Getting sick sucks.
Luckily in Toronto it’s really easy to assemble an arsenal of soothing remedies, bittersweet elixirs, steaming soups and hot drinks to help you start feeling human again.
Many will even deliver right to your door so you don’t need to leave the house.
Here’s what to stock up on when you’re feeling sick in Toronto.
Chicken soup is the cure-all in Jewish families. It doesn’t really matter if it’s swimming with noodles or laden with wontons, even that obnoxious trend, bone broth, has it’s time and place. Skip the spoon, wrap your hands around a mug, breath in the steam, and then drink it down while watching sh*tty soap operas. Works every time.
Where to buy: Get it delivered from a restaurant – my fave is Taste of China Seafood Restaurant, but if you’re not in their delivery zone, there’s no shortage of third party delivery services that will bring soup to your door.
Staying hydrated is number one when you’re feeling sick no matter what ails you. Keep your electrolytes up and get a healthy dose of vitamin C with cold pressed drinks from Greenhouse Juice or anyone of the many, many, many other juice bars scattered throughout Toronto.
Made from Canadian be propolis extract and packed with antioxidants, this sweet and soothing throat spray from Beekeeper’s Naturals is a natural defence to cold and flu symptoms.
Beneficial to your health and general well-being, tea is always a go-to when feeling sick. While there’s no shortage of spots to stock your pantry in Toronto, a pack of the Honest Leaf’s Fresh blend aims to keep you feeling bright, refreshed and revitalized.
Anytime someone so much as sniffles in our offices, a chorus of co-workers pipes in with three simple words: Oil of Oregano. The Immunity Booster from the Village Juicery includes the antimicrobial herbal oil along with raw honey, ginger, colloidal silver, echinacea and lemon.
Bananas, rice, applesauce, toast. If you’ve got an upset tummy, these foods are your best friends.
If you must go out when you’re not well, try to keep yourself fuelled with a quick stop-over at Grey Tiger, where thick slabs of buttered brick toast are sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, or topped with peanut butter, bananas, and coconut bacon.
Where to buy: Grey Tiger, 1190 Bloor Street West, Toronto
As mentioned above; soup is golden, rice is your friend. If you’re looking for one single meal that’s going check off as many of the above boxes as possible, then look no further than Hainanese chicken rice from Jackpot.
The poultry is mildly flavoured but the meat is juicy, the rice is lightly coated in schmaltz that adds a luscious texture AND it comes with soup.
Where to buy: Jackpot Chicken Rice, 318 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
This Ontario-made muscle rub from Illbury + Goose out of London, Ontario will ease your aching muscles, tension, headaches, and congestion with a blend of natural oils infused with mint, beeswax, cinnamon, eucalyptus and more.
Where to buy: The Cure Apothecary, 719 Queen Street West, Toronto