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Tell VT: What’s your favorite cold-fighting food?


Mid-winter, when cold and flu season is upon us, we can all benefit from upping our intake of immunity-boosting foods. What’s your favorite food or dish for fighting a cold or flu?

Be sure to check out VT’s â??Kitchen Prescriptions,â? which highlights five superfoods that medical research suggests can be as effective as over-the-counter cold and cough remedies. Take a look at our picks, and share your own below. Our favorite responses will be published in an upcoming issue of the magazine.

November/December 2011 p.10

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Simple soup/bouillon of Moringa leaves + roasted tomato and dried chilly chutney with onions and salt. The soup: sautee onion, garlic and dried pepper in a pan, add water+ salt. Let it boil and then add the clean leaves of moringa(brede mouroung) For chutney you can alter it with coconut chutney as well. Taste heavenly. My mom used to prepare it whenever I let go of myself while suffering from fever or cold.

Pra Bungsee - 2014-01-11 18:08:03

Whenever my wife and I are feeling ill the last thing we want to do is cook. We head over to our local Vietnamese Pho restaurant. The hearty goodness of broccoli, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, tofu, basil, sprouts, and jalapeño with broth full of flavor kicks in gear taste buds that are otherwise dulled by sickness. It is also good on a cold winters day.

Patrick Schwartzkopf - 2013-12-09 23:21:32

Tea with echinacea, lots of fresh ginger, a chunk of lemon, possibly goldenseal or a dash of cayenne. And green smoothies! I've had a cold completely disappear in hours after loading up on green smoothies.

Laila Heidema - 2013-11-08 20:50:49

If a cold or flu has already set in, I blend together these fabulous healing foods. In a blender add: 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 3 cloves garlic, 1 inch ginger, 1 inch horseradish, 1 small cayenne pepper and 1/4 onion. Put all in a blender and mix until smooth. Take a Tablespoon every hour for relief of ills. This will help clear sinuses, rid mucous in your system and help build your immunity. A wonderful mucous cleanser!

Karen Edwards ND - 2010-10-10 16:41:22

Any time I feel a cold or sore throat starting, I make a mug of miso soup. It either stops what was starting or lessens it impact. It works better than anything from the drug store.

Noelle - 2010-09-29 17:54:02

I like ginger,honey,and lemon warm water. works all the time.

Malti Patel - 2010-09-28 20:38:00

I make hot and sour miso soup--my homemade comfort soup. Here is a link to the recipe: http://muffintalk.wordpress.com/2009/10/10/hot-and-sour-miso-soup/

Letty Flatt - 2010-09-26 09:32:49

I love to make Lentil soup with organic vegetable broth, ginger, onion, lentils and leeks. I always make this when I feel a cold coming on and it usually does the trick!

Tammara Wam - 2010-09-25 17:20:16

Fresh garlic! I eat whole cloves of fresh garlic when I start to feel a cold coming on for an exra immune system boost. My esophagus tightens up every time - rather uncomfortable - but its worth not getting sick!

meagan - 2010-09-24 15:47:32

This is my favorite for feeling better. Peel and mince a 1" cube a fresh ginger and add it to 3 cups of water and simmer for 10 minutes. Add one veggie bouillon cube and a package of organic Ramen soup which has a flavor pouch as well. Add some fresh chopped spinach and some small cubes of left over tofu. Nice and light and steamy with refreshing ginger and nurishing spinach!!!!! Ahhh!!!

Anonymous - 2010-09-24 13:36:49

Pollution and overcrowded transport wreaked havoc on my body in Shanghai. My Chinese colleagues recommended drinking green tea with 2-3 slices of fresh ginger root in it daily, and I have rarely had a bad cold since! It's easy, and really works.

Kristen - 2010-09-24 13:10:50

I love tomato dill soup-it has a little kick, too, so your nose really clears up!

Dana - 2010-09-22 21:35:55

Soup! I haven't gotten sick since becoming vegan, but this soup energizes me when I need a pick-me-up. Start with a base of diced carrots, celery, garlic and onion sauteed in a little EVOO, then add in some chopped kale, zucchini, canellini beans, and enough veggie stock to cover all your ingredients; simmer until veggies are tender, and enjoy!

Mariana C. - 2010-09-22 17:18:36

I always increase my fresh ginger and hot pepper consumption at the slightest 'off' feeling. Lemons & garlic are part of the plan too. Come to think of it, I eat those items almost every day & I haven't been sick in a very long time - knock wood!

Carol - 2010-09-22 15:41:23

hot spicy soup! i like to make a vegan pho, or a spicy tomato soup.

eric - 2010-09-22 13:15:35