Flu-Fighting Antioxidant Foods

During the yearly cold and flu season, it is so important to do everything that you can to keep your body strong, healthy and capable of fighting off germs. We all know that we should regularly wash our hands and that we should sneeze into our shoulders and not our hands. But did you know that there are foods that you can eat that will help you to fight off those nasty bugs?

Foods rich in antioxidants are not only healthy and tasty choices, but they can also help to boost your immune system and keep you in tip top shape this cold and flu season.


Berries

Go for the Berries
Luckily for those with a sweet tooth, most berries are rich in antioxidants. Strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries and cherries are all great flu fighters. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, you can look for a mixed fruit juice that is made from 100% juice with several of these berries included.

Beans Galore
There are several different kinds of beans that are high in protein and rich in antioxidants. Adding red beans, pinto beans and black beans to your diet will do double duty. Not a fan of beans by themselves? A great way to sneak some proteins and antioxidants into your diet with red or black beans is by adding them to a salad. They add texture without being an overwhelming flavor and can help you to stay fuller longer.

Apple of My Eye
The old saying was that an apple a day kept the doctor away. In the case of the cold and flu season, this can absolutely be true. Apples are rich in antioxidants and fantastic flu fighters. Gala Apples, Granny Smith Apples and Red Delicious Apples are some of the highest in antioxidants. While fresh apples carry the most in nutritional value, you can still enjoy the health benefits from applesauce or apple juice. It is just important that you choose an apple juice that is 100% juice or an applesauce that is naturally sweetened to help keep your calories in check.

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