Six Immune-Boosting Foods To Include In Your Child’s Diet This Winter

Seaweed

Six immune- boosting foods to include in your child’s diet this winter
Six immune- boosting foods to include in your child’s diet this winter

Although not a common feature in many children’s diets seaweed is a highly nutritious immune boosting food.  Varieties such as nori, kombu and akrame are potent sources of antioxidants. They are also rich in the minerals zinc and selenium both of which are essential immune protective nutrients.

Dried seaweed is available in most health food shops and the best way to include this in your child’s diet is to add small amounts to soups, sauces and stir frys as a seasoning. Making homemade nori rolls is also a fun way to get the kids cooking and eating this superfood.

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Broccoli

Six immune- boosting foods to include in your child’s diet this winter
Six immune- boosting foods to include in your child’s diet this winter

This little green vegetable is an excellent source of vitamin C which is essential to boosting your child’s immune system to ward off coughs and colds. Broccoli also contains important sulphur compounds, these help to boost your child’s ability to detoxify harmful toxins.

To ensure the maximum benefit make sure that you serve raw or lightly steamed. Boiling or overcooking broccoli reduces its vitamin content as well as its vibrant colour.

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The above foods are excellent for providing a boost to your child’s immune system, but remember that a child’s diet should be a balanced one with lots of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and protein.

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