15 Immunity Boosting Foods for your pantry, freezer, and fridge

Immunity boosting foods can help keep you healthy and well during cold and flu season. Make sure to stock these items in your pantry, freezer, and fridge.

I recommend trying to work 1 to 3 of these items into each meal to help keep your immunity strong so that you can fight off illness.

Immunity boosting foods:

If you’re looking to help strengthen your immune system, here are a few immunity boosting foods you should be trying to get into your diet on a daily basis.

Below you will find list of food to stock up on, here we will explain the importance.

Vitamin C

It’s already well known that Vitamin C helps protect your body from infection and can even help fight off disease. 

It’s not just citrus fruits that you should be shopping for, there are a slew of other Vitamin C rich fruits and we will outline them below. 

Here’s a sneak peak, bell peppers, broccoli, and spinach are all rich in Vitamin C. Scroll down to the lists to find more options.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a great to help protect against infection. It will help regulate your immune system and support probiotics that live in your G.I. tract.

We will review more Vitamin A healthy ingredients below, but here’s a sneak peek, bell peppers, carrots and sweet potatoes are all rich in Vitamin A.

Protein

Protein is important when it comes to boosting your immunity. But that doesn’t just mean animal protein.

My vegetarian and vegan pals will be happy to find that plant-based proteins provide antioxidants that will help boost the immune system.

However, one should not overlook animal-based protein as it can help increase zinc in the body, thus fighting illness.

More information below on healthy protein items, but we love that filling your pantry with items such as beans and lentils can keep you stocked with protein rich immunity boosting foods year round.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a great antioxidant, and can even help protect the body against infectious diseases.

Not sure what ingredients you can find that are packed full of Vitamin E? Here’s a sneak peek. Nut butters, and leafy greens are great and full of Vitamin E.

Nuts and nut butters can be easily stored in your pantry year around. The next time you go to the store grab a package of frozen broccoli to help keep you stocked with Vitamin E rich foods.

Water

If you’re a long time reader of Lose Weight By Eating, you knew I was going through water in here, didn’t you?!

If you’re trying to avoid getting sick, or if you are sick trying to flush your body, water is key!

If you’re looking to find out how much water you should be drinking, click here.

Immunity boosting foods- pantry staples:

If you’re going into cold and flu season, or just looking to stock up on healthy options, these pantry staples hold for a long time on the shelf. These immunity boosting foods will help keep you and your immunity strong all year long.

Nuts 

Almonds are my personal favorite, as they naturally boost metabolism.  However, most nuts are rich in Vitamin E, and help keep a healthy immune system.

Stock your pantry with these immunity boosting foods:

  • Almonds
  • Peanuts
  • Cashews
  • Peanut butter
  • Almond butter
  • Walnuts
  • Brazil nuts

Turmeric

There’s a reason why a lot of people are taking turmeric pills come cold and flu season. It’s because this spice is a wonderful anti-inflammatory, which can help fight colds and flu, and their symptoms.

Stock your pantry with the following items to help you consume more turmeric:

  • Powdered Turmeric
  • Turmeric capsules
  • Organic soups – add a tablespoon of turmeric per can of soup to help boost immunity

Try my turmeric drink to help boost immunity.

Tea

Both black and green tea are wonderful antioxidants. Next time you need an afternoon caffeine boost, try grabbing for a teabag as opposed to your usual afternoon coffee.

Here are some tea items to stock your pantry with:

  • Green teabags
  • Black teabags
  • Honey
  • Decaffeinated black tea for those of you who are sensitive to caffeine.

Chicken broth

There’s a reason people have been enjoying chicken soup to help get over illness for generations. Chicken and turkey are high in vitamin B6 which is an important vitamin to keep your blood healthy.

We recommend trying bone broth and even have a homemade recipe for you here. 

Next time you head to the store, pick up some chicken broth. You can use the immunity boosting food for a number of different dishes.

Pantry staples to help you consume more chicken broth:

  • Cans or boxes of chicken broth
  • Cans or boxes of chicken bone broth
  • Rice – next time you make rice use chicken broth in place of water
  • Keep chicken broth on hand to make soups, or even cook your beans in chicken broth.
immunity boosting foods

Beans

As we outlined above, plant-based proteins are great antioxidants and will help boost your immune system.

