Immune Boosting Foods (and a kid-friendly recipe) to Fight Coronavirus

Looking for an activity to do with the kids? Make these delicious Cinnamon Ginger Energy Balls by Missy Chase Lapine.

We caught up with Missy Chase Lapine. You probably know her as The New York Times bestselling cookbook author of The Sneaky Chef series. Her books have been long-standing parenting bibles. How else would we have managed to get veggies into our kids?

Besides being a food innovator, Missy is also an integrative nutrition coach with a thriving private practice.

Missy says food is our best weapon against illness. She also recommends:

  • Slow, deep belly breathing (several times per day)
  • Meditation (even two minutes per day helps)
  • Movement (fresh air dissipates germs so get outside and walk/run)
  • Sleep (7 to 8 hours is ideal)
  • Immune-boosting foods, including bok choy, mushrooms, chicken soup, ginger, garlic, miso (and fermented foods), and leafy greens

Missy has shared an immune-boosting recipe with us that is very easy and kid-friendly. Make this delicious treat together and have fun staying healthy! 

Cinnamon Ginger Energy Balls

7 ingredients · 15 minutes · 12 servings


3/4 cup pitted dates

1/2 cup almonds (raw)

1/4 cup cashews (raw)

1/2 tsp cinnamon (ground)

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp sea salt


1. Add the dates, almonds, cashews, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and sea salt to a food processor and blend until well mixed and sticky.

2. Transfer to a medium-size mixing bowl. Form into even balls with your hands and store in the fridge or freezer until ready to enjoy.

For more recipes and tips, and her many kid-friendly cookbooks visit MissyChaseLapine.com.

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY: Missy Chase Lapin is offering Westchester Family readers a FREE 20-minute health and nutrition coaching call to anyone who needs it – first 20 get it. Contact her at [email protected].