When you are not feeling your best, in need of some comfort food to sooth the symptoms, choosing the best healthy foods are essential to get you feeling your best again. Here’s the best comfort food when sick:

Oatmeal

A warm bowl of fibre filled goodness, adding cinnamon which is an excellent digestive tonic, immune booster, and blood sugar regulator, with honey will really help you feel comforted as well as helping the body fit off the winter cold. Grated nutmeg on your oatmeal comfort food fix is good for preventing and breaking up chest congestion. It also has antiviral properties.

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Nut butter on toast

With many varieties of healthy nut or seed butter on our shelves today, you won’t be short of choice, topped with a little honey or even better agave nectar will help boost the vitamins and minerals, hitting just the right spot for comfort food when sick. This will help spot your sugar craving as sugar will dramatically decreases your immune function, so if you’re starting to feel ill, don’t go for anything sweet.

Soup

Sounds a little normal for a grown up, spice things up by following a Thai recipe or adding ginger this will boosts the immune system, help fight allergies, lowers cholesterol, relieves arthritis pain, stimulates digestion, fights nausea and morning sickness, and warms the body.

Using a slow cooker takes the effort out of it all, just what you need when sick; add beans, lentils, split-peas to boost your protein and amino acids, Vegetables in soup provide antioxidants that can help your body defend itself against infection and the hot steam when eating may help with congestion, try to avoid creamy soups as they may have fewer benefits and increase possible congestion.

Baked potatoes

Yes there are lots of healthy toppings to a normal baked white potatoes, but when looking for some extra comfort food when sick try spicy sweet potatoes chips. Sweet potatoes are packed with beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant along with vitamins A and C. They also don’t spike blood levels as much as regular potatoes.

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Instructions:

Mix; 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon healthy salt, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder. Evenly coat the washed, sweet potato strips or chucks, bake on a try until crispy edged or to your comfort food preference.

Super food hot chocolate

What more would you need as comfort food when sick than a big mug of hot chocolate make it healthy and your really looking after yourself follow this recipe, from http://kriscarr.com to make 3-4 servings.

Ingredients:

– 1/4 cup soaked chia seeds
– 1 tablespoon cacao powder
– 1 teaspoon reishi mushroom powder
– 1 tablespoon cacao paste (optional)
– 1 teaspoon mesquite powder
– 1 teaspoon maca powder
– pinch high-quality salt
– 8 drops stevia (or, to taste)
– 1/2 cup almond milk
– 1 teaspoon Vitamineral Green or other green powder (optional)
– pinch of cayenne (optional)

Instructions:

1. Toss all ingredients in a Vitamix or other blender. Mix until smooth.
2. Meanwhile, heat up a pot of hot water.
3. Add 2 cups hot water to the mixture and enjoy!

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