It finally happened. After months of good health and high spirits, one of my friends has infected me with the cold.
I hate getting colds because there's nothing you can do about it, except let it run its course. I hate getting food poisoning, I hate getting fevers, but I hate cold more.
Have you ever tried reading a book, watching a movie or working with a runny nose?
It is perhaps the most frustrating thing ever.
Just as you start to enjoy yourself, your nose begins to drip like a leaky faucet. Completely killing any enjoyment you have, as you proceed to wipe your nose again and again and again.
Anyways, instead of feeling miserable and sorry for myself, I decided to take action and bolster my immune systems with food.
So I went in and selected 10 recipes from The Iron You to make when you’re sick. Most are smoothies, juices, and soups — because, as you have probably heard it like a million times, when you’re sick you need to get plenty of fluids.
And it’s true. The body needs extra hydration when you’re trying to get well.
But there’s also a grilled cheese. Trust me, there's nothing better to do on a sick day than to put cheese between two slices of (cauli) bread and call it a day.
I also included a recipe for popsicles as it’s my favorite remedy for a sore throat.
I hope you'll enjoy it!
Honey Lemon and Ginger Tea
It’s a miracle worker, a doctor, and a life coach in a cup. Although it does seem to do the trick for everything from a sore throat to a cough, it’s just as good when you’re healthy.
This tea not only gives relief, but also works on stimulating the immune system, and warms up quite a bit.
Ginger and Turmeric Carrot Soup
This soup is so so delicious plus turmeric is rich in curcumin and volatile oils that have a protective as well as therapeutic action in persons suffering from cough and cold.
Immune Boosting Blueberry Smoothie
While you can’t cure the common cold, you can shorten the duration of symptoms with vitamin C. Blueberries contain high amounts of vitamin C.
Beet Carrot Ginger and Apple Juice
Beets, carrots, ginger, and apple have powerful antioxidants with liver detox effects, helping to strengthen your immune system.
Cauliflower Crust Grilled Cheese
As I said before sometimes there's nothing better to do on a sick day than to put cheese between two slices of (cauliflower) bread and call it a (delicious) day.
Superfood Goji Berry Smoothie
Goji berries are full of antioxidants and are used to treat common cold and fever.
Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup
Roasting brings out the sweetness of butternut squash while the bacon adds a salty, savory kick.
Raspberry Hibiscus Popsicles
Sucking on frozen desserts such as popsicles helps numb the painful area or soothe the sore throat.
Part fruit, part veggies, entirely green. Perfect for an antioxidant boost.
Pumpkin and Carrot Soup
Pumpkins are packed with powerful antioxidants. In particular, pumpkin is high in beta-carotene, which helps fight off harmful bacteria.