2 Delicious Recipes That Are Natural Flu-Fighters

Everyone has heard the old saying about how a spoonful of sugar can help the medicine go down, and it's easy to understand the premise – after all, medicine usually has an unpleasant taste, so why not sweeten it up a bit? But why accept that remedies for illness have to taste bad in the first place? There are plenty of natural remedies that taste great, especially if you know how to work them into delicious dishes. Take a look at some recipes that contain natural flu-fighters that will taste great and have you feeling better in a hurry.

Côte d'Azur Cure-All Soup

Soup is an obvious choice when you're feeling sick. In America, chicken soup is usually the go-to type of soup, but if you're looking for something a little different, you may want to try the garlic-based soup that is Provence, France's version of a flu cure-all. Garlic contains compounds that help boost the immune system and fight the kinds of germs that cause colds and flu. It can help reduce the severity of your symptoms and speed up your recovery.

The recipe is fairly simple – it calls for 10 garlic cloves, six egg yolks, and Parmesan cheese, as well as spices like sage, thyme, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. You can either use six cups of water or three cups of water and three cups of chicken broth. Opting for the chicken broth will give your soup a flavor that's reminiscent of the chicken soup that you may be more familiar with. Plus, chicken broth contains protein that you need to fight your flu, and it helps sooth a sore throat and ease congestion.

Flu-Buster Clementine Creamsicle Smoothie

You probably know that Vitamin C is good for colds, and what better source of Vitamin C is there than oranges? Specifically, the cross hybrid strain of oranges known as clementines is perfect for when you're feeling sick. Not only are they packed full of Vitamin C and other immune-boosting phytonutrients, they're also seedless and easier to peel and segment than many other types of oranges, making them simple to work with even when you're feeling sick.

When you're running a fever, hot soup may not be what you're craving. A clementine smoothie will cool you down and soothe your scratchy throat at the same time. For a clementine smoothie, prepare by freezing clementine slices, banana slices, and avocado slices ahead of time. Once they're frozen, combine them in a blender with milk, coconut milk, almond extract, a Medjool date, and a little bit of lemon juice. Blend, and enjoy a delicious and soothing frozen drink that's packed with flu-fighting powers.

There's no real reason why flu remedies should have to taste bad. Working with natural ingredients can give you the nutrients you need to fight the flu along with flavors that will please your tastebuds. Check out companies like Norse Eir for more ideas.