Suffering from the winter virus? We feel you. And if you have yet to be struck by the rampant cold you are probably downing Emergen-C and washing your hands like crazy to keep the germs away. (Or using our fave flu-fighting products and hiding under the covers).
Either way, a balanced diet of immune-boosters can help you overcome your symptoms or keep them away so you don’t have to buy out the pharmacy section.
Mom’s chicken noodle soup has some competition with these top recipes for cold and flu-sufferers. If you ask us, they are just what the doctor ordered:
Vitamin C Boosters
Vitamin C is your pre-cold BFF. Keep your immune system strong and healthy with these orange juice recipes.
1. Whole-Wheat Orange Juice Muffins from Cooking Light
No one said your OJ intake had to come straight from a glass.
2. Orange Juice Braised Sweet Potatoes from Food Network
Perfect for the bottom of the orange juice carton. It just makes sense to put all orange items together in one dish.
Green Tea Guzzling
Green tea contains high amounts of antioxidants that can boost your immunity. We say to swallow the green goodness any chance you get.
3. Green Tea Cake from Closet Cooking
Just because you are sick doesn’t mean you can’t have a little cake, right?
4. Green Tea Teriyaki Chicken from Taste of Home
Such an odd idea that is so sophisticated you will feel like you are eating at a high-end restaurant…in your pajamas on your couch.
There are numerous health benefits to consuming fruits and veggies—helping and preventing cold symptoms is another one to add to the list. Stick to whole foods like strawberries, oranges, tomatoes, peppers and broccoli to ensure you get the most from your powerhouse produce.
5. Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberries from Cooking on the Side
Strawberries spruced up…genius.
6. Red Pepper and Broccoli Risotto from Betty Crocker
Italian food can make even the sickest human feel better.
A daily dose of garlic is a magical elixir for the cold and flu. The pungent flavor can clear congestion and the powerful antioxidant properties found in our favorite aromatic can help prevent colds or shorten their duration.
7. Garlic Knots from Honey Bee’s Recipes
Mmmm garlic in all of its glory.
8. Garlic and Jalapeno Hummus from Food Republic
This recipe is total two-fer with the addition of the peppers. And with 4 cloves of garlic required in the recipe, we are sure this dip will have you feeling better in no time.
Honey Bee Magic
Grandma, you were right about the power of honey. The bumble bee product can reduce your cough and soothe your sore throat.
9. Grilled Pear, Honey and Brie Crostini from Two Peas and Their Pod
We’d fake sick to eat this. No joke.
10. Honey Nougat from Yummly
Yes, doctor, we feel better already. (Psst…this is heavy on the nuts so it will fill you up too!)
Do you have a favorite sick meal? How do you take care of yourself when you are feeling under the weather? Comment below!