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Food to eat while healing a sore throat

free sample addict aka Tracy L Jul 24, 2007 11:04 PM

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. starlady RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jul 24, 2007 11:09 PM

    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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      jenn7898 RE: starlady Nov 7, 2010 06:01 AM

      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. orangewasabi RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jul 25, 2007 06:39 AM

      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.

      1. hannaone RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jul 25, 2007 08:55 AM

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

        Recipe available if interested

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          FrankJBN RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jul 25, 2007 08:57 AM

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

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            littlecmad RE: FrankJBN Nov 19, 2010 03:47 PM

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

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              LaPomme RE: littlecmad Nov 19, 2010 04:01 PM

              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. Cheese Boy RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jul 25, 2007 09:15 AM

            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. coney with everything RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jul 25, 2007 09:37 AM

              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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                smartie RE: coney with everything Jul 25, 2007 10:12 AM

                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. LindaWhit RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jul 25, 2007 10:45 AM

                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. free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jul 26, 2007 10:39 PM

                  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. Miss Needle RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jul 27, 2007 08:01 AM

                    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.

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                      linz_e_moore RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 18, 2007 03:48 PM

                      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.

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                        wayne keyser RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 18, 2007 08:00 PM

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

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                          Popkin RE: wayne keyser Jul 25, 2010 07:40 AM

                          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.

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                          Diane in Bexley RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 19, 2007 08:58 AM

                          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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                            ChrisRN75495 RE: Diane in Bexley May 27, 2011 12:18 PM

                            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.

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                              cresyd RE: Diane in Bexley Oct 15, 2012 03:38 AM

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

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                                racer x RE: cresyd Oct 15, 2012 03:04 PM

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

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                                  sunshine842 RE: racer x Oct 17, 2012 02:25 PM

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

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                              colian RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Dec 12, 2008 10:21 AM

                              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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                                KTinNYC RE: colian Dec 12, 2008 01:32 PM

                                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

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                                Daniellabelle RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Dec 12, 2008 10:52 AM

                                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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                                  dolores RE: Daniellabelle Dec 12, 2008 11:00 AM

                                  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.

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                                    susancinsf RE: dolores Dec 12, 2008 11:42 AM

                                    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.

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                                      dolores RE: susancinsf Dec 12, 2008 12:17 PM

                                      It worked for me at the time.

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                                  Sal Vanilla RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Dec 12, 2008 11:50 AM

                                  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!

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                                    melly RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Dec 12, 2008 09:48 PM

                                    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. EmmaToo RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Dec 13, 2008 02:26 PM

                                      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.

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                                        lgss RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Dec 14, 2008 04:57 AM

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

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                                          racer x RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Dec 14, 2008 05:37 AM

                                          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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                                            Popkin RE: racer x Jul 25, 2010 07:50 AM

                                            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.

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                                              racer x RE: Popkin Jul 25, 2010 08:54 AM

                                              Yes, ethanol has anesthetic properties.

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                                              ChrisRN75495 RE: racer x May 27, 2011 12:29 PM

                                              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.

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                                              Iggies RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Mar 29, 2010 07:32 AM

                                              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!

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                                                llclphresh RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jul 23, 2010 05:47 PM

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

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                                                  free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: llclphresh Jul 24, 2010 12:36 AM

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

                                                2. cookingasshole RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jul 24, 2010 12:40 AM

                                                  Bourbon...preferably Pappy Van Winkle

                                                  1. EWSflash RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Nov 19, 2010 05:18 PM

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

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                                                      jdross19 RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 18, 2011 01:17 PM

                                                      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. eclecticsynergy RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 24, 2011 08:11 AM

                                                        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.

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                                                          zooxanthellae RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 24, 2011 10:12 AM

                                                          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. letsindulge RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 24, 2011 11:04 AM

                                                            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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                                                              maggieg RE: letsindulge Oct 17, 2012 01:55 PM

                                                              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. pinehurst RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 24, 2011 05:54 PM

                                                              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?

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                                                                yorkydorky101 RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 14, 2012 06:39 PM

                                                                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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                                                                  gmm RE: yorkydorky101 Oct 15, 2012 05:55 PM

                                                                  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.

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                                                                    HillJ RE: gmm Oct 17, 2012 10:26 AM

                                                                    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...

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                                                                  HillJ RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 17, 2012 10:24 AM

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

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                                                                    sandylc RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 17, 2012 06:28 PM

                                                                    Slippery Elm tea.

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                                                                      sandylc RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 17, 2012 06:38 PM

                                                                      Chicken soup made with ginger.

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                                                                        emmakp9 RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jul 22, 2013 08:15 PM

                                                                        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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