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Ten Foods For Fighting Colds And The Flu

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The flu season arrived unusually late this year, but it's here, so start preparing for the worst!

With that in mind, here are ten foods you should eat to help you stay clear of this annoying infectious disease that could knock you out of your daily routine for days on end!

Suck Down Skim Milk: Vitamin D is key for defending your body against germs. Experts suggest 600 international units a day, which can be found in fortified milk, OJ, yogurt, eggs and salmon.

Eat Red Bell Pepper: Vitamin C is a no-brainer when it comes to boosting your immune system. However, did U know that red bell peppers have nearly 3x as much of vitamin C as an orange? Just half of one will give women their recommended daily dose of 75 milligrams, while men need about 90 milligrams.

Drink Tea Instead Of Coffee: Harvard University found the immune cells of tea drinkers responded to germs 5x faster than immune cells of coffee drinkers!

Eat Yogurt: Make sure it's marked with a seal from the National Yogurt Association's Live & Active Cultures, but the probiotics (healthy bacteria) will help create a stronger immune system while lowering the risk of gum disease and some cancers.

Get Goat Cheese: It's low in calories and contains copper, which is great for the immune system. The creamy spread is an excellent tasting and healthy substitute for mayo.

Buy Blueberries: They are full of antioxidants, but those with a blue hue have the HIGHEST levels of the immune system boosting disease fighters.

Snack On Pumpkin Seeds: They contain a mineral called zinc, which can improve the immune system by inhibiting viral replication.

Much On Mushrooms: They are a potent sources of vitamin D while containing antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Eat Broccoli: A study in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found chewing the raw vegetable triggers the release of chemicals to help the body regulate essential white blood cells.

Prepare Pasta: Some dieters fear carbs, but they are a great source of energy and nutrients that main immunity like iron and zinc.

Happy and healthy eating!

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Try The Ultimate Low Carb, High Protein Beauty Shake!

Filed under: Exclusives!FoodCourtney Barber

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Want a healthy, nutritious, protein filled way to start the day that also includes many anti-aging properties? Try this delicious beauty shake! You can whip this up in minutes, which is perfect for individuals who don't have a lot of time in the morning, but still want a healthy and filling breakfast.

Beauty Shake:
- 1 scoop/serving of Whey Protein Isolate
- 1/4 cup of Blueberries
- 1 teasp. of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
- 1 teasp. of Chia Seeds
- Ice cubes to taste

Blend and enjoy!

The whey isolate and chia seeds are packed with muscle-building protein and fiber, while the coconut oil has many great qualities to improve your hair, skin and nails. Blueberries are full of antioxidants and also add a delicious flavor to the shake.

PS: I keep my Coconut Oil in the fridge so the consistency is solid and adds a creamy effect to the shake - delicious!

Our newest FitPerez contributor, Courtney Barber, is always here to help! Check out her website or Facebook and follow her on twitter @CourtneyBFit! Email the celebrity fitness and lifestyle consultant your questions at Tips@FitPerez.com!

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Blueberry Pancakes! YUM!

Filed under: FoodRecipesCaitlin Cooks

Great! Now we're starving!!

Check out these GORGEOUS looking pancakes!

Blueberries and all!

The only thing missing is that they're not in our belly!

Ha!

Watch the video above for a simple recipe to rock out some Blueberry Pancakes from Caitlin Cooks!

If only our computer screens could be scratch-n-sniff! LOLz!

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Dr. Oz's Favorite Healthy Snacks

Filed under: DietsFoodDr. Oz

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Dr. Oz is one of the best looking 51-year-olds on television and there is a reason for that. He takes care of himself!

Not only does he regularly exercise, but he eats right!

To prove it, the surgeon and talk show host recently shared his favorite foods that he eats (almost) everyday with Shape magazine.

Want to eat like a doctor? Find out what Dr. Oz eats and why he eats it below!

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QuickFit Tip Of The Day

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Grab and Go Smoothie: blend 1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt, ½ cup frozen blueberries, 1 tbsp flaxseed, ¼ cup OJ. It packs a serious punch of calcium, iron, omega-3s and protein!

- The Hot Plate

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