Battling a cold or flu (or even just a sore throat) can leave you feeling tired, groggy, and generally unhappy all day. Everything becomes a chore, nothing feels right, and you've got virtually no appetite for anything. When you're under the weather, soothe your symptoms much more comfortably with these simple remedies!
Strange as it may sound, a popsicle made out of 100% fruit juice is an excellent way to feel better when you're sick! Not only is it a tasty sweet treat plenty of folks would look forward to any day of the week, the cold is a great help at soothing a sore throat, and the fruit juice will help keep you hydrated, which helps keep your congestion at bay.
Mango Ginger Yogurt Popsicles from The Corner Kitchen
A nice, hot bowl of chicken soup is a classic cold remedy for a reason! Not only is lean chicken or turkey a great way to get some good protein in your diet that will give you lots of energy, it's also hydrating (which helps with congestion), and some research shows that a hot bowl of soup can even help protect your body against bacteria and viruses!
Spicy Ginger Chicken Noodle Soup from Serious Eats
This vegetable can be a very healthful addition to your meals when you're under the weather. Some studies suggest that garlic has antimicrobial and immune-stimulating properties that can give you relief from congestion, and it's delicious too! Add a bit of garlic to all of your savory soups and lean turkey dishes, and you'll be good to go.
Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic from Saveur
When your appetite is low, or you're too nauseous to handle heavy meals, bananas are a great go-to food because they're very easy on the stomach and full of great nutrients. Bananas, along with applesauce, rice, and toast are some of the best foods to eat once you feel up to eating solid foods again.
Banana Oat Smoothie from Tracey's Culinary Adventures
Ginger is a great way of relieving nausea and other stomach-related ailments, in addition to soothing a few other symptoms of illness. You can enjoy it in a hot drink with lemon and honey, use it to spice up a warm bowl of soup, and in tons of other dishes too!
Ginger Honey Chicken from Serious Eats
And here are more dishes you can make that may help you through your cold!
Ginger Lemon Tea from Elana's Pantry
Seared Salmon with Oranges and Fennel from Martha Stewart
Chicken Soup with Ginger and Shiitake Mushrooms from Simply Recipes