What to eat when swallowing hurts

Flu season is upon us again. If you've caught a nasty bug and your throat is burning, try feeding yourself with these nourishing foods. They're good for you and so easy to swallow!

1. Tea

One of the best remedies to soothe a scratchy throat is a warm cup of tea. Regardless of whether you use black, green or white tea leaves, they're all high in antioxidants to give your body an immunity boost.

2. Honey

Honey is a well-known throat soother thanks to its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine also found that honey is an effective remedy against coughs. Just go for raw, wild or manuka honey - the less processed the better!

3. Oily fish

Make salmon, tuna and mackerel your choice of protein when you're sick. These fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, a compound that helps to reduce inflammation in the body.

Best foods to soothe sore throats

  • Flu season is upon us again.
  • If you've caught a nasty bug and your throat is burning, try feeding yourself with these nourishing foods.
  • One of the best remedies to soothe a scratchy throat is a warm cup of tea.
  • Regardless of whether you use black, green or white tea leaves, they're all high in antioxidants to give your body an immunity boost.
  • Honey is a well-known throat soother thanks to its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Just go for raw, wild or manuka honey - the less processed the better!
  • Make salmon, tuna and mackerel your choice of protein when you're sick.
  • These fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, a compound that helps to reduce inflammation in the body.
  • Load up on oatmeal when you're feeling down. Oats are nutritious and full of fibre and antioxidants, plus they're easy to swallow too.
  • You can enjoy them hot for a warm meal, or cold as overnight oats.
  • When your throat feels like sandpaper, soup is the easiest thing to swallow.
  • Have a bowl of hot chicken soup with vegetables thrown in for added nutrients.
  • Bananas are a great option for a quick brekkie if you're feeling under the weather.
  • Besides being soft and easy-to-swallow, bananas are also high in vitamin B to give you an energy boost, and vitamin C to fend off infections.
  • Soft, creamy, and delicious, these go down easily.
  • Plus points for its high protein and amino acid content.
  • High in healthy fats and vitamin C, avocados are a great nutrient powerhouse when you're unwell.
  • They're smooth and creamy too, and can be paired with honey for an added anti-inflammatory kick.
  • Hooray, this made the list!
  • Cold treats definitely help relieve the pain of an inflamed throat
  • Just be sure to drink lots of water as well, and avoid them if you're coughing.

4. Oats

Load up on oatmeal when you're feeling down. Oats are nutritious and full of fibre and antioxidants, plus they're easy to swallow too. You can enjoy them hot for a warm meal, or cold as overnight oats.

5. Soup

When your throat feels like sandpaper, soup is the easiest thing to swallow. Have a bowl of hot chicken soup with vegetables thrown in for added nutrients.

6. Bananas

Bananas are a great option for a quick brekkie if you're feeling under the weather. Besides being soft and easy-to-swallow, bananas are also high in vitamin B to give you an energy boost, and vitamin C to fend off infections.

7. Scrambled eggs

Soft, creamy, and delicious, these go down easily. Plus points for its high protein and amino acid content.

Also read: What you need to know about sore throats

8. Avocados

High in healthy fats and vitamin C, avocados are a great nutrient powerhouse when you're unwell. They're smooth and creamy too, and can be paired with honey for an added anti-inflammatory kick.

9. Popsicle or ice cream

Hooray, this made the list! Cold treats definitely help relieve the pain of an inflamed throat. Just be sure to drink lots of water as well, and avoid them if you're coughing.

Also read: Most antibiotics prescribed for sore throat unneeded 

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