We do not know how it is where you are, but here in Strasbourg we are freezing. It’s that time of the year when we all have a flu or we know at least one person in our surroundings that has it. Everyone has their own secret remedy. A grandmother’s recipe or a magic potion that is supposed to make you heal. True or false, many people believe in the power of food on health, and this is certainly the case with us! If you believe it too, then this article is for you. Today we propose a flu fighter pack! Recipes and tips to help survive during this great winter ahead!
The secret to a good flu fighter meal is fresh products! Even if you wish to stay in bed and die, force yourself to go for a quick walk in the market and refill your fridge fruits and vegetables loaded with vitamin C. You will also need to get some honey, cloves, maybe a little bit of herbal tea and that’s it. Your healthy future “you”, will thank you for your effort.
We are not gonna lie to you though, a good soup can not miraculously make you flu go away, but the food nevertheless has the power to strengthen the body stop it from getting sick. And if you are already sick, good balanced meals can give you a little more energy and help you tend to your everyday activieties even with a flu. And as my dad says: take your food as a medicine if you do not want to end up taking medicine as food.
Originally from Asia, ginger was once considered a magical and aphrodisiac plant. It is characterized by its unique and spicy flavor, due mostly to the presence of gingerol and shogaol.
Ginger is used to cure many ailments: nausea, digestive disorders, headache, dental pain and colds. Containing antiviral substances, it combats sore throat, inflammation of the mucous membranes and cough.
Cloves have expectorant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a good remedy in the treatment of flu.
Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral, antiprotozoal and antifungal properties. It reduces the risk of becoming ill in the first place. And if you are already sick, it can reduce the severity of the symptoms. It is certainly difficult to ignore its strong smell, but sometimes it is necessary to sacrifice social life for the well-being of the body …
Honey soothes sore throat, making it an effective and natural cough inhibitor. It also improves the body’s ability to fight infection and decreases the risk of fevers.
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds of raw onions help fight bacteria and viruses. Also, in the room of a person with a flu, onion can act as a disinfectant since it has the ability to absorb germs.
Rich in vitamin C, lemon keeps the immune system strong and neutralizes free bacteria in your body. It also reduces inflammation and swelling and has an antiseptic effect.
Red Radish and Red Onion flu fighter Syrup
- 5 Tsp Honey
- 1/2 Lemon
- A bunch of red radishes
- 1 Red onion
- 3 Garlic cloves
Blend the red radishes (without the branches), the lemon juice, the red onion and the garlic cloves.
Pass the contents of the blender through a colander and collect the juice in a jar. Spin the pulp in the strainer with a spoon and press to extract as much juice as possible.
Add the honey and mix.
Beware of this sweet candy color! This syrup is not very easy to drink. As you can imagine the fresh garlic’s scent is really strong. You can keep the syrup in a jar for 4-5 days and take 2-3 shooters per day.
Chicken, tomato et parsley flu fighter soup
Chicken soup for the sick is a classic with a hundreds of different recipes. This one I simply call Mum’s soup, because it is the one that my mother made when I was sick. I continue to make it myself today, because I strongly believe in its healing powers. It is a comforting soup loaded with vitamins C. The most important is not to cook the ingredients too long in order to preserve their benefits.
- 1 Onion (large)
- 3 Garlic cloves
- 200g Chicken breast
- vegetable broth (homemades recipe here)
- 6 Tomatoes (medium)
- A handful of soup noodles
- 1 Bunch of Parsley
- 1 Lemon
Cut the onion into 8 pieces. Cut the garlic into small cubes. Place onion and garlic with a little oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
Wait about 30 seconds and then add in the chicken cut into small cubes.
Stir the ingredients in the saucepan for 2-3 minutes and then add the broth.
Cover and let the chicken cook for 15 minutes on low heat.
Add diced tomatoes and noodles. Cook for another 5 minutes.
Finally, add the chopped parsley and cook for another 2 minutes.
Squeeze a little lemon juice into your bowl of soup before eating it.
Golden milk, also called turmerica milk or turmeric tea is an ancient Indian remedy, which has become very trendy recently, for its amazing health benefits.
Turmeric contains potent antiviral, antifungal, anti-cancer and antibacterial properties and Golden milk is a great way to get the benefits of this superfood. With a little honey, a little ginger and lots of milk, this drink contains the perfect ingredients to help fight flu, congestion, headaches and sore throat.
- 20 cl Milk
- 1Tbsp turmeric (ground)
- 2Tbsp Honey
- 5g Freshly grated ginger
- A pinch of black pepper
- PBee pollen (optional)
In a saucepan or a metal milk jug, pour the milk, turmeric and grated ginger and stir.
Let the spice infuse over a low heat for about 10 minutes.
Strain and add the black pepper and honey.
Cranberry and wallnut flu fighter cookies
These cookies will not really ward off your cold or flu instantly but the good fatty acids of the wallnuts and the natural sugar inthe dried fruits will give you the energy you need to beat your disease. Also these cookies contain cloves that have antiviral and antibacterial properties.
- 125g Butter
- 100g Brown sugar
- 175g Flour
- 1 Egg
- 1 Tsp Baking powder
- A pinch of salt
- 50g Cranberry
- 50g Wallnut
- 5-6 Cloves (ground)
Mix the soft butter and the sugar to obtain a creamy mixture.
Add the egg then the flour, the ybaking powder and finally the salt. Mix well.
Once you have obtained a homogeneous preparation, add the cranberries, wallnuts and cloves.
Place cooking a baking sheet on your oven tray. Take large balls of dough and place them on the plate. No need to spread into cookie shapes, they will do that themselves.
Place the tray in the oven and cook the cookies for 10-15 minutes.
Ginger and Clove Cough Drops
Homemade cough drops can really help soothe an irritated throat and they are super easy to make.
Making hard candies of this type requires, as a base, water and sugar. We can simply infuse in this water herbs of our choice to make a herbal tea and make sweets more fragrant with it. And we will once again use cloves for their antiviral and antibacterial properties. Easy!
- 2 Tsp Herbal tea
- 40ml Water
- 100g Brow sugar
- 30g honey
- 4 Cloves
- 1/2 Lemon
- 3g Grated ginger
Let the herbal tea infuse in boiled water for 5 minutes.
Remove the herbal tea and place the pan on fire. Add sugar, honey, ground cloves and grated ginger.
Let simmer until the syrup has become a little thick. Stir constantly.
On a baking paper placed on a flat surface, pour the syrup so that it forms small circles spaced from each other (perhaps with a spoon it will be easier). You can also use small molds.
Let the candy harden for half a day.
Sprinkle the cough drops with icing sugar, to prevent them from sticking to each other.
We hope are remedies can help you feel better. Take care!