Best Sick Day Foods


Margaret Ross, Staff Writer

The sniffles, the stuffy noses, the coughs and the sneezes. Nothing is worse than showing up to school surrounded by sick kids who just won’t stay home. To keep yourself from getting ill, or cure a growing cold, the solution, as always, is food.

First, settle down with a warm cup of tea. Safeway has an incredible selection of health teas; look for those with Vitamin C. Beyond tea, make sure you’re having plenty of fluids. Drinks will help flush your system and keep you hydrated; of course juice, water, and tea are your best options.

Add a dab of wasabi to miso soup for a cleansing dish to clear your sinuses. Spicy food is a great temporary relief for a stuffed up sinuses. Grab a Spicy Falafel Wrap from Turquoise Mediterranean Grill in Orinda on your way home from school.

Avoid dairy products, especially plain milk. Dairy will coat your throat in the worst way, and make your recovery much longer. Instead, fill up on fruits and veggies to get the vitamins your immune system needs. Mandarin oranges, currently in season, are a delicious way to get Vitamin C. The antioxidants in berries are perfect to keep up your body up and running through the season. Although medicine is easy relief, the key to beating cold season is on your plate!