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Food to eat while healing a sore throat

I am trying to get over strep. I am tired of wonton soups, store made and canned soups, tea w/honey, hot cider,jello and hot lemonade. I can't eat anything spicy or acidic in fear of acid reflux. I'm contagious so DH does not want me puttering in the kitchen so I am limited to premade or easy to fix items that does not have edges (like bread and sweet rolls) and is soft. My apetite is not good either. No caffiene either because my sleep cycle is way out of wack. Any ideas are greatly appeciated.

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  1. Carrot ginger soup. Boil Carrots and as much (or little) ginger as you want with some hacked up onions, until carrots are tender. Toss in blender, puree. Add S&P to taste. Pour in mug, hobble to couch under blanket. Drink like tea.

    That's what I had when I was sick last week. And it's simple enough for SO to make :)

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    1. re: starlady

      This is great. I added some lemon juice and a clove of garlic to it too and it made me feel much better. (Especially standing over the boiling soup and inhaling the steam from it!) I also took the advice of someone else below and munched on some pretzels while waiting for the carrots to cook.

    2. for whatever reason, I really like frozen niblet corn when I'm in your condition -- cook it up with loads of butter and lots of salt and it's soothing on the way down.

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      1. re: orangewasabi

        A lot of butter with almost anything helps things slide down your throat more easily. Same with bacon fat. Soft cheesy scrambled eggs with either of these fats is great when you're hungry.

      2. Korean chicken soup with ginseng, ginger, chinese jujubes, onion, and garlic.

        Recipe available if interested

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        1. re: hannaone

          Hi could i have the Recipe please to try out? I've Tryed everything don't really want to go to my GP as i don't want to waste my time if they are going to do nothing about it.this has happened more than once. I've had tonsillitis twice and don't really want to again so if you can help in anyway that would be grateful



          1. re: shew1992

            you do realize that if it's strep throat and it goes untreated, you can end up hospitalized with scarlet fever, right?

            You don't get to choose whether or not to have tonsillitis -- but you do need to get it checked out so that you feel better AND you don't spread it to everyone with whom you come into contact.

        2. The promise in the hospital when I had my tonsils removed was ice cream. It works fine.

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          1. re: FrankJBN

            I thought DAIRY is never good for a sore throat!!!

            1. re: littlecmad

              I always avoid dairy while I have a sore throat. I don't like the way it coats my throat, and I've heard that it creates more mucuous/congestion. I do, however, love a citrusy sherbert or sorbet when I'm in that condition.

          2. Anything with HONEY or syrups will help. Try some cream cheese or Greek yogurt with honey. No prep there at all. Try polenta, or cream of wheat drizzled with honey. Minimal prep there - just boil some H2O. If you can stand doing this, gargle with some Heinz apple cider vinegar - undiluted. It helps heal sore throats.

            1. When my son had his tonsils out, the first thing he could stand to consume was a 7-11 slurpee. Then he started eating mashed potatoes, pudding, and ice cream.

              MMM, mashed potatoes with some interesting flavors...garlic, cheese, BUTTER! If the SO doesn't want to cook them, the premade frozen Alexia's are good if you can find them, not full of the usual chemical crapola.

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              1. re: coney with everything

                I second potatoes, baked potatoes scooped out and mashed with butter and cheese and rebaked.
                jello and ice cream. soups. scrambled eggs on soft toast.

              2. I'd go for amost the same stuff you'd eat if you had wisdom teeth out. Ice cream, mashed potatoes (LOTS of butter and sour cream!), scrambled eggs, oatmeal.

                1. Thanks to all. I ended up having mashed potatoes. My neighbor gave me a small box of instant which was a blessing in diguise, as I could only eat things the consistancy of cream of wheat. Then as the meds started kicking in and the pain started to subside I went for the real stuff with cheese and sour cream. Dessert was chocolate pudding or a slurpee. I appreciated all the other ideas and will keep them in mind when cold and flu season comes around.

