If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’m sick. Yesterday, I asked everyone about their favorite home remedies for cold and flu symptoms.
I thought is was only fair that I shared mine as well.
Now, a bit of prefacing. I’m, of course, not a medical professional, nor do I even really think any of the items I’m about to show you have any sort of scientific impact on a cold or flu. That being said, these are the things that make me feel better, and isn’t that half the battle anyway?
A pretty standard one to start off with. It helps that those irresistible wooden crates of clementine cuties are in season and on sale every where you look right around the same time that cold and flu season gets in full-swing. Of course, Vitamin C is a pretty accepted way of boosting your immune system, but also, these little guys are great for an unsettled stomach that may not want to take in something heavy. A little blood sugar and Vitamin C boost all wrapped in an easy-to-peel wrapper. Plus, they are sweet and delicious!
Anything smooth, creamy and cold is a great idea for a scratchy, itchy, and sore throat. Plus, you can pack in a nice nutrient punch in a small smoothie package. My favorite cold-busting smoothie for two (Babyface is in prevention mode):
1 cup vanilla almond milk
2 large handfuls spinach
2 tablespoons flax
2 tablespoons chia seed
1/2 cup pineapple
Smoothies are also a great one for sick kids, too. Use blueberries and strawberries, and bananas for a fun “purple slurple” smoothie. Add a silly straw and you are good to go. It’ll feel good on their scratchy throat, plus get them a nice dose of calories and nutrients in a small, fun package.
As you can see by my assorted collection, I’m a big believer in medicinal teas. The simple act of drink a hot liquid helps to sooth your throat and annihilate any germs that live in your throat and nose. Combine that with powerful herbs and you’ve got a cold-killing powerhouse on a string. My favorites are Traditional Medicinals Cold Care P.M. (puts me right to sleep, no Nyquil in this house!) and Yogi Echinancea Immune Support (unpictured because I ran out).
There have long been studies saying that sugar depresses your immune system, but more and more studies are coming out saying that a little sugar doesn’t hurt (the real problem comes when your body is unhealthy and your immune system is compromised). So I’d say put a little honey in that tea (I do!) and enjoy how it feels and tastes.
You are probably thinking this is totally random, but sherbet is a comfort food of mine! My Mama always bought me sherbet when I was sick growing up. The cold felt great on my throat, the flavor was powerful enough for me to still taste it when I was stuffed up, and there wasn’t enough dairy to make my body produce more mucus (gross, right?). Plus, now as an adult, it just makes me feel better. And happy people recover from colds faster. Or at least I think so.
You know me. We’ve been doing this for a while. So you know that I almost never drink soft drinks (with the except of a rare Mountain Dew). That being said, soft drinks are some of my most favorite things, in moderation, when I am congested. The cold, fizzy bubbles feel so good on the throat and nose and almost immediately help me feel better. Of course, you want to keep hydrated with other liquids while you are sick, but try a soft-drink next time. Ginger Ale is my favorite!
Chicken Noodle Soup
You knew this was coming, right?
A perfect combo of protein, carbs and fat. Veggies, meat and fiber all in one bowl. Plus a hefty dose of hot broth to kill any lingering germs stuck in your nasal cavity. There is a reason chicken noodle soup is the stuff of flu legend.
The can is fine, but homemade is better.
But who wants to spend hours in the kitchen while they are coughing, aching and fevering? I certainly didn’t.
So I bring you Quick-en Noodle Soup, ready in 20 minutes flat. So you can get back to your trashy TV and comfy bed (because that’s really the only good part about being sick).
Quick-en Noodle Soup
1 tbsp. butter
1/2 c. celery, diced
1/2 c. onion, diced
1/2 c. carrots, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
4 c. chicken broth
1 1/2 c. water
1 1/2 c. shredded chicken meat
1 1/2 c. whole wheat pasta, dry
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. sage
1/2 tsp. rosemary
1/2 tsp thyme
Salt and pepper
Melt butter over medium-low heat in a large saucepan. Add celery, onions carrots and garlic and saute until just softened, about 5 minutes. Add chicken broth and water. Bring to a boil. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until pasta is cooked and all veggies are soft, about 15 minutes. Remove bay leaf before serving.
Makes 4 2-cup servings.
Quick and easy ways to get the “1 1/2 cups shredded chicken meat”:
- boil chicken breasts or chicken thighs until cooked through, shred (this is what I did)
- buy a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store, remove meat from bones and skin, shred
- buy canned chicken (good canned chicken, please)
Hope your three-day weekend has gone better than mine. Hey, at least my fever is gone, that’s something to cheer about!