Immune-Boosting Breakfast Recipes

Zoe Gray Young Women's Support Specialist & Qualified Yoga Instructor

You are what you eat: a saying often heard and repeated, and with good reason. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day – especially when it tastes this good! In all seriousness though, now is the time to start taking extra special care of your immune health, particularly as temperatures start to tumble. 70% of your immune system is based in the gut, so the food we eat has a very real impact on our body’s ability to fight infection. That’s why it’s so important to start your day off the right way. 

Two of our wonderful qualified nutritional therapists have created these recipes specifically with your immunity in mind. So why not get started with the…

Wake Up Well Juice

Kickstart your day with a refreshing zing! For a natural dose of prebiotic fibre, plenty of vitamin C and immune-boosting superfoods, juice this rainbow of goodies together to give your gut and immune health a real treat. 

immunity juice

Ingredients (makes 1 juice or 8-10 sharing shots):

  • ½ lemon (peel removed)
  • Thumb-sized piece of ginger
  • 2 organic apples
  • 3 organic carrots

Juice, serve and enjoy!

Note: Claire from our Nutrition Team served these up as shots during a wellness morning at Optibac HQ (pre- working from home) and we’ve not stopped juicing them up in our own kitchens since! 

And to follow: 

Buckwheat Booster Pancakes

These delicious gut-friendly pancakes, shared by our nutritional therapist Camilla, are made with buckwheat flour and plant-based milk, meaning they are gluten-free and low FODMAP. 

Toppings tip: Include berries which are full of immune-supporting compounds and (once pancakes are cool), sprinkle an open capsule of Immune Support over the top.

Buckwheat Booster Pancakes

Ingredients (makes 8):

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250ml plant-based milk
  • 200g buckwheat flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Coconut oil

Toppings (optional):

  • Mixed berries
  • Coconut or plain live yoghurt
  • Coconut nectar
  • 1 banana
  • 1 sprinkled Immune Support capsule


1. In a jug whisk the vanilla, eggs and milk together. In a separate bowl, sieve the flour, cinnamon and baking powder. Slowly add the wet mix to the dry mix and combine well.

2. Leave the mixture to rest for up to 1 hour.

3. Heat a small pan with coconut oil and spoon in a tablespoon of the batter, leave it to cook until it is ready to turn (1-2 minutes), flip and cook for a further 1-2 minutes. Repeat until all the mixture is gone.

4. Top with fruit, yoghurt and probiotics of your choice!

5. Serve and enjoy.

To help support a healthy immune system, we recommend you combine this very important meal with a glass of water and a capsule of our Immune Support – designed to support your gut and immune health, naturally. Not keen on capsules? You can split them open and sprinkle the contents onto anything that isn’t too hot or acidic. 

There are lots of other things, aside from nutrition, we can be doing to take care of our immune health, too. So if you haven’t already, do take a look at our top tips for boosting your immune system – you might be surprised to learn how small changes can make a big difference. 

Hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do! And remember to keep well by eating well.

Need more breakfast inspiration? Read about Breakfast Toppings.

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