Feel-better foods for when you're sick

For those days when it's even more difficult than usual to get out of bed. Those days when you just want to Netflix and chill (and no, not in that way) with a box of tissues and the blinds closed tight. These are the foods to find comfort in - the ones that will, with any luck, have you feeling back to yourself in no time flat.

Pitaya bowl from Trilogy Sanctuary

What is it about pitaya bowls that has health nuts falling all over themselves? Pitaya is another word for dragon fruit, which is a bright reddish-pink fruit with a white or bright pink flesh speckled with black seeds. The fruit itself is high in antioxidants, which can help boost your immune system when you're sick. Trilogy Sanctuary offers a Tropical Pitaya smoothie and several different bowl options with such ingredients as almond milk, cacoa nibs, avocado, and even hemp seed.

Trilogy Sanctuary, 7650 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858.633.3893, trilogysanctuary.com

 

Creamy tomato-fennel soup from Urban Solace

Tomatoes are high in vitamin C, biotin and vitamin K, as well as a host of other important nutrients. The tomato fennel soup from Urban Solace is particularly noteworthy and comforting (especially while enjoying with a side of the restaurant's great cheese biscuits or the grilled four-cheese sandwich). While soup can help provide a cozy feeling by warming your belly, be cautious eating while you have a sore throat because it could irritate it more.

Urban Solace, 3823 30th St., North Park, 619.295.6464, urbansolace.net

 

Pho from Pho Hoa

If you're someone who thinks all pho tastes the same, you need to introduce yourself to Pho Hoa - now. A big bowl of pho from this City Heights restaurant will fill you up quick. Sure the broth (in the non-vegetarian bowls) is filled with iron to help strengthen red blood cells, but add to your bowl some Thai basil (an anti-inflammatory and good source of vitamin A), bean sprouts (high in protein), and most importantly, some hot sauce to help open nasal passages, and you've got a feel-good meal for when you're down with a cold.

4717 El Cajon Blvd., City Heights.

 

Kombucha from Bootstrap Kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented drink made with black tea, yeast and a sugar compound (can be honey, fruit, cane sugar or various other sources). The drink can help cleanse the palate, help aid sleep, reset the gut with good bacteria (similar to yogurts and kefir), and can even prevent and combat hangovers. Now that's a super food. There have been no major health studies to prove the drink's claims, but it has been around for thousands of years, so it must be doing something right.

4085 Pacific Highway, Suite 105B, San Diego, bootstrapkombucha.com

 

Ginger juice from Gingernize at Hillcrest Farmers Market

Ginger is an anti-inflammatory root that can help with sore throats, and have been known to kill rhinoviruses that cause the common cold. The juices from Gingerize (ginger-energize) include organic, fresh ingredients squeezed daily. As an added bonus, the Ginger Pineapple Delight has a hearty dose of vitamin C to help you get back on your feet quicker. The Gingernize booth is generally located at the market between Harvey Milk Street and University Avenue on Normal Street.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday. Hillcrest Farmers Market, 3960 Normal St., Hillcrest. hillcrestfarmersmarket.com

 

Fresh squeezed OJ from Barons Market

Orange juice is loaded with vitamin C. While there isn't much evidence to support that vitamin C can help you get over your cold sooner, oranges have been shown to help boost immune systems, to hopefully keep your body from catching a cold in the first place. At Barons Market, thanks to a handy machine at the store, you can get fresh-squeezed orange juice in no time at all. Just be cautious, as OJ - even the natural kind - contains a lot of fructose and can add a lot of calories to your diet.

Multiple locations. baronsmarket.com

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