The 12 Best Foods to Eat When You’re Sick, According to a Nutritionist


1. Unsweetened Greek Yogurt

Pick plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt when you’re feeling under the weather. Protein-rich foods (2/3 cup of yogurt has about 20 grams!) are key to helping the cells of your immune system regenerate. Try choosing non-fat or low-fat kinds — not because of the calorie content, but because colds have a tendency to zap appetite. Since fat is filling, it’s best to get enough protein by eating as much of that yogurt variety as you can.


2. Kefir

What to Eat When You're Sick - Kefir

Many health experts often argue that kefir is actually healthier than yogurt, especially for those looking to boost their immunity during cold season (or naturally quell any digestive issues). Why? The probiotics found in this fermented beverage can contain up to 61 different strains of bacteria and yeasts, according to a nutritional profile published in Frontiers in Microbiology. Sipping on a bottled version when you’re feeling sick certainly couldn’t hurt.