3 Quick Inmune-Boosting Breakfasts
Our immune system never gets a break. Constantly alert to protect our bodies from outside invaders (such as bacteria, viruses and toxins), our natural defense system requires proper fuel rich in vitamins and minerals. Begin your day with simple yet innovative dishes that will nourish your immune system and keep you satisfied. Try these three quick immune-boosting breakfasts and read on to find out why the strengthen your natural defenses:
Tropical Quinoa Bowl
Quick-cooking oats and cold cereals are easy enough for a rushed weekday morning, and anything else may seem too time consuming. However, by preparing quinoa the night before, you can wake up and have a nutritious breakfast bowl in a matter of minutes.
Full of texture and tropical flavors, this breakfast bowl is a great way to sneak in some Vitamin C to protect your cells from damaging substances while promoting gut health thanks to the juicy mandarins and complex carbs of quinoa respectively.
For one serving, place 1 cup of cooked quinoa in a cereal bowl and top with the following ingredients:
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- 1-2 mandarin oranges, wedges pulled apart
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- Drizzle of honey
Creamy Antioxidant Smoothie
To make a smoothie, it requires nothing more than tossing a bunch of ingredients in a blender, right? Not quite. Be mindful of what you add into the mix to ensure you get a glassful of balanced nutrients and compatible flavors.
Blueberries are a powerhouse of antioxidants and in turn are incredibly beneficial to our immune system. From diminishing inflammation to fighting free radicals (which can damage cells and tissue), these little berries help keep our defenses operating optimally.
And what about the supporting ingredients? Potassium-rich frozen banana slices add a creamy texture; mandarin oranges add a welcome perk of citrus and Vitamin C, and chia seeds will keep you feeling full thanks to their high content of omega-3 fatty acids.
Okay, now you can toss all of the following ingredients in a blender:
- 1 cup almond milk or water (add more for a thinner smoothie)
- 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- ½ frozen banana, sliced
- 2 mandarin oranges, peeled and wedges pulled apart
- Tablespoon chia seeds
Avocado Super Toast Salad
Perhaps the most basic health food craze in years, avocado toast is all it’s hyped up to be in terms of nutrition and taste—and couldn’t be simpler to make at home. These so-called alligator pears are ripe with vitamins immune-boosting vitamins like E, C and B6.
By adding a few choice toppings, you can up the benefits provided to your body’s natural defense system and ensure a filling start to your day.
Select from the following immune-boosting foods to add directly on top of the avocado toast. If you’re like us and decide to add them all, eat this healthy breakfast with a fork just like a salad.
- Red bell peppers, sliced thin
- Broccoli florets, chopped and steamed or roasted in oven
- Handful of spinach and/or kale
- Sunflower seeds, toasted
- Mushrooms, sauteed quickly
- Dressing: Mix 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon each of ground turmeric and ginger, 1 cup yogurt, and salt to taste.
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