                  1. Asian pear and honey. You can make a tea out of it if you would like. Those two ingredients have been used in Oriental medicine to lubricate and moisten throats.

                    1. I know you are tired of teas, but I once tried a peppermint tea with orange and ginger. I know it doesn't sound the best, but it almost made me feel like myself again. It definitely soothed my throat.

                      1. Egg Drop Soup - the very best combo of "Jewish penicillin" and uncomplicated Hong Kong goodness.

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                        1. re: wayne keyser

                          mmmm, I agree there!

                          Garlic/beef soup is a really good base too, with some egg drizzled in. It'll get you a little eggy goodness (protein) without actually feeling like you are eating something solid.

                        2. Hopefully, the OP has gotten over strep throat by now, but I saw this post and thought I would weigh in. My DH swears by pretzel rod sticks for a scratchy throat. The salt acts as an abrasive to whisk away phlegm and of course carbs always taste good.

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                          1. re: Diane in Bexley

                            Actually, salt will kill all bacteria except for two types of staph, which don't happen to cause problems for humans. So eating the pretzels is likely to feel better because the salt (which dissolves in saliva about as quick as you taste it) is literally killing off the surface bacteria on the throat.

                            Saliva is also a wonderful antibacterial, and eating something tasty gets spit flowing,

                            One way to get stuck pills down is to chew up and swallow a bite of plain white bread. By the time you chew and swallow that pretzel, you have a "bolus" which could very well push phlegm down into the stomach and out of the throat.

                            My rule of thumb is, if you feel like it will help, try it. If it makes you feel better (ice cream versus sherbet, chicken versus no chicken, yogurt or no dairy, etc.), then it is relieving symptoms, and it is a good thing for you to do.

                            1. re: Diane in Bexley

                              This also explains why the very direct method of gargling with salt water is recommended for all sorts of head colds and sore throats.

                              1. re: cresyd

                                I always assumed the basis for the recommendation of gargling with salt water was to help draw out the edema fluid using osmosis.

                                1. re: racer x

                                  could be part of it, but mostly it's because of the antibacterial action (and the fact that the warm water is soothing)

                            2. Hey everybody, i had strep throat for over three days and I ate instant pudding, mashed potatoes, tea and other cold liquids that soothed my mouth. Do not consume foods like chicken. A science theory says that powder protien can cure a sore throat in 36 hours. just add water and stir! It worked for me and i would definatly try it. Also if anyone knows of the chloroseptic throat spray don't use more than 2 squirts. If you do more than that it can cause your stomach to bleed on the inside. I don't think you would want to get your stomach pumped

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                              1. re: colian

                                Why no chicken? This is counter to almost all conventional wisdom not just American but internationally that serve sick people chicken soup.

                                Could you all cite a source for your "science theory" regarding protein powder? TIA

                              2. I'm going to echo everyone here and say, ice cream! ice cream! ice cream!
                                I get strep almost every winter (I don't know why, just a weird thing with me), and I LIVE on mashed potatoes and ice cream. Perhaps not the healthiest diet, but it's the only thing I can have thats not painful...and the cold ice cream is especially soothing.

                                Feel better!

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                                1. re: Daniellabelle

                                  Ice cream, of course. Always ice cream. And more ice cream.

                                  Good that you're better, Tracy L. In future, you might try something I was given as a kid, handed down from my grandfather -- sliced onions in red wine vinegar. Not sure if it helped my sore throats or not, but it is now nostalgic to me.

                                  1. re: dolores

                                    vinegar was the LAST thing I wanted when I had a sore throat recently...the acid just made the pain worse, and I found it also tasted unpleasant.

                                2. Poor thing you! How about tapioca or rice pudding with some raisins for some nutrition. If you can stomach banana with your reflux, try a nice cold smoothy with some yogurt to counter any antibiotics you might be taking. For savory - try eggs. Cheese omelettes with soft stuff like lox tossed in. Get well soon!

