poorly child.
Food for Thought – Recipe for Coughs & Colds:
This recipe is inspired by an original recipe from Wholefood Simply but adapted to boost its immune boosting effects.
Vegetable and Bacon Soup
What you’ll need:
1 tbsp butter or ghee
1 head cauliflower broken into florets
1 small courgette thickly sliced
2 handfuls of fresh spinach
4 slices of smoked back bacon
1 vegetable stock cube
1 litre of water
Melt the butter or ghee in a large pan over a medium heat
Add the bacon and cook.
Remove the bacon and chop into thin slices
Add all the other ingredients.
Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer until all the vegetables are cooked.
Add the bacon back in then let the liquid cool before putting into a food processor or liquidizer or using a hand blender and blend to a smooth liquid.
Put the soup into a pan and reheat. Serve with some more bacon bits on top and with some wholemeal bread with garlic butter spread on top OR with one of these seasonal courgette scones.
Thanks again Jenny! For more fantastic ideas visit the Lunchbox Doctor website!