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What to Eat Before & After the COVID-19 Vaccine

Medical professional wearing blue gloves and about to give a needle to a patient in the armAre you ready to get your jab? You don’t need a special diet before getting your COVID-19 vaccine. But there are a few extra food considerations at this time. Here’s what you can do to manage some of the common side effects.

BEFORE getting the COVID vaccine:

  • Take your regular medications as usual. Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Have a snack or light meal depending on the time of your vaccine. The goal is to avoid going for your vaccine on an empty stomach, especially if you have a fear of needles or a history of feeling lightheaded / faint with needles.
  • Eat familiar foods. As a former sports dietitian, I always advised athletes to avoid eating any new foods on “game day.” Consider vaccine day as your “game day” and stick to foods you know so that you don’t trigger any stomach upset.
  • Make some meals made in advance in case you’re too tired or unwell to cook dinner for the next few days after getting the vaccine.

AFTER getting the COVID vaccine:

  • Stay hydrated. You might have a mild fever after getting the vaccine. Keep your mug or water bottle nearby to remind you to get enough fluids throughout the day.
  • Take in some comfort food. Some common symptoms after the vaccine are like chills, fatigue and muscle aches. Try a bowl of chicken noodle soup or your favourite soup to offer some comfort. And cuddle up with a cozy blanket.
  • Hold off on the alcohol. It can dehydrate you even more. Chances are you may not be in the mood for a drink anyway, and less so if you’re feeling headache, chills or the aches.
  • Continue eating a wholesome diet to keep your immune system strong. Think of your immune system as a team with different players. Each player has a role to play. Nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, protein and zinc are just some of the key players on Team Immune System. Fill half your plate or bowl with a variety of colourful veggies and fruit. Get vitamin D from eggs, fatty fish, milk, mushrooms, fortified beverages and supplements if needed. Look for whole grains, lean meats / fish / poultry and plant-based foods like tofu, nuts and seeds.

 Keep well everyone!


Portobello Mushroom Burgers


Portobello Mushroom Burgers

A "meaty" tasting burger bursting with flavour. Even my meat-loving husband loves these (although he needs to eat 2 burgers!)
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 4


  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese (or your favourite cheese; optional)
  • 4 buns
  • Your favourite burger toppings - lettuce, tomatoes, onions, avocado, relish, etc.


  • Gently wipe the mushrooms with a mushroom brush. Trim off the stems and save these for a soup, salad or stir-fry. Place mushroom caps in a shallow dish with the gills facing up.
  • Mix the olive oil, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, sugar and spices in a small bowl to make a marinade.
  • Brush the marinade along the mushroom gills, and then pour some of the marinade into the mushroom caps. Turn the mushrooms over and pour the remaining marinade on top of the mushrooms. Brush the marinade on mushroom tops.
  • Allow mushrooms to marinade 10 minutes. Turn mushrooms over so that gills are facing up again. Use a spoon to scoop the marinade and pour marinade into the mushrooms. Let mushrooms marinade for at least another 20 minutes.
  • Cook mushrooms on a heated grill for a few minutes on each side. Or pan fry on medium heat.
  • Enjoy your burger with your favourite buns and toppings!


This is a modified version of a recipe created by BudgetBytes. 
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