We especially like that you can purchase many of these items inexpensively, they stack neatly, and hold for a very long time in your pantry.

Try out some of these plant-based protein immunity boosting foods:

  • Black beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Cannelloni beans
  • Pinto beans

Seeds and lentils

Seeds are wonderful for increasing your Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E. Both are powerful antioxidants.

Also, seeds and lentils are great plant-based proteins that can hold for a very long time in your pantry

Try out these seed/lentil pantry immunity boosting foods:

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Dried lentils
  • Canned lentil soups
  • Flaxseeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds

Immunity boosting foods- freezer staples:

Before heading into the cold and flu season, make sure to stock these items in your freezer to help keep you well all season long.

Frozen vegetables

Frozen vegetables are a wonderful option! When they’re frozen at the farm, they’re flash frozen. This actually helps to retain all of the nutrition. So when you purchase frozen vegetables, there are almost as nutrient packed as fresh.

Leafy green veggies are great for increasing your Vitamin C and Vitamin A. We also love the Vitamin C rich peppers.

Try out some of these leafy greens to boost your immunity:

  • Frozen broccoli
  • Frozen spinach
  • Frozen kale
  • Frozen bell peppers
  • Frozen fajita veggies
  • Frozen carrots
  • Bags of frozen peas and carrots

Frozen animal protein

The freezer is a great place to stockpile protein. Here are some great immunity boosting protein rich ingredients.

Stock up on these immunity boosting proteins:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Chicken legs and thighs
  • Frozen seafood
  • Frozen ground turkey

Frozen fruits

I always keep lots of frozen fruits on hand. Mostly because I’m almost always enjoying one of our wonderful green smoothies each day.

These fruits are a great way to increase your immunity, and you don’t have to worry about them going bad since they’re frozen!

Immunity boosting frozen fruits:

  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Kiwi
  • Dark cherries
  • Elderberries
  • Açaí berry packs
  • Watermelon 

Immunity boosting foods- fridge staples:

Obviously fresh is always the best option! However, that’s not always a available, which is why we started with pantry and freezer staples.

However, next time you head to the store for some of your weekly grocery staples, add a couple of these items to your cart to help boost your immunity!

Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits are packed full of Vitamin C, and unfortunately these don’t always freeze very well. The great thing is most citrus fruits will last significantly longer in the fridge, then on the countertop.

Stock up on your favorite citrus fruits, and snack on them, or squeeze them into drinks such as lemon, or lime wedges.

Immunity boosting citrus fruits:

  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Clementines
  • Tangerines

Garlic

To be honest I didn’t quite know where to place this one, I actually keep my garlic in my pantry! However I know many people like to keep it in the fridge, and even more people like to buy the pre-chopped garlic. So this one belongs in both sections.

Garlic has 0 calories, read that again 0 calories! It’s also great for boosting immunity which is why a lot of people take odorless garlic pills.

Here are some ways to keep garlic in your home for immunity boosting purposes:

Ginger

Ginger, just like garlic is 0 calories, and it’s also great to help a sore throat and decrease nausea.

Here are some ways to keep your home stocked with ginger:

Yogurt

Ingredients such as Greek yogurt will help stimulate your immune system and fight disease.

We recommend getting plain yogurt, and adding in your own flavors.

Stock your fridge with these yogurt items:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Plain yogurt
  • Honey
  • Organic yogurt drinks

If you’re looking to add your own flavor into yogurt, try this delicious recipe.

Pomegranate juice

Pomegranate juice is a great way to support your immunity! It’s filled with antioxidants, and is an anti-inflammatory food.

Next time you head to the store, check out the pomegranate juice, or the pomegranate seeds, in the produce section.

Immunity boosting pomegranate staples:

  • Pomegranate juice
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Sparkling water – you can get more bang for your buck by adding pomegranate juice to sparkling water. This will help increase your water intake, as well as your pomegranate juice intake!

Immunity boosting foods conclusion:

It’s easy to boost your immunity with a well stocked pantry, freezer, and fridge.

Next time you go to the grocery store, look at what’s on sale, and start stocking up on these items.

Make sure you’re drinking your water every single day, as this is so very important for overall health, as well as flushing out illnesses.

If you’re looking for more coronavirus information, check out my article on social distancing self-care here.

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