The other day I picked up my normally energetic and vibrant four-year-old daughter from school and found that she was irritable and sleepy. We had to stop by the grocery store and she even asked to sit in the cart. For an independent preschooler who makes it a point to proclaim her break from being the baby every chance she gets I knew that this was a sign of something unpleasant. Later that night she started to run a fever and by the morning she was complaining of a sore throat. We naturally kept her home but due to no redness in her throat decided to wait another day before heading to the doctor. When night fell her fever rose, but we were able to get it to come down and save us a trip to the after hours clinic. Bright and early the next morning we were the first in the parking lot at the doctor’s office. After an exam and some testing they delivered the dread diagnoses of strep throat.
I knew in my heart that it was strep from the beginning but I was really, really hoping it wasn’t. I recognized that this ment. I was going to have a battle with my very affectionate little munchkins when I explained to her that she would have to stay in her bed, away from the rest of the family, quarantined. I also had to make it very clear that she could not drink out of any of our cups and explain to her older brother that he would not be able to eat the rest of her dinner that she often leaves on her plate. Separating my children from one another is extremely disheartening.
The fight was not as difficult as I expected. The tasty “pink” medicine, a new Barbie toothbrush, a couple of jars of organic pineapple juice and some fresh fruit brought cheer to the gloomy situation.
So you might be wondering why pineapple juice. The go to juice for when someone is sick is orange juice, right? Well, because of the vitamin C content in citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits and lemons they do make a wonderful choice for someone who needs to boost their immune system to fight off a cold. But my princess didn’t have a cold. She had strep. And with strep she had a sore, raw, and swollen throat. This was a job for pineapple.
Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelian that have anti-inflammatory properties. This makes them a powerful natural treatment for sore and irritated throats. And guess what? Pineapples contain vitamin C as well, so that allows it to play double duty! Isn’t that wonderful?
Drinking straight pineapple juice is fantastic and creamy treat but mixing it in a smoothie makes for a tropical delightment. Here is one of my pineapple creations that I made for my daughter to help sooth and comfort her little voice-box and help her get back to her voicetress self.
1 – 1 1/2 c pineapple juice
1 c fresh or frozen mango, cut into chunks
1 celery stalk
1 tsp of local honey
1 – 2 Tbsp of chia seeds
1. Place everything in a blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy.
That’s it. Easy as pie… or a smoothie!
What are your go to drinks and foods that help you battle a sore throat?