                                  1. You poor thing. I can only sip on chicken broth with a squirt of lemon in it..warmed of course. Also, good old Cambells chicken noodle soup..as the noodles just slide down your throat. Get well!

                                    oooops...I see the original post is quite old. Well, hope you got well!

                                    1. Sipping a hot cup of hot milk with some turmeric (about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon) stirred into it is very soothing for a sore/inflamed throat. Add a little honey if you want.

                                      1. Avoid dairy products because they cause one to produce additional mucus. Miso soup is easy and a good choice.

                                        1. My personal experience has been that drinking a *little* alcohol, something mild like amaretto, often helps attenuate the discomfort of a sore throat due to a (presumed) viral infection.
                                          I hate the taste of alcohol, so, aside from weddings and other special occasions, that's about the only time I will touch it.
                                          (Mind you, every website you look at advises against drinking alcohol during an illness.)

                                          Alcohol is not recommended if you are also taking medications that contain acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol and many non-prescription cold remedies).

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                                          1. re: racer x

                                            Maybe the alcohol itself helps the pain? I wonder because an old trick for teething babies is to dip their pacifier in whiskey or dip your finger in to rub on their gums. I don't know if it helps with the pain or if the tiny amount of alcohol relaxes them, but I've heard that one a lot.

                                            1. re: Popkin

                                              Yes, ethanol has anesthetic properties.

                                            2. re: racer x

                                              When I was newly married, our next door neighbor recommended "hot white wine and lemonade," basically half and half and microwaved for a minute or two, just so it is very warm but not hot. It is to be sipped. It doesn't take much, and you feel very relaxed, and warm.

                                              Interestingly, if you look at Nyquil, alcohol and acetaminophen are both ingredients. Alcohol "potentiates" (increases the effects of) some medications, which is why you should be sure that the amount of medication and the amount of alcohol you plan on taking are safe--ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

                                            3. When I got my tonsils out, my FAV food was cold chocolate pudding! It has no prep time at all! That is the best part!

                                              1. I couldn't eat mashed potatoes with strep, but I am enjoying the hot teas.

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                                                1. re: llclphresh

                                                  Though it is 3 years ago to the day, I feel for you.

                                                2. Bourbon...preferably Pappy Van Winkle

                                                  1. Pastina (Ronzoni brand), with a lot of butter and salt.

                                                    1. To soothe a sore throat, try this awesome blend of deliciousness: Frozen mangoes, banana, spoonful of maple syrup, spoonful of honey, add to cold water, blend. Fantastico.

                                                      1. An old time cough remedy- half a packet of Jello mixed with hot water and drunk like tea. Very soothing for a raw throat. And it tastes great.

                                                        1. I like to have some warm, watery oatmeal. The starchy water feels pretty soothing IMO. You can add some honey if you like, too.

                                                          1. How do you feel about jook, aka congee? Couldn't be easier. Chicken boiled in water for stock, rice and ginger. Top with minced green onions. Feel better soon.

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                                                            1. re: letsindulge

                                                              Oh I agree! Congee is the best for ANY ailment. I have Crohn's disease and my whole system gets inflamed and I lose my appetite -congee rocks!

                                                              I also make Udon soup (easy for when you lack energy too). Get a package or Udon soup from the grocery store or Japanese market and embellish to your liking.

                                                              I usually add soft tofu or soft poached chicken, some green leaves like spinach, green onions and maybe a few sliced mushroom if I have them. I always add minced ginger as it really helps.
                                                              The salty and slightly sweet broth soothes. The fumes alone help!

                                                              Get better soon :)

                                                            2. When I had strep, what I craved (believe it or not) was old fashioned red Hawaiian Punch in the can. But I am fascinated by the Pretzel Rod theory. My pediatrician swore by salt water gargles for my frequent sore throats when I was little, so you know what, if you can bear the swallowing of the pretzel, why not?

                                                              1. Just saw this while i saw googling remedies, I have a sore throat at the moment and im reading in the posts under this that honey is good for throats, and salt. They say pretzels work but then i thought what about Soda Crackers and Honey? Sounds easy to make right? Im going to go try it, hope you guys do to and lemme no how it tastes!!

