Feed a Cold
By Judy Davie, The Food Coach
Feed a cold with mussels, miso soup and fresh juice
With the sudden change in temperature many of us, while not laid up with flu, feel slightly under par, snivel intermittently throughout the day and can't wait for the day to end for another good night's sleep and the opportunity to shake off "the bug". The old expression "feed a cold starve a fever" has merit despite a loss of appetite, which also often accompanies a cold. Nobody wants nor needs to eat too much however it is still important to eat foods (and drink drinks) to support and strengthen the immune system that don't weigh too heavily on the digestive tract.
Three tasty meals to get you back fighting fit again are: homemade miso soup, fresh juices and steamed mussels.
Miso is a traditional Japanese fermented paste made from soybeans. Like all other fermented foods, including yoghurt, kefir, tempeh soy sauce and apple cider vinegar, miso is from pre-digested bacteria, yeast and moulds which change the composition of the food. Included in the daily diet they encourage the production of healthy bacteria, necessary for complete digestion and a strong immune system. A good homemade miso soup sipped throughout the day is a comforting companion when you have a cold and can help to ease symptoms and nourish and nurture the system.
Fresh fruit and veggies in their raw form are the best source of vitamin C and other antioxidants which help to protect the body from disease. Vitamin C is an unstable nutrient and many of it's healing properties are lost through heat therefore raw juiced vegetables maintain the potency of vitamin C. Citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, orange and grapefruit are excellent combined with apple, celery, beetroot, parsley and, for extra potency, don't forget a good knob of raw garlic and ginger.
Mussels are an excellent sources of zinc a mineral that supports the immune system and protects against free radicals. They are both low in fat, won't fill you up too much and make a very tasty and economical meal.