Considering it’s already September, it won’t be long before we start facing the cold and flu season. As a foodservice management company who focuses on corporate dining, educational facility and hospital cafeterias, concessions management, and health and wellness food programs, we know there are certain foods that are powerful when it comes to fighting colds. Incorporate these foods into your menu to keep the sniffles away all season long!
Turmeric offers anti-inflammatory properties and is believed to rid the body of toxins if taken or eaten in foods on a daily basis. Turmeric is often found in curry dishes, stews, and rice dishes – so eat up!
Sweet potatoes are a healthy alternative to white or russet potatoes used for mashed potatoes and other dishes. Whether baked, mashed, or in sweet potato fries, this wonderful vegetable boosts vitamin A; important for healthy mucosal surfaces (mucous membranes) in the body. Mucous membranes are found in the gastrointestinal tract and the inside of the nose, and also include the skin. Give your vitamin A level a boost, and stay healthier this fall and winter.
Garlic may give you breath that isn’t so pleasant, but it’s unparalleled when it comes to its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. You can take garlic supplements if you can’t stand the thought of garlic breath, but think how flavorful those dishes that contain garlic are! Research supports the fact that those who consume garlic whether in foods or supplements have fewer colds – and when they do have a cold, it’s less severe.
Chicken soup really is a great choice when you’re sick, or it can be used to prevent a cold or flu. You may have been given chicken soup as a kid when you had a cold. As adults, many of us have grown to believe it’s just an old wives’ tale, but it’s true. Chicken soup, or similar broth-based soups, are great for boosting the immune system. Chicken releases an amino acid called cysteine when cooked, which impacts the body much like drugs prescribed to treat bronchitis. Soups that are broth-based typically contain protein, veggies, and liquids so it’s a healthy choice to give your immune system a boost.
Gourmet Services, Inc. is an Atlanta contract food services company whose goal is to provide exceptional dining services with unmatched quality in terms of foods, ingredients, and service.