What you eat can't entirely keep the flu away, but there are some things you can reach for that can help you steer clear of those dreaded aches and pains. At the top of the list are garlic, wild-caught salmon, green tea, yogurt, dark chocolate, sweet potatoes, strawberries and almonds.

"To help fight off germs, seek out foods that are rich in vitamin C," said Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, a nutritionist in New York City. "Or incorporate foods with vitamin E, like almonds, and omega-3 fatty acids, like wild-caught salmon, into your diet since both can help boost your immune system."

To make flu prevention fun, read on as New York City chefs share recipes featuring top flu-fighting ingredients:

--LAMBETH HOCHWALD