Is there a super hero called The Immunity Zincer? (pronounced Zee-nker) I think there should be. After all, Zinc is a lovely trace mineral that your body needs to empower your immune system. How does that not deserve super hero status?

This arduous journey to discovering The Immunity Zincer began with my yearning to create a special breakfast for my family (hmm, Father’s Day breakfast? Possibly!). It needed to be nourishing and not weigh us down with sugar, flour and empty calories. After all, the first meal of one’s day deserves to be a great one, right?

My challenge was to turn a classically rich and empty-calorie meal into a nutrient dense and flavorful experience. So I turned to my pantry of clean ingredients and selected a solid variety to kickstart my day. (Need help swapping out items in your kitchen for healthier alternatives? Watch this.)

For the men in your life, the walnuts, maple syrup and oats contain zinc, an important mineral for prostate health. So if you’re making this for Father’s Day, you can say “I care about your organs and want to help you live a long and fulfilling life, which is why I’m giving you zinc for Father’s Day” Or perhaps you could just say “Happy Father’s Day!” It’s up to you.

Yet Zinc is not just for the gentlemen. The New York Times Health Guide shares…

“Zinc is found in cells throughout the body. It is needed for the body’s defensive (immune) system to properly work. It plays a role in cell division, cell growth, wound healing, and the breakdown of carbohydrates. Zinc is also needed for the senses of smell and taste. During pregnancy, infancy, and childhood the body needs zinc to grow and develop properly.”

Beyond the wonders of Zinc, my Blueberry Crumble is gluten free, lactose free, low in sugar and happy. Wait, why is it happy? Because when you eat food with real, nourishing and clean ingredients, your body will thank you. Your systems will be in better balance, less stressed and quicker to regenerate. I’ll eat to that!

My Immune Zincer,

are you ready to rumble in the jungle with your Blueberry Crumble? 

Being a fan of time-efficient kitchen creations, there’s no blending required with this vitamin and mineral packed goodness. Just mix up all the ingredients in a bowl, then pack it into an oven safe container of choice, et voila!

You’ll be saving the best part for last…the Sweet As Glaze. Besides the blueberries, this contains the only other source of sugar (well, technically there’s 1 gram of sugar in a serving of oats. But for the moment, I’m talking about solid sources of sugar). Sweet As Glaze contains organic maple syrup, organic ghee and delectable spices.

I find the Sweet As Glaze helps create a stickier texture and certainly adds a delectable sweetness. I tested my Blueberry Crumble without the glaze in the small ceramic bowl. While still quite tasty, the texture did not stick together as well (ahh well, it is called a Blueberry Crumble) and I definitely noticed the lack of maple syrup. So if you’re going for a super duper clean breakfast, skip the Sweet As glaze or at least decrease the maple syrup from 1/4 cup to 1/8 cup.

Be forewarned, it’s hard to keep leftovers around. But if you’re able to save some, I’ve found my Blueberry Crumble to be just as good out of the fridge a day later. IF you can save some.

In conclusion: I’d like to make a motion to provide super hero status to all vitamins and minerals. They deserve equal opportunity and your body needs them to survive and thrive.

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