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Breakfast Recipes for Fighting Colds and Flu

Are you on the lookout for breakfast ideas that can help fight colds and flu? Try these recipes! The recipes included in this section call for some of the best anti-cold and anti-flu foods, including blueberries, carrots, oats, and wheat germ. Bon appetit!

Tip: Before you get started with these cold-fighting breakfast recipes, visit the page Diet for Common Cold Prevention and the page Best Foods for Fighting Colds and the Flu for more general information about the role of diet in the fight against the common cold and flu.

Buckwheat Pancakes with Papaya Purée

Buckwheat is a concentrated source of rutin, a bioflavonoid with strong antioxidant activity, while papaya is backed with vitamin C. In fact, papaya is one of the best natural sources of vitamin C, even better than oranges.
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Dairy-Free Blueberry Muesli

The blueberries in this muesli can provide an overall health boost and protect from colds and flu. In a laboratory test conducted by USDA researchers, wild blueberries were shown to have the highest Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) rating of more than 20 fruits and berries. ORAC is a measure of the antioxidant capacity of foods. The antioxidant activity of wild blueberries was shown to be even stronger than that of raspberries, strawberries, plums, or cultivated blueberries.
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Oat and Buckwheat Muesli

Enjoying a bowl of this healthy muesli for breakfast is a superb way to start your day. Oats contain avenanthramides, unique antioxidants which can give your immune system a real boost, while red grapes contain resveratrol and quercetin, natural substances with strong antioxidant activity.
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Oat and Wheat Germ Muesli with Apples

Wheat germ is an excellent source of vitamin E and a very good source of zinc and selenium. These nutrients play a key role in the antioxidant system of the body. Also the oats and apples featured in this super healthy muesli can give a boost to your immune system.
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Antioxidant Muffins

These anti-flu muffins feature blueberries and pecans, two antioxidant powerhouse foods. Blueberries top the list of berries with the highest antioxidant capacity, and pecans—along with walnuts and chestnuts—have the highest concentration of antioxidants in the tree nut family.
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Carrot Muffins

Carrots are thought to enhance the function of the immune system and are therefore a great vegetable for fighting the common cold.
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Original Bircher Muesli

Muesli was developed as a health food by the Swiss Physician Maximilian Bircher-Brenner towards the end of the 19th century. This is the original muesli recipe Mr Bircher-Benner recommended to his patients.
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Leek and Garlic Omelet

This omelet is a quick and easy way to get some allicin along with your morning eggs as both garlic and leeks provide this flu-fighting phytochemical. The eggs in this breakfast recipe provide plenty of vitamin D which is known to have protective effects against colds.
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Want More Recipes?

For more recipes that help fight the common cold and flu, go to the main recipe directory of's Guide to Fighting the Common Cold and Flu.