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                                                                1. re: yorkydorky101

                                                                  Not a food rec, but try some Tylenol sore throat liquid. Over the counter pain meds rarely give me much pain relief, but for some reason this stuff works really well.

                                                                  1. re: gmm

                                                                    Burt's Bees just came out with three flavors of what they are calling throat drops: honey, lemon honey and pomegrante honey. http://www.burtsbees.com/natural-prod...

                                                                2. Warm cider with a piece of fresh ginger & a cinnamon stick steeped in the brew.

                                                                    1. Chicken soup made with ginger.

                                                                      1. My favorite method is put almond or coconut milk, soy yogurt, blueberries, honey, lemon, and then add ginger like there is NO TOMORROW! It is really delicious, and all you do is throw stuff in a blender. I sing in a band and when my throat hurts like crazy after rehearsing, this is my go-to. (The veganism of the smoothie is because you don't want dairy with a sore throat)

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                                                                        1. re: emmakp9

                                                                          Strep throat is caused by a virus.
                                                                          All virus's must have very specific conditions to survive and multiply. Two important conditions are temperature and the PH they are living in.
                                                                          Change the temperature a few degrees and change the PH slightly and the virus will die.
                                                                          Remember all those 'home remedies' to get rid of colds?
                                                                          Put a mustard pack on the chest. Why? To draw blood to the chest which increases the temperature in the lungs slightly.
                                                                          Put your head over a hot steaming bowl. Increase the temperature inside the lungs.
                                                                          Ever see those funny mask gel packs you can heat up and wear like The Lone Ranger? Same thing.
                                                                          Now the best part: Simply gargling with baking soda every half hour changes the PH in your throat/mouth.
                                                                          You can kill off the cold/strep virus in a day by maintaining a more alkaline PH than the virus can thrive in.
                                                                          Check out Goggle.
                                                                          Whenever we feel any cold flu coming on a day of gargling with baking soda every half hour immediately kills off the virus.
                                                                          Also a pinch of baking soda in your drinking water will move your body chemistry very slightly to alkaline.

                                                                          1. re: Puffin3

                                                                            I've always heard about gargling with warm water and salt - does that achieve something different than baking soda or the same effect?

                                                                            1. re: cresyd

                                                                              Salt will also change the PH in your throat very temporarily but baking soda is much more effective. Same reason brushing one's teeth with baking soda kills off the bad germs attacking teeth enamel.
                                                                              It's a scientific fact that common viruses which cause flu and colds can not survive in a saline solution and especially not in a baking powder solution.
                                                                              Funny old world.
                                                                              Full circle. A common element such as baking soda will kill off germs in your mouth AND your counter tops. LOL
                                                                              Go figure.

                                                                              1. re: Puffin3

                                                                                Thank you - I've long been a fan of saline solution nasal spray when I'm congested, but will switch to gargling with baking soda when need be.

                                                                                1. re: cresyd

                                                                                  The SinuCleanse line of neti pots come with packets containing a mixture of baking soda and superfine salt -- and it *works*

                                                                                  (I have finally said goodby to my chronic sinus infections, and don't suffer much from them any more, as I can usually head them off by using my neti pot before they really get a good chokehold on me)

                                                                            2. re: Puffin3

                                                                              ummm....not to be technical on you or anything, but strep throat (although it might occur secondary to a viral infection) is caused by a bacteria, specifically one of the group A streptococcus bacteria strains.

                                                                              1. re: janetofreno

                                                                                and the rest of us would really appreciate your getting yourself to a doctor so you don't spread it to everyone else.

                                                                                (not to mention the risk of scarlet fever should it go untreated)

                                                                              2. re: Puffin3

                                                                                I wish I knew that 7 years ago! This is good to know, I like to travel and I work with the public. I come down with a cold about once a year (which is a lot less than my coworkers). Thanks