10 Best Meals To Eat When You’re Sick- whether you have a cold, the flu.. or just are under the weather, these recipes are the best comfort food when sick! Cozy, delicious and easy to make – these easy sick day recipes are sure to help you feel a little bit better!
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If you’re not feeling well, this post can help you decide what to make for your next meal. Being sick is no fun, but these easy sick day recipes can totally help you!
We have a whole post dedicated to Home Remedies for Colds, Coughs and Flu, but in this post, we’ll be talking specifically about what to eat when you don’t feel good.
My favorite thing to eat when I’m not feeling well is soup. We’ve included sick day soup recipes below, but you can also check out our 30 Healthy Soup Recipes if you’re looking for more ideas!
Need more ideas for dinner? Check out these 40+ Healthy Dinner Recipes.
What to eat when you have a cold and cough:
Here are some of the best things you can eat when you have a cold or a cough:
- Broth – Try making (or buying!) a container of Bone Broth. It’s the perfect nourishing food for when you aren’t feeling well.
- Chicken Soup – Chicken soup is loaded with protein, veggies, and nourishing broth. Exactly what you need!
- Honey– Honey always helps me when I have a sore throat. It coats your throat and can provide temporary relief.
- Tea- I drink tons of tea when not feeling great. The warm liquid hydrates you and feels good on sore throats/can help with sore throats.
- Oatmeal – Oatmeal is bland while still being nutritious. It’s good if you have an upset stomach!
What meals to eat when you’re sick?
Here’s a list of the best meals to eat when sick!
Lemon Chicken Soup – I swear this is a cold curing soup! I made this soup on a whim once when I had the flu, and wound up eating it for pretty much 2 weeks straight. It’s my go to soup when I’m not feeling well (and even when I’m totally healthy!) The bright citrus flavor + all the veggies are just the perfect combo. This soup is great with zucchini noodles or pasta/rice. You can also can’t go wrong with the traditional Chicken Noodle Soup.
Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal is my go to when I’m not feeling great and can’t stomach anything besides carbs. Steel cut oats are hearty and filling, and these baked steel cut oats are easier to make than cooking on the stove.
Healthy Beef Barley Soup is a delicious, cozy dinner. Made with only a few ingredients in your instant pot, crockpot or stove top. This easy soup is a healthier version of an old fashioned recipe – truly the best beef barley soup!
Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup is total comfort food! Made in your instant pot, crockpot, or on the stove – this yummy soup is paleo, whole30 and SO delicious! Easy to make and SO cozy – you’ll love how creamy and tasty this chicken pot pie soup is while being completely dairy free!
Healthy Butternut Squash Soup is paleo, Whole30, vegan, and naturally gluten/dairy free. Easily made in your crockpot, instant pot, or on the stove! Super creamy and rich – this is a soup recipe everyone will love!
Healthy Italian Wedding Soup is the perfect cozy, easy dinner. Paleo, whole30 and low carb – this soup can be made in the crockpot or on the stove! It’s gluten free, grain free and dairy free but packed with flavor and veggies!
Easy Minestrone Soup is the perfect cozy, healthy dinner! Vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan – it’s delicious and done in under 30 minutes! Make it in your crockpot, instant pot or on the stove – this hearty soup is one you’ll absolutely love!
15 Bean Soup is a vegetarian bean soup recipe everyone will love! Vegan, high protein, tasty & easily made in the slow cooker, instant pot, or on the stove. This is the best bean soup recipe. So hearty, filling, and easy to make!
Vegan Pasta Fagioli is so cozy and delicious. It’s the perfect nutritious, veggie packed, vegetarian dinner. This is the best pasta fagioli recipe! Made in your instant pot, crockpot, or on the stove – it’s simple and tasty!
What should you not eat when sick?
If you’re not feeling well it’s best to avoid the following foods:
- dairy (can increase mucus production making stuffy noses worse!)
- alcohol (it’s a toxin. Your body is already fighting germs, give it a break!)
- refined sugar & junk (a little won’t hurt, but you really need nourishing foods to help you recover!