A lot of people might tell you to eat chicken soup if you are sick. There are many other alternatives for natural cures to choose from too. Here is a list of options for foods to eat when you have a cold or the flu, all vegetarian, even including some candy that may help relieve symptoms. Try these natural cold remedies next time you are sick.
If you are wondering if there are meatless versions of chicken soup for vegetarians there are. You can look for recipes online or even find some that just need to be heated at the grocery store. At least one brand, Amy’s, makes a canned, meatless, No Chicken Noodle Soup that’s also vegan and organic. Read more about it here.
Like gargling with salt water, consuming warm salty liquids like a hot vegetable soup can be easy on a sore throat and help soothe the pain. You can make your own or if you don’t feel like cooking you can get a store bought version. Look for one with a good amount of Vitamin C and beans for added protein.
Good nutrition is important whether you are sick or not. Eating balanced meals and healthy foods like salads can help. Vegetables and fruits have antioxidants which can help you heal and feel better.
Like a warm shower, drinking a lot of hot liquids throughout the day is another natural cold remedy that can help with the congestion and soreness that comes with illness. Tea or even hot water with natural cures like lemon, honey, or ginger to settle an upset stomach may be beneficial if you have a cold. Since drinking plenty of liquids can help, hot tea or decaffeinated drinks may be better options than diuretics like caffeinated coffee if you’re sick.
Consuming orange juice is also great for the Vitamin C. Other citrus drinks like grapefruit juice are options too. Oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, and other citrus fruit are more vegetarian foods for colds that can help too.
You probably want to avoid eating a lot of junk food whether you are sick or not. However, there are some candies that can be used as natural cold remedies to help relieve cold symptoms. Lemon drops might not have much Vitamin C but sucking on the hard candy may help soothe a sore throat. Other options for candy are candy canes and peppermints. Menthol, an active ingredient in some decongestants including Vicks VapoRub, is made from peppermint oils or other mint oils. Sucking on the candy naturally flavored with peppermint oil or other mint oils may help clear congestion to help you breathe easier. Remember that hard candy and lozenges can be choking hazards and aren’t recommended for very young kids.
Chicken soup isn’t the only option if you or your kids are sick. There are a variety of vegetarian foods that can help too. Healthy foods, vegetable soup, tea, citrus, lemon drops, and naturally flavored mint candy are all vegetarian foods to eat when you have a chest or head cold. Aside from the candy, the other healthier foods can also help with weight management. The next time you are sick, try eating or drinking some of these natural cold remedies to help you feel better.
Antioxidant on Wikipedia
Menthol on Wikipedia
Package labeling of Vicks VapoRub
Cold Symptom Relief at www.cdc.gov
Cold Remedies at www.mayoclinic.com
Recipes at www.webmd.com