(How to) Feed a Cold

Both my husband and 6 year old have been taken down by a brutal flu this week. As the only able-bodied one in the house, I’m naturally in charge of their care and feeding. And although they’re not up to eating much, something has to go down – and so I’ve been coming up with soothing, sippable soups, smoothies and such that are nutrient-dense and have properties that may combat – or at least ease the symptoms of – a bad cold. Common ingredients like garlic and chiles are believed to help clear nasal passages and relieve cold symptoms, and ginger has been used for centuries as a natural way to settle an upset stomach and ease nausea.

And just having someone cook for you has a way of making anyone feel taken care of; here are a few ideas if you’re looking for recipes that can be sipped, nibbled or slurped from bed, nourishing sick and worn-down bodies with vitamins and minerals, warmth and cool, whatever mom prescribes.
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  • Spicy Tomato Soup 1 of 10
    Spicy Tomato Soup
    A healthy dose of garlicky chili sauce will do clogged sinuses good, and tomatoes deliver a healthy dose of vitamin C!
    Cheeky Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Roasted Garlic Bisque with Parmesan 2 of 10
    Roasted Garlic Bisque with Parmesan
    Loaded with fresh garlic, which is believed to have anti-viral properties, this soup is easy to sip on while snuggled on the couch.
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Cherry Limeade Popsicles 3 of 10
    Cherry Limeade Popsicles
    When sore throats are part of a cold or flu, a soothing popsicle fits the bill. These are made with homemade limeade, delivering some vitamin C as well.
    Simple Bites has the recipe!
  • Grapefruit Smoothie 4 of 10
    Grapefruit Smoothie
    Oranges aren't the only great fruit source of vitamin C - grapefruit and other citrus deliver a healthy dose, as do fresh berries, which are high in fibre and very high in vitamin C and antioxidants.
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Butternut Squash Soup with Apples 5 of 10
    Butternut Squash Soup with Apples
    A warm mug of smooth soup is perfect for sipping bedside, and butternut squash delivers fiber and vitamin C in every sip.
    Simple Bites has the recipe!
  • Frosty Ginger Grapefruit Zinger 6 of 10
    Frosty Ginger Grapefruit Zinger
    A perfect sipper for flu season, this slushy is loaded with fresh ginger and citrus, and the ice makes it soothing on sore throats.
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Ginger, Orange & Olive Oil Muffins 7 of 10
    Ginger, Orange & Olive Oil Muffins
    When your little muffins feel up to nibbling on something, these gentle muffins fit the bill. Ginger has long been believed to have stomach settling properties, and olive oil delivers heart-healthy fats.
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • African Curried Chickpea Coconut Chicken Soup 8 of 10
    African Curried Chickpea Coconut Chicken Soup
    With red peppers, garlic, ginger and chickpeas, this soup will stop the sniffles and deliver fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals in the process.
    Dinner with Julie has the recipe!
  • A Homemade Orange Julius 9 of 10
    A Homemade Orange Julius
    Up the ante with a replica Orange Julius - made from scratch using real ingredients! The creamy, frothy orange drinks will make your sick ones smile.
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Ginger, Coconut & Cauliflower Soup 10 of 10
    Ginger, Coconut & Cauliflower Soup
    With a triple whammy of chiles, garlic and ginger, this soup also delivers a hefty dose of vitamin C with carrots and fresh spinach! Bonus: it's sippable, too.
    Dan's Good Side has the recipe!

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