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10 Foods to Eat When You Have the Flu in Pictures

  • Reviewed By: Melinda Ratini, DO
Reviewed on 10/17/2018

Ice Pops

Popsicle's can soothe your throat when it's sore, swollen, or dry due to flu.

They can soothe your throat when it's sore, swollen, or dry. They also keep you hydrated, which is key when you fight the flu. Getting enough fluids keeps your mucus thin and eases congestion.

Look for ice pops made from 100% fruit juice to make sure you get nutrients and not sugar water. You can also make your own frozen juice bars.

Turkey Sandwich

A turkey sandwich can give your body energy to fight illness and flu.

It has lean protein, a key part of a healthy diet. And although you may not feel like it, eating helps give your body energy to fight illness. Add cranberry sauce for a spike of flavor and comfort-food taste.

Vegetable Juice

Vegetable juice can provide antioxidants that boost the immune system..

Since you may not feel up to making and eating a salad while you recover from the flu, try a glass of low-sodium vegetable juice instead. You'll load up on antioxidants that boost the immune system, your body's defense against germs.

Do you crave a sweet taste? Go with 100% fruit juice.

Chicken Soup

Chicken soup is nourishing and may help with healing.

It helps you get the fluids you need and it's nourishing, too. Some scientific evidence suggests that it may help with healing. Hot chicken soup may also improve the way tiny hair-like parts in the passages of your nose protect your body from bacteria and viruses, but more research is needed.

Garlic

Garlic helps flavor and spice foods up as well boost immunity.

If you feel up to it, garlic can be a good choice to spice up foods like soup. It appears to have some ability to boost the immune system and may help you get fewer colds. But larger and better studies are needed to see if this is true.

Ginger

Ginger root can help stomachaches, nausea and fight inflammation.

It may help relieve your stomachache and nausea. Some studies suggest it fights inflammation, too. You can add it to other foods, either freshly grated or as a powder. Another option: Have a drink of flat ginger ale.

Hot Tea

Drinking hot tea can sooth your throat and provide antioxidants plus breathing in steam can help clear a stuffy nose.

Drink green, oolong, and black tea to take in some antioxidants. Breathe in the steam to help clear your stuffy nose. Add a spoonful of honey and a squeeze of lemon to soothe your sore throat. If caffeine bothers you, try decaf or herbal versions instead.

Banana

Banana are easy on the stomach and help with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Whether you slice it, mash it, or eat it whole, bananas are usually easy on the stomach. They can be a go-to food if you’ve been hit with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Toast

Toast can take the edge off hunger when your stomach can't handle too much.

Toast or crackers are convenient foods when you're fighting illness. They pair well with chicken noodle soup, and their satisfying crunch can take the edge off hunger when your stomach can’t handle much.

Meal Replacement Drinks

Meal replacement drinks can help you get back on the right track with nutrients and calories.

If your appetite has returned, try one of these to make sure you get the right nutrients and calories. Look for lactose-free drinks that are low in sugar and have at least 6 grams of protein. But if real food can be eaten, that's always the better choice.

10 Foods to Eat When You Have the Flu in Pictures

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