Fend Off Sniffles With a Slice!

Some of your favorite desserts are loaded with powerful ingredients to fight cold and flu.

Health Monitor Staff
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Surprise! These classic desserts are loaded with nutrients that boost the immune system and help fight off cold and flu. And tweaking your favorite recipes can help make them healthier, too.

Cranberry pie
Sniffle-protection power: The compounds that make cranberries red can help keep certain bacteria and viruses at bay, according to Rutgers University research. And scientists at the University of Florida, Gainesville, linked cranberry consumption with fewer cold and flu symptoms.

Make it healthier: Replace half of the all-purpose flour in the crust with whole-wheat pastry flour for more heart-friendly fiber, potassium and magnesium!

Pumpkin pie
Sniffle-protection power: This seasonal squash is rich in vitamin A (each slice provides 170% of your daily requirement!), which Harvard research shows is a potent immunity booster. 

Make it healthier: Cut calories and cholesterol by swapping skim milk for whole milk and subbing egg whites for whole eggs (2 egg whites equal 1 large egg). And if you’re making a graham cracker crust, choose the reduced-fat crackers.

Apple pie
Sniffle-protection power: Researchers at the University of Illinois report that enjoying an apple a day can increase your odds of fending off viruses, and of recovering faster if you do get sick, compared with folks who don’t eat the fruit. 

Make it healthier: Slim down your apple pie with this low-fat, low-sugar filling. Use 6 cups peeled tart apples, 1/3 cup frozen apple juice concentrate (thawed), 2 Tbsp quick-cooking tapioca and 1 tsp cinnamon.

November 2013