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Nutritious Remedies to Beat a Seasonal Cold

By Lee Nyberg, 9:00 am on

Aside from the sniffling and coughing, digestion issues is one of the worst things about coming down with a cold. If you’re looking for cold-fighting foods to feed your elderly loved one this winter, caregivers in Omaha recommend the following nutritious remedies specifically chosen for senior nutrition.

Blueberry Pomegranate Beet Smoothie

This nutrient-packed smoothie is a delicious and nutritious cold remedy. Blueberries, beets, and pomegranates are loaded with powerful antioxidants called proanthocyanidins. Not only are the immune strengthening properties excellent for fighting a cold, these antioxidants also help reverse the signs of aging.

Sweet Potato Ginger Soup

Sweet potato is a hearty source of vitamin A, which is a nutrient that is critical for a healthy immune system. Additionally, the lower glycemic index of boiled sweet potatoes makes them a good choice for seniors who need to watch their sugar intake. If you add some ginger to the soup, it will provide a tasty tartness in addition to strong anti-inflammatory effects for your senior loved one. 

Avgolemono Soup

This recipe isn’t just the cure for the common cold, it’s also a cure for the common chicken noodle soup. It’s comforting and easy to eat just like the chicken noodle soup you know, but this recipe brings a fun Mediterranean twist by adding lemon juice and egg yolk. High in immunity-boosting vitamin C, it also provides a tart flavor that’ll help you get out of your chicken noodle soup rut.

Elderberry Electuary 

The powerful healing properties of elderberry have been known for centuries. Even today, elderberry syrup is a popular remedy for curing colds. Elderberries contain antioxidants that help shorten the duration of a cold. Additionally, elderberries also have anti-inflammatory properties. To create this healing elixir, simply mix dried elderberries with honey or jam to form a thick paste. Take as you would any cold syrup.

Optimal senior health starts with health foods and a regular diet. If your loved one has trouble preparing healthy meals or eating regularly, Home Care Assistance of Omaha can help. As a leading provider of senior home care, we believe that the cornerstone of senior health and vitality begins with proper nutrition, regular exercise, and social interaction. Our expertly trained caregivers can offer these and other services to your senior loved one to promote wellbeing in the comfort of home. Learn more about our services when you call us at (402) 763-9140 today to schedule a free consultation.