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October 28, 2016 / mintcustard

Keeping colds at bay with broccoli soup and ColdZyme.

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As a parent of students and as a teacher, these few months after the start of term are full of new beginnings, new challenges and new viruses to contend with. If you are away at University living in Halls Fresher’s flu is a real issue you will almost certainly have to cope with. Not only are you fending for yourselves, you will be burning the candle at both ends and have deadlines to meet I am sure.

Prevention is better than cure, so stock up on vitamin C rich foods, drink plenty of fluids and maintain good hygiene (easier to be on top of your own as sometimes flatmates……. well….!!!!!)

Make sure you get into a good sleep routine. When we sleep our immune system repairs itself, so chronic sleep deprivation can make you prone to infections.Not easy if you are out clubbing but rest when you can.

Manage your stress levels. Try to prioritise and plan where possible as stress can play havoc with your immune system. Don’t leave that essay until the last minute.

Consider using anti-viral tissues and keep them in your bag or on your desk if those around you have a cold to minimise the spread of the virus and make sure that tissues are put straight in the bin.

Use ColdZyme, a revolutionary mouth spray which targets the cause of the common cold and is clinically documented to help reduce the duration of a cold.

If the worst does happen then you can combine all of the above strategies with a big bowl of vitamin C rich soup. It’s cheap too which is always a bonus.

Broccoli stalk soup – makes 1 big bowl

Ingredients

1 broccoli stalk and 2 or three florets – chopped finely

1 small floury potato finely diced

1/4 onion finely chopped

1 clove of garlic

500 ml stock (vegetable or chicken works particularly well)

1 tsp oil

How to 

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan and soften the garlic and onions until translucent.
  • Add in the broccoli and the potato, turnover in the oil and then add the stock.
  • Simmer gently for 10 minutes until the potato and broccoli stalk is softened.
  • You can either leave the soup chunky or use a stick wand to blitz the soup to a silky smoothness.
  • Pour into a deep bowl. You can garnish with crispy onions, a swirl of sour cream or a few croutons.

Hope you can avoid the cold and flu season but if not remember to use the tips and recipe to help you get better soon.

I was sent ColdZyme to try (as yet I haven’t had a cold so it remains in the box!). I was not paid to write this article, all ideas and the recipes are my own and I was not asked to write a positive review.

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