No one likes to be sick, everyone hates the flu! Well, unless you’re a pharmaceutical company. One thing that some people seem to forget is that having the flu means that you should probably stay home, away from other people. I know that sounds hard, but here are 15 recipes to help bring your flu a little bit of comfort.
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It’s very difficult to find cough syrup for small children. It’s also difficult to find one that actually works. Here is one that you can give to your kids although you may have to take the cayenne pepper out for them. One big thing that I have been hearing this year is that pineapples help with coughs. This recipe is at the top of my files for the unhappy event that we do get the flu.
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Chicken noodle soup really is good for the body while having the flu, the warm broth helps to get rid of the build up in your throat…yup that stuff, mucus. On top of that it’s a light food that can be easily digested while giving you the vital nutrients for getting better. That really is food for thought…here is an article by Tara Parker-Pope that gives a little bit of back-up to the credibility of chicken noodle soup. Mmm, Chicken noodle soup!
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I put three and four together because they are very vesitile and can be mixed, matched and turned sideways to help you feel better. Some people aren’t big fans of ginger, but put the look away people, ginger is great for fighting the flu. This recipe on WebMD taste better than the ginger and garlic recipe that I’ve grown up with. You even get honey in your tea too! This is one recipe that does have a recommendation of not giving it to children under one. This is annotated through out the page that this recipe is on because of the honey. Lemons are great for sore throats, one substitute for honey if you are going to give this to a small child is sugar in the raw. You could even mix lemon and ginger for a tea…the properties for these two are endless! (You can even make a face mask out of them! I bet that would help with the flu bug!!)
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Remember the sore throat that you get with it sometimes? Sandra Lee makes an iced ginger green tea. This sounds like a great way to sooth a sore throat! It sounds yummy too. You know what else green tea is yummy in that helps with sore throats? That’s right…green tea ice cream!
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That’s right folks, you can’t have the flu without a hot toddy! The nice thing about this is that you can make this with no alcohol for youngsters and people who are not into whiskey. Let’s be real folks if you have the flu you probably don’t want to remember it. I’m not saying to go and get drunk, but a buzz might help you feel a little better, for the night anyways. This recipe by Instructables has rosemary in it. I have never had rosemary in a hot toddy, but I’m not opposed to the idea. I’ve always had clove, but new ideas never hurt anyone right?
I love miso soup period. I have to admit that I have never tried it for the flu, but it makes sense. Depending on what recipe you do go with this is definitely something worth looking into for the flu.
Please don’t say that this is just another form of chicken noodle soup, because it’s not. Matzo ball soup has the same properties as chicken noodle soup, but it’s just amazing and good for the M word again….no one likes that stuff, but I love Matzo soup, this is one that is going on my list of good flu recipes.
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I love ice cream, I do not love it when I’m sick though. This is the one time that I like eating sorbet.I had to include this recipe because you and I know it feels good on a sore throat!. If you have been coughing and yacking this is going to help sooth the sore throat!
Homemade Tea for the Flu
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This is a recipe that I found that is really good for a boost during the flu. No we’re not making a broth, but a homemade tea to help you feel better? Sounds like a winning recipe to me.
Remember when I said that you could combine lemon and ginger to make a great tea for the flu? I went looking for this for whomever would be willing to try it. Here is another tea to help sooth the flu symptoms that keep us down and out for the 7 to 14 days the flu takes to go away.
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Something to give your immune system a boost with a tasty twist? A creative soup with all the antioxidant boosts your immune system may need to help fight the flu! Angela Liddon adapted the recipe from Joy the Baker, well worth the antioxidants!
When I first took a look at this recipe I thought it may not be for me, but the phrase “Don’t knock it until you tried it” comes into play here. I say this because it turns out that it is very refreshing. Where there isn’t an actual amount for the cayenne pepper it gives you the ability to be free with it. If you like it spicy add more and sweat it out. If you don’t like it spicy don’t add it. All of these ingredients make for a winning combination when combating the flu.
This is a great and easy way to help you stay hydrated while battling the flu.
Each culture has their own soup that is comforting. Here is one of our favorites that is awesome for warming the soul and mending the body.
A couple other tips to remember while battling the flu-
No one like sharing germs like those, if you have the flu the best thing that you can do is stay home, if you can’t stay home wash your hands often.
There is an extreme importance to work and feeding yourself and your family, the biggest key in being able to do that is getting better. Staying better is to stop the flu at your house and not circulate it around your town.
Possibly get the flu shot if you’re not terrified of needles, like me.
Take care of yourself! Everyone knows the pain of the flu, if you don’t take care of yourself then you aren’t going to get better.
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