Okay, this was already my family’s and many of my friends favorite granola recipe, we just gave it an immune boost by adding specific Immune nutrient rich foods.
Our Immune system is not static and it changes its effectiveness in relation to many lifestyle and nutrition factors. What we eat and do everyday can help boost our resilience and immune function or decrease its ability to fight off invaders. This recipe offers healthy fats and protein as well as many immune nutrients to give your immune system what it needs to function its best.
Zinc- There is a lot of research showing that zinc has anti-viral properties against many different viruses. Pumpkin seeds and oats are loaded with zinc.
Selenium boosts our immune response and decreases inflammation so our immune system can focus on fighting bacteria and viruses. Brazil nuts and oats are rich in selenium.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant, protecting cells from oxidative damage. It boosts immune cells and enhances immune response. Almonds and Sesame seeds are loaded with vitamin E
You could add gogi berries at the end with the dried fruit for a vitamin C boost too.
You can make any variations that you like really. Omit nuts/seeds if you don’t have them or like them or add others like walnuts or flax seeds. This is the base we use though that disappears in just a couple of days. We love it with homemade almond milk, on a banana with nut butter, or with coconut yogurt. Store what you don’t use in a mason jar or give a jar to a friend.
Stay well! xo Janel
References- Bauman, Ed. Friedlander, Jodi. (2016) Therapeutic Nutrition Part 2. Penngrove, CA: Bauman College.
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