A Pinterest Guide to Food & Drink When You’re Sick
It’s that time of year again: when viruses and the common cold spread like holiday cheer only a month ago. Almost like clockwork, you can count on employee sick days spiking in the long cold days while we await spring. And - besides feeling the worst - you know what the worst part is? Making meals when the only energy you have is to lean across your couch to grab the Kleenex box. Thankfully Pinterest has become a necessary resource to healthy food and drink options sure to help cure your down-and-out days.
Cinnamon Sore Throat Tea
First and foremost the key to recovery when you’ve fallen under the weather is hydration. If it’s a sore throat that’s bothering you, this easy remedy from Life Currents will tackle two for one. It’s literally called Cinnamon Sore Throat Tea...appropriate, yes? Ingredients are easy enough and most likely already in your pantry: 1 cup milk, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon powdered ginger and 1 tablespoon of your favorite mild tasting honey. Click here for the full recipe and instructions.
Lemon + Honey Tea
Another hot drink option that’s good for mind and body is my own personal favorite: lemon honey tea. My brand of choice is Bigelow’s I LOVE LEMON teabags with about a tablespoon of honey per cup. There’s no caffeine, its high in Vitamin C and the honey acts to add sweetness, good flavor and soothes sore throats.
Homemade Electrolyte Drink
If that fever just won’t let up and you’re tired of hot drinks, try this one. While your standard Gatorade and Vitamin Waters can do the trick, here is a DIY vitamin and electrolyte drink recipe that’s all natural and makes sure you’re not consuming extra sugars. Ingredients are basic enough with fruit and lemon juices, coconut water, salt and a DIY sugar free simple syrup.
*TIP: If you know you’re going to be out for a few days and grocery shopping is a no-go, don’t forget about resources like Jet.com where basic groceries can be sent straight to your door, or even the new online shopping feature at Hyvee where you can create a shopping list of everything you need and all you have to do is go to the store at your convenience and pick it up. (Where has this been all the days I’ve been sick in my life!)
Phase two of getting back to normal is what to eat. Even more important than in everyday life is what you consume while sick - a crucial piece of a speedy recovery. Therefore, the perfect pair to your hot or cold drinks is SOUPer-food because, when sick, it has both nutrients for energy as well as that comforting broth we all love and need for further hydration.
Flu Fighter Chicken Noodle Soup
This wouldn’t be a true “get-well-soon” menu if chicken noodle soup wasn’t included somewhere and thanks to Pinterest, there’s even a Flu Fighter Chicken Noodle Soup right here at your fingertips. I won’t claim that it’s something you can whip up in 5 minutes, but it’s miles ahead of anything that comes out of a can, so I suggest putting together a flu-survival kit and whip up a batch to keep in the freezer so you can have a bowl within 5 minutes when the time comes.
Next soup on the list is this Ravioli Soup that’s a nice alternative to your typical chicken noodle. You get all the comfort of soup and pasta in a combination that is both soothing and nutritious. The ingredient list looks lengthy but it’s mostly herbs and spices. The beauty of soup too, is using what’s in your pantry. Nothing ever bad came from a hodgepodge soup creation.
Grilled Cheese + Tomato Soup
Last but not least is another one of my favorite go-to sick meals: grilled cheese and tomato soup. You’re practically guaranteed to have these ingredients on hand and if you want to beef up your meal – literally – add your favorite type of lunch meat to the grilled cheese for added protein.
Hoping you don’t catch the flu bug this season, but if you do, you’ll know exactly what to eat and drink in order to get you back on your feet again.