Pack These Five Immune-Boosting Snacks This Cold & Flu Season
All parents know that fall and winter usually means an influx of runny noses, upset tummies and coughs. The typical cold and flu season is even more of a concern as we move forward into year two of the global pandemic. We want to keep our little ones healthy for school or daycare, and for whatever big adventures they have their sights set on. If you’re stumped on what to pack in your Winck bento box, consider these immune-boosting snacks:
This snack is packed with antioxidants to help keep your family cold- and flu-free this fall. Kids typically love blueberries and strawberries, but don’t be afraid to branch out and try cranberries, blackberries, raspberries or even cherries.
These are amazing snack options for strengthening the respiratory system and boosting Vitamin A and C levels. Try veggies like carrots, beets or sweet potatoes and pair with hummus for a fun lunchtime option—kids love to dip! Hot tip: You can always purée root vegetables for your younger ones.
A source of Vitamin C like citrus fruit is a must-have in any nutritious lunch. Whether it’s orange slices, a mandarin or grapefruit chunks, these superfoods will help to fend off any nasty colds that might be going around.
This classic snack is filled with healthy probiotics to support your child’s immune system. With our airtight compartments, you can pack the yogurt they love without worrying it will leak onto their other snacks.
Nuts & Seeds
Both nuts and seeds are high in Vitamin E which help to build immunity. The options are endless but you can try a handful of almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, sunflower, flax or pumpkin seeds. To make them a bit more kid-friendly, consider sending a trail mix with tasty dried fruit or chocolate chips. Parent hack: Nuts and seeds can be choking hazards for toddlers, but they can still get the immunity benefits from nut and seed butters spread on rice crackers or slices of fruit.
Wishing you and your family a healthy cold and flu season!