Yogurt. Yogurt contains good bacteria (probiotics). You may already know that these critters live in your gut and can improve the way your body uses food. But they’re also important in helping your body fight sickness. Adding some fresh frozen berries and raw honey to yoghurt makes a great pack-lunch smoothie in winter.
What type of yogurt should you get? Choose brands that state live cultures. If it’s separated when you open it, and there’s a little liquid on top, that’s a good sign,
Kefir, similarly to yoghurt contain lots of healthy probiotics. While the biting taste can be a tart, you can buy ready made goats-milk yogurt drink deliciously flavoured with all natural ingredients from most supermarkets these days 0 my favourite brand is Oxenburg – available from health shops and most SPAR’s.
Walnuts have healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for you in lots of ways. Experts believe that omega-3s help your body fight illness. One small study found omega-3s cut the number of respiratory infections in kids. Walnuts are easy to sprinkle into a snack mix or on cereal.
Fruits and veggies. To help your immune system, choose easy to pack choices such as red pepper slices – high in vitamin C, or winter fruits like guava’s and citrus. Sweet potatoes are also high in Vitamin C – consider adding some lovely crunch to a lunchbox with some sweet potato crisps.
Foods rich in Zinc such as roasted pumpkin seeds are great for lunch boxes too. Zinc is extremely important for good immune function, as is a good Vitamin D supplement such as Cod Liver Oil.
Lean meats such as chicken breast strips keep hunger at bay – sufficient protein s important for proper immune function.
Hope the above inspires some lunchbox ideas, or even for home-school healthy snacking.Thank you for reading & stay well!