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Foods while sick with a cold

Id like to get over this cold as soon as possible yet I still want something delicious

asked by a Whole Foods Market Customer over 2 years ago
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added over 2 years ago

Garlic & Chicken Soup.

Buddhacat
SKK
added over 2 years ago

The name says it all and the soup is delicious - Don't Die on Me Man: A Comforting and Healing Spicy Soup
www.food52.com/recipes...

Junechamp
ChefJune

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added over 2 years ago

My doc recommends eating as little as possible, but drinking as much CLEAR liquid (mostly water) as you can. She says when eating to choose fresh fruit, as that's the easiest thing for the body to digest. The body needs all your energy to heal itself, rather tnan digesting food. Interesting theory. I've found it works.

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added over 2 years ago

Skk, sounds good but spicy is the last thing this sore throat needs. I ended up getting chicken noodle with added garlic. Plus some mixed fresh fruit, some kombucha, and yogurt for probiotics. Thanks chefjune!

Farmer's_market
added over 2 years ago

A little yogurt is probably okay, but in general, it's a good idea to avoid dairy products when you have sinus congestion, from a cold or otherwise. The protein in dairy (casein) is supposed to encourage mucus production (pardon the expression on a food blog!) So, clear liquids - and lots of them. Clear soup, dry toast with jam....for a sore throat, tea with honey/lemon, sorbet, Italian ices or a popsicle is soothing.

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added over 2 years ago

When I have a cold, I love spicy Mexican food. I also juice apples, beets and a large piece of gingerroot. It makes a bracing drink, but it kicks a cold in the teeth! Lots of hot tea too.

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added over 2 years ago

Does goats milk or alternative yogurts contain casein? Its too late now but for future reference...

Farmer's_market
added over 2 years ago

I honestly don't know. I think it's present in all milk, but there may be less in goat's (than cow's.) I generally just try to stay clear of dairy altogether when I'm congested - colds or hay fever - but I've never really looked into it beyond that.

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added over 2 years ago

Chicken broth (made from chicken, not a can) and ginger tea! Slice off two quarter sized pieces of ginger root and simmer in a cup or two of water for perhaps 5 to 10 minutes. Add honey and lemon juice and drink.Repeat as needed. I also like the Greek egg-lemon soup for counteracting nasty colds.

Nog
added over 2 years ago

I always follow my dear gran's restorative: hot lemon tea with honey and brandy. "And really, dear" she says, "the first two ingredients are optional." And if it's particularly nasty I have hot miso soup with loads of chili oil floating on top. That'll get things going!

Chris_in_oslo
Greenstuff

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added over 2 years ago

She would have gotten along great with my dad. His cure was Scotch.

Birthday_2012
luvcookbooks

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added over 2 years ago

Dr. McKee's Medicinal Hot Drink, http://www.food52.com/recipes..., from my family physician from Wisconsin, Vietnamese chicken soup (has ginger, scallions), ginger tea made with lots of fresh chopped ginger, cooled a little and sipped-- can upset the stomach if you take too much too fast), Neti pot saline nasal rinse (sounds gross but works great!), tea with lemon and one teaspoon honey is actually a better anti tussive (cough medicine) than anything but codeine, which can make you pretty woozy ... and sushi with wasabi.

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added over 2 years ago

Other than my grandma's chicken soup (with lots of garlic, onion, cumin and black pepper), my favorite thing when I'm sick is a big mug of steaming hot vegetable juice (like V8), spiked with hot sauce and freshly ground pepper. It always clears my congestion and soothes my tummy.