As I sit at my corporate overlords’ desk, typing away, I can hear various people around me sneezing and coughing. Ew! The weather is changing and cold germs seems to be creeping around the perimeter of everyone’s immune systems, looking for a crack to slither through.
Eating a paleo diet can help fight those nasty little bugs, but even the cleanest eaters can be struck down by a scratchy throat, upset tummy, and runny nose once in a while.
Feeding ourselves well when the common cold strikes can be tricky business. I don’t know about you, but when I feel crummy, I become an 8-year-old, and I want – in this order – a hug from my mom, a cup of tea with sugar, and buttered toast. The hug from Mom is always a good idea, but sugar and toast are not the way to pamper oneself or bolster an already-compromised immune system.
When sniffles have got you down and your tummy only wants something bland and kind, try these paleo and Whole30-friendly foods that will be both emotionally and physically comforting. A word to the wise: eat smaller portions than usual to see how it sits and gradually ramp up your quantities as you start to feel more like your superhero self.
Paleo Foods To Feed A Cold
Comfort Noodles (recipe here)
This is a friendly pile of protein and vegetables masquerading as noodle-y comfort food. Takes about 10 minutes to make, and it’s easy on your system.
Broth with Zucchini Noodles
Julienne a zucchini, place in a saucepan with a few cups of high-quality beef or chicken broth, then add a clove of crushed garlic and a pinch of powdered ginger (great for setting an upset tummy). Simmer until the noodles are tender and the soup is appropriately warm and snuggly. Add a thinly-sliced, hardboiled egg for some easy, gentle protein or, if you like egg drop soup, swirl in 1-2 scrambled eggs and simmer until they’re cooked. (To julienne zucchini, you need a julienne peeler.)
The simplicity, digestibility, and comfort of an egg cannot be underestimated. Protein and fat will make you feel better and help your body re-build itself. Eat alongside mashed sweet potatoes or mashed cauliflower to add some quality carbs.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
In just 7-10 minutes, you can “bake” a sweet potato in the microwave, then mash it with some Ras el Hanout and a little coconut oil. Easy on the tummy; yummy on the tongue.
Mashed Cauliflower (recipe here)
Warm and soft, mashed cauliflower cures the craving for comfort food without overloading you with starch.
Cauliflower Rice With Scrambled Eggs
Scramble a few eggs in your fat of choice and set aside. Grate fresh or defrosted, frozen cauliflower in the food processor. Put fat in a saute pan, add a cup of cauliflower rice and stir fry until tender. Add the scrambled eggs, a pinch of powdered ginger, salt, and pepper, and saute until heated through.
More Good Ideas From Smart People I Like
From Whole9 – Steal This Meal: Feed a Cold
A wonderful recipe for easy chicken soup and other tips for beating the I-have-a-cold blues.
From Everyday Paleo – 7 Natural Cold and Flu Remedies by Katie of Wellness Mama
A helpful list of stuff you probably have in your house that might help you feel better fast.
What’s your favorite paleo-friendly cold remedy?
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