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What To Eat When You’re Feeling Under The Weather

by Toni Olukiran

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With summer officially coming to an end, it is inevitably the beginning of cold and flu season. So, what can you make to try and kick the blues away? As the saying goes, feed a cold, starve a fever. Here are some tips and recipes to help you if you’re feeling unwell.

Drink lots of fluids

If you’re experiencing a cold or have a high temperature, it’s important to stay hydrated. Soups are a great way of taking in lots of fluids, and they are warming and can be quick to make:

Kimchi, brown rice and tofu soup

bowl of kimchi, brown rice and tofu soup with spoon

This soup is great for when you’re feeling a bit out of sorts and want a brothy soup that you can have ready to eat in under 15 minutes. The broth is revitalising and the hit of ginger is proven to help relieve nausea.

Try eating a garlicky dish

Some people swear by garlic as a cure for cold and flu, and garlic has been used for centuries for its revitalising properties. There have been numerous studies investigating its abilities in helping to boost the immune system. So why not test it for yourself with this:

Mushroom "chicken", rice and kale soup

bowl of mushroom, rice and kale soup with a spoon

This soup is light but the garlic gives it a great flavour that can also be a good pick-me-up for when you’re feeling a bit poorly. Kale is nutrient-dense too, giving you a healthy dose of a lot of vitamins and minerals that can help you on your road to feeling healthy again.

Eat drier foods to fight nausea

Crunchy granola

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Strong smelling foods can sometimes be the wrong call, as is something that is too saucy when you’re feeling sick. If you need to eat something but are still trying to curb feelings of sickness, try this granola. 

Try some ice lollies for a sore throat

If you have a sore throat as a primary symptom of your cold, try eating an ice lolly. It helps with easing pain and inflammation to the throat, numbing it slightly, while also again helping with hydration levels, which is always crucial when ill. 

Fresh berry granita

macro of granita with a spoon

This granita uses fresh blueberries and blackberries to make a refreshing and sweet concoction that can be used to aid a sore throat; which is kind of the perfect excuse to eat lots of it (and we wouldn’t blame you). 


By Toni Olukiran
Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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