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Eat to Beat the Cold and Flu Season

October 22, 2013

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A cough here, a sniffle there. Cold and flu season is right around the corner. Chances are someone in your office or one of your friends has already been out sick. Think beyond orange juice and chemical cough syrup – think delicious, immunity boosting, clean, green foods that strengthen your immunity, decreasing your chances of getting sick. Dig in and reap the benefits.

Try the “C food diet”: Skip the juicy fruit flavored Vitamin C supplements and vegetables. Think carrots, pumpkin and dark leafy greens, like lacinato kale, Swiss chard and Mizuna.

Good for the Tummy, Bacteria: Probiotics are chock full of good bacteria that strengthen your immune system. Think of it like extra health insurance for your bod. Go Greek for an extra protein boost when your energy is dragging.

Think zinc: Foods like pepitas, pumpkin seeds, wheat germ, sesame, lean beef and even chocolate (!) are rich in zinc, which may reduce the duration of your cold.

Soup, for the Soul: Whether you choose miso, butternut squash or good ol’ chicken soup, any hot fluid will do. Go for the triple threat of soothing broth, vitamin-rich veggies and fortifying protein for maximum benefits. Thank yo’ Mama for this tip! Word.

Of course, the best form of sickness prevention is to wash your hands frequently, get your flu shot early, keep your immunity up  and of course, get lots of sleep! Sleep, it’s free and it’s your best friend.

Candice Kumai, the former host of Lifetime’s Cook Yourself Thin and TLC’s Homemade Simple, received her culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu California School of Culinary Arts and has cooked in several restaurants. Candice was the youngest chef to compete on Bravo’s inaugural season of Top Chef at age 23. She wrote and contributed to more than half a dozen cookbooks, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Cook Yourself ThinThe Skinny Bitch Cookbook and Recipe Rehab Cookbook. For more information, check out Candice’s website and blog