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Anti-Herpes Recipes Featuring Foods Rich in Lysine and Low in Arginine


If you are interested in learning how to make delicious dishes that can help prevent cold sores and herpes outbreaks, you have come to the right place! In this section, you'll find a bunch of recipes starring foods that are considered particularly beneficial for people who are prone to getting cold sores, also known as fever blisters.

If you are new to this online Guide to Fighting Cold Sores, you may want to take a look at the diet section (see The Anti-Cold Sore Diet) and the food section (see Foods That Help Prevent Cold Sores) before you get started with the anti-herpes recipes below.

Apple and Onion Soup

6 servings

This recipe combines apples and onions, two of nature's best sources of the bioflavonoid quercetin which can suppress the herpes simplex virus.

Ingredients
1 tbsp canola oil
2 medium yellow onions, sliced
1 small leek, chopped
1/2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1/2 tbsp fresh thyme
3 organic apples, cut into small dices
6 cups fat-free, low-sodium vegetable broth
Directions
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until golden.
Pour in the broth and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Add apples, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Ladle into soup bowls and serve.

Oat and Buckwheat Muesli with Pears and Grapes

4 servings

Eating a bowl of this delicious muesli for breakfast is a superb way to start a day off right. Red grapes, a key ingredient in this dish, contain resveratrol, a natural compound that has been shown to be active against the herpes simplex virus in laboratory studies.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup puffed buckwheat
1/2 cup dried apples, chopped
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup organic pears, diced
1 cup red grapes, halved
3 tbsp brown sugar
Rice milk to serve
Directions
Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C, gas 3).
Spread oats evenly onto a non-stick baking tray and toast in preheated oven for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Watch oats very closely when toasting as they can burn easily.
Remove from oven and let cool. Pour into a large ceramic or glass bowl and add water. Let soak in a refrigerator overnight.
Add puffed buckwheat, dried apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar to soaked oats. Stir well.
Divide mixture into serving bowls and top with pears and grapes. Serve with rice milk.

Low-Fat Apple and Raspberry Crumble

Dairy-Free

This recipe combines apples and raspberries, two excellent sources of the bioflavonoid quercetin. Quercetin can inhibit the replication of many viruses, including the herpes simplex virus.

Ingredients
5 large cooking apples, finely sliced
1 cup raspberries
2 cups apple juice
2 cups rolled oats
2 tbsp butter or margarine
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F (gas 4)
Arrange apple slices and raspberries in a buttered baking dish. Pour apple juice over.
Mix rolled oats, sugar, and spices in a medium bowl. Cut in butter or margarine with fingers until evenly dispersed.
Cover apples and raspberries with crumble topping.
Bake for 45-60 minutes in preheated oven. Serve hot or cold.

Apple Slices with Cinnamon

Serves 1

This dessert is a cinch to prepare, and it contains only 95 calories! But the benefits of this dish do not end there: apples are rich in quercetin, a bioflavonoid that can exert antiviral activity against several types of viruses including herpes simplex virus.

Ingredients
1 medium apple, cored and sliced
1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
Directions
Place apple slices on a small serving plate. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve immediately.

Oat Muesli with Apples and Raspberries (Dairy-Free)

4 servings

This recipe features apples and raspberries, two great sources of the bioflavonoid quercetin. Quercetin can inhibit the replication of many viruses, including the herpes simplex virus.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup popped rice
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup organic apples, diced
1 cup raspberries
3 tbsp brown sugar
Rice milk to serve
Directions
Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C, gas 3).
Mix oats, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Spread mixture evenly onto a non-stick baking tray.
Toast oat mixture in preheated oven for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Watch mixture very closely when toasting as it can burn very easily.
Remove from oven and let cool. Pour into a large bowl and stir in popped rice.
Divide mixture into serving bowls and top with apples and raspberries. Serve with rice milk.

Original Bircher Muesli

1 serving

Muesli was developed as a health food by the Swiss Physician Maximilian Bircher-Brenner towards the end of the 19th century. This is the original muesli recipe Mr Bircher-Benner recommended to his patients.

Ingredients
1 tbsp rolled oats
3 tbsp water
1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp lemon juice
1-2 apples (including skin)
1 tbsp hazelnuts or almonds, ground
Directions
Combine oats and water and refrigerate overnight. Soaking improves the nutritional value of oats as it allows enzymes to break down and neutralize phytic acid, a compound that can block the absorption of many minerals in the intestines.
Grate apples. Add them, together with sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice, to soaked oats. Stir well.
Sprinkle with almonds or hazelnuts and serve.