Quite unfortunately I’ve been sick the past few days–the hacking up a lung, head feels like it’s going to explode, gross and achy kind of sick. While I am still deftly armed with a stack of tissues and trashcan near at hand, I’m ready to get back into the swing of things (though before too long I’ll probably be back on the couch where I’ve lived for two days).
So, today you get something special! A combo of my weekly Monday Munchies and Tuesday Tutorials! Yes, it totally has something to do with me being sick, but that is what’s happening in my life so that’s what you all get to share in (lucky you).
I’m sure you’ve all been sick before with the cold or the flu or something worse, and the last thing you want to do is go cook something in the kitchen. I know I just want someone to bring me food all day long like room service, but sometimes that’s not always possible. Sometimes you have to fend for yourself and find nourishment–healthy, quick food that will make you feel better, or at least won’t make you feel worse. Need some ideas for the next time you (or a family member) comes down with something? Look no further!
I found this super helpful list of 10 Easy, Nutritious Foods for When You’ve Contracted the Plague.
I give many thanks to the writer! I’m really hoping I can taste food again today, in which case I’m making a large batch of mashed potatoes and enjoying every bite. What are your favorite foods when your sick? What makes you feel better and recover faster? I want to know, so please share in the comments! Thanks!
10. Heat-and-eat dinners. While I try to avoid microwave cookery as much as possible, there’s something to be said for a square meal prepared in four minutes. Weight Watchers, Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, and Amy’s Foods tend to have better-for-you selections, and sales pop up frequently in my local supermarkets. Just be sure to check the sodium levels – one of these babies can plug you with enough salt to feed a herd of deer.
9. Mashed potatoes, rice, pasta, oatmeal or any easy-make starches. When you’re sick, tea and toast isn’t always the answer. Sometimes (like when you decide to go to work anyway), you need a few calories to keep you going. Stuff like spaghetti or potatoes are easily prepared, and can be as bland or mushy as you want, depending on your specific ailment (upset stomach, toothache, etc.).
8. Tea. Speaking of tea and toast – yeah, you knew this was coming. Still, the temporary healing powers of hot liquids should never be overlooked. For fun and variety, try adding ginger, lemon, or that glorious liquid gold, honey.
7. Smoothies. Do you have yogurt? How about fruit? And a little bit of sugar? Excellent. Pop those suckers in a blender and go to town. Inside of two minutes, you’ll have a healthy, delicious shake that with any luck, you’ll be able to taste. (Damn those headcolds!) There’re a slew of recipes online, and lots can be made with frozen fruit – a cheaper alternative to fresh produce come wintertime.
6. Eggs. Ahhh, the incredible, edible, cooked-in-60-seconds-dible egg. Easy on the wallet and infinitely adaptable, it’s the perfect comfort food when you’ve been confined to the house. For something a bit more filling, pair ‘em with English muffins, cheese, or …
5. Steamed, roasted, pureed, or fresh vegetables. “What? You want me to get out of bed, slosh downstairs, and steam/roast/puree a vegetable in my delicate state? You’re out of your diseased little mind.” Wait! Before you dismiss fresh produce, consider: ounce per ounce, they contain more vitamins, minerals, and immune-boosting elements than ANY OTHER FOOD. Many can be made palatable in under ten minutes, and even the ones that can’t (roasted squash, etc.) can generally be popped in an oven and left alone for an hour while you attend to your meds. To quote a Scottish lass I once met, “THAY-INK AH-BOOT EET.”
4. Simple sandwiches. There are few sick foods as soothing as the sandwiches you ate in elementary school. Whether you prefer PB&J, grilled cheese, ham and swiss, or hummus and vegetables, they’ll do wonders for your brain, and sate your stomach for time being.
3. Fruit. Nutritious as all get out, cheaper than dirt, and no assembly required. ‘Nuff said.
2. Soup. If it’s hot and eaten with a spoon, odds are it’ll do your body good. And while chicken noodle soup is the end-all be-all (no arguments!), there are about a billion other varieties, homemade (extra credit) and canned (if necessary), that will substitute very nicely.
1. Takeout. Look, you’re sick. If you really want veggie dumplings, no one’s going to judge you. And this handy guide should provide a few good suggestions.