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Comfort Food Ideas: What to Have When You Are Not Feeling Well

Updated on July 5, 2011

When you’re not feeling well, it’s likely that you don’t want to eat or drink the same foods that you usually enjoy. Whether you have a seasonal cold, an upset stomach, are recovering from minor surgery or have another type of health problem, chances are that what you’ll find appealing are comfort foods and beverages rather than your usual favorites. Here are a few suggestions for comfort foods and drinks to have the next time you are not feeling well.

Comfort Food Suggestions

When you’re not feeling well, the foods that you usually eat are likely to seem less than appealing. However, it’s important to get proper nourishment to keep up your strength and make it possible for your body to heal.

A few examples of comfort food items that you may want to try when your appetite has been affected by illness include:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Beef Broth
  • Beef Stew
  • Brown Rice
  • Cold Cereal
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Cream of Wheat
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Grits
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Navy Bean Soup
  • Oatmeal
  • Popcorn
  • Saltine Crackers
  • Split Pea Soup
  • Tapioca Pudding
  • Toast with Butter
  • Tomato Soup
  • Vanilla Pudding
  • Vegetable Soup
  • Wheat Crackers (Triscuits, Wheat Thins, etc.)
  • White Rice with Butter
  • Yogurt


Comfort Beverage Suggestions

Staying hydrated is important all the time; this basic fact is certainly no less true when you are not feeling well. When you are sick, it is more important than ever to take steps to make sure that you are drinking plenty of liquids. Choose beverage options that are soothing and comforting while providing you with the hydration you need for your body to fight off the illness you are experiencing at peak capacity.

A few examples of beverages that you may find appealing when you are not feeling healthy include:

  • Apple Juice
  • Club Soda
  • Gatorade
  • Ginger Ale
  • Hot Tea (plain or with milk and sugar)
  • Hot Cocoa
  • Lemon Lime Soda (like Sprite or 7Up)
  • Power Ade
  • Warm Milk
  • Water

Other Comfort Food Suggestions

These are just a few of the many comfort food and beverage ideas that may help you start to feel better when you are experiencing symptoms of being “under the weather”. There are plenty of additional options available, and preferences may vary based on individual tastes and the health condition you are experiencing. What other comfort food and drink suggestions do you have that you would like to share? Please post your tips and ideas in the comments section below.


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  • starbright profile image

    Lucy Jones 

    6 years ago from Scandinavia

    Your list has lots of goodies that I'd certainly like to eat when feeling sick. Finger licking good. Thanks for sharing this wonderful list.

  • spirit929 profile image


    7 years ago from Upstate NY somewhere over the rainbow

    Great Hub MG! Im partial to Lipton chicken soup when Im feeling sick, it's always worked for me!

  • Stephanie Henkel profile image

    Stephanie Henkel 

    7 years ago from USA

    Your comfort food list includes many that I like when not feeling well. When I'm feeling under the weather, I especially like hot tea with milk and sugar, toast with butter or saltines with butter. Cream of Wheat is also one my my comfort foods when I'm sick. There's also nothing like homemade chicken soup- if you can get someone kind enough to make it for you!

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    Dr Kulsum Mehmood 

    7 years ago from Nagpur, India

    Great suggestions. Personally I like lightly seasoned fried rice.

  • ohjiunleng profile image


    7 years ago from New York

    bananas and oatmeal is definitely good to eat when appetite has been affected by illness.

  • Francesca27 profile image


    7 years ago from Hub Page

    You did a great job on this hub. Thanks!

  • Becky Puetz profile image


    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    Great ideas and suggestions as what to eat and drink when your not feeling your best. Thanks for sharing.

  • Eiddwen profile image


    7 years ago from Wales

    A great hub, thanks for sharing this one mgwhite.

    Take care


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    Susan Hazelton 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Great list of foods and drinks. Some people say that coke is good to settle a stomach. I prefer ginger ale.

  • A.A. Zavala profile image

    Augustine A Zavala 

    7 years ago from Texas

    Yummy suggestions. Eating half the list now.

  • fucsia profile image


    7 years ago

    Great argument! Thanks for sharing.

  • keazzel profile image


    7 years ago from Marilao...

    that's right


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