7 Convenience Foods to Buy When You Have the Flu or Food Poisoning

 Convenience Foods to Buy When You Have the Flu or Food Poisoning

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Where everyone is queasy, bowels are irritated, and the stomach flu abounds…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Obviously, there is nothing wonderful about the stomach flu (or food poisoning).

I try my best to stay healthy but unfortunately working at a school catches up with me at times. This is the second time I have had the stomach flu in a year. Bless those kiddos hearts, they just love to share.

In a picture perfect world, I would have everything I need on hand to nurture my body when it needs healing the most. That was not the case earlier this week.

My usual go tos would be bone broth, homemade kombucha, and fresh coconut water. I was out of broth and had no coconuts on hand. Nor did I have the energy to attempt to make anything.

That is what I am grateful for convenience foods that can be found at many grocery stores.

7 Convenience Foods to Buy When You Have the Flu or Food Poisoning

1. Coconut Water

Coconut water is one of the first things I reach for when I am recovering from the stomach flu or food poisoning. It is gentle on the stomach and full of electrolytes to replenish minerals and keep you hydrated.

2. Egg Drop Soup

Egg drop soup is a perfect recovery food. While I prefer to make my own there are times I have no energy to even try to make it. Most quality Chinese restaurants make their both from scratch. It may not have simmered for as many hours as bone broth but, it is still full of wholesome minerals and vitamins.

The broth is gentle on a sensitive stomach. It is full of gelatin, which just what a weak stomach and distressed bowels need.

The eggs and broth give you a bit of protein to keep your body going, and if you are like me to ward off a headache from lack of protein.

If you are concerned about the use of MSG, ask your local restaurant to make it without. Many are happy to oblige.

3.  Carbonated Water

Bubbles are delightfully soothing for an upset stomach. I remember the days when my mom would give us 7up growing up. Carbonated water is great way to get the same effect without the added sugar.

If you can muster up a bit of energy you can add unrefined salt and vanilla stevia for an electrolyte cream “soda”. You could also add lemon juice and plain stevia.

4. Ginger Ale

Speaking of bubbles, ginger ale from companies like Zevia are another convenience food that I discovered.

I am not am not sold on Erythritol but, I am comfortable enough with it to have it on occasions like when the stomach flu or food poising strike.

5. White Rice

White rice is easy on the stomach and a simple way to start adding calories to your body again. Rice cookers make cooking rice easy but who wants to clean up the pot when you are barely able to lift a finger?

Guess what? They sell packets of cooked rice at the store. I never tossed my microwave because it is wonderful for heating up wheat/rice packs to keep you warm. They are also handy for heating up those rice packets. (Yes, I know microwaves are evil but, life…)

6. Kombucha

Once again, bubbles. Kombucha is naturally carbonated which right off makes it a nice thing for your sensitive stomach. It is also full of probiotics which is a win when your gut is not running at it’s finest.

I prefer to make my own but I have found that it is now sold at all of my local grocery stores.

7. Gelatin

If I could have nothing else, I would pick gelatin to as my top convenience food to use when I have the flu or food poisoning. Before I could muster up the energy to pick up anything from the store I was adding powdered gelatin to warm water this week.

In all honesty, I use gelatin every day in my tea or coffee but when I am sick, I add it to almost everything I drink. It soothes the gut