Everyone around me seems to be sick this week! Somehow I have managed (knock on wood) to fend off the cold bugs flying around. Though I have no scientific evidence to prove this, I like to think it’s due to the regular consumption (so to speak) of my three favorite cold-fighters.
1. Drink an Emergen-C packet everyday.
If you feel a case of the sniffles coming on, double the dosage. The best flavor is the Lemon Line one, and even though they’ve recently upgraded their packaging (I liked it better before it got slick), this standby has been around for years. A must on plane-trips!
2. Eat garlicky pasta at least once a week.
This is my favorite quick pasta dish: Pasta with broccoli rabe and red pepper. Traditionally, it’s made with orecchiette, but if that’s hard to find (as is the case in my hood) shells will do. Put your pot of pasta water on the stove. While you’re waiting for it boil, roughly chop a bunch of broccoli rabe, set aside. Then, chop four to six garlic cloves very finely. Add pasta to boiling water, set timer as per al dente instructions. When there’s about five minutes left, add broccoli rabe to the pasta pot. Meanwhile, heat up a few tablespoons of extra virgin. When it’s sizzling, add garlic, and cook until just before it turns golden. Remove from heat. Drain pasta and broccoli rabe, and then add them to the pan with the oil and garlic. Turn the flame on to very low, toss for minute on low heat, sprinkle with a handful of good red pepper flakes. Serve with fresh parmesan.
3. Take hot, hot baths with C.O. Bigelow‘s Cold & Flu soak
You don’t need to have a cold to enjoy the goodness of this apothecary’s bestselling bath soak. Infused with eucalyptus, peppermint, willow bark and Echinacea, it will have you breathing deeply and feeling sleepy in no time. Note: If you can’t find it on their site, call 800-395-4004.
I guarantee that these three things will make your winter months more enjoyable, if not actually healthier. Hey, they won’t hurt! Do you have a favorite way to fight a cold? Share your tips here! — Angela M.