The Best Snacks for Immune Support
As Fall settles in and temperatures begin to cool, maintaining a healthy immune system starts to become top of mind. Thankfully, there are simple things you can do every day to help support a healthy immune system – and it starts with your diet!
We love to do a little “fall cleaning” in the kitchen to purge the fridge and pantry of unhealthy ingredients – and replace them with healthier options that are rich in nutrients to help support the immune system. It’s the perfect time to cut back on sugary candies and sodas, salty snacks like potato chips, and other foods with highly processed ingredients and add these fresh ingredients instead:
- Lean proteins like eggs, skinless chicken breast, and fish
- Beans and legumes
- Fresh fruits and veggies (take advantage of fall’s seasonal favorites like apples, pomegranate, broccoli, and pumpkin)
- Sweet Potatoes
- Greek yogurt
Once you have your kitchen fully stocked with healthy options, you’ll be ready to make better choices to help support your healthy immune system all season long. And when it comes to snack time, here are some fun and simple ways to create delicious and satisfying snacks for every type of craving:
When You Crave Something Salty: Baked Sweet Potato Chips
We love swapping out traditional potato chips with yummy, crunchy, homemade baked sweet potato chips! Not only are sweet potatoes naturally rich in fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C, but they also contain antioxidants. These are fast and simple to make at home with just the sweet potatoes and a drizzle of olive oil. Get the full recipe from A Spicy Perspective here.
When You Crave Something Sweet: EVER BETTER™ Protein Cookie Bites
Our soft, delicious cookie bites are made to satisfy your sweet cravings while delivering healthy benefits like protein and probiotics for gut health. And, unlike traditional cookies, our bites are low in sugar, low in carbs, and keto friendly – so you get all of the flavor with none of the guilt.
When You Crave Protein: Greek Yogurt Deviled Eggs
Eggs are a delicious, nutritious, natural source of healthy protein. Deviled eggs, however, are often loaded with ingredients like mayonnaise that are highly processed and high in unhealthy fats. By swapping out the mayo for probiotic-packed Greek yogurt and using natural flavor enhancers like smoked paprika, you get all of the rich flavor PLUS ingredients that can help support your immune system. We love this simple take from Healthy Recipes.
Small changes to your daily diet can have a significant impact on your health and wellbeing – and this includes snacks! But it doesn’t stop there. In addition to making better food choices, it’s important to tend to the following items on your daily checklist to support a healthy immune system:
- Get enough sleep: stick to a regular routine and aim for 7-8 hours every night
- Stay active: whether it’s an intense cardio session or a walk around the block, get at least 30 minutes of movement in every day
- Reduce stress: prioritize self-care and take mental health breaks throughout the day
- Have fun: do things that make you happy and that you can enjoy with your loved ones
And don’t forget to make EVER BETTER™ Protein Cookie Bites a staple in your pantry this fall! With four yummy flavors to choose from, you’ll have plenty of ways to satisfy your sweet tooth all season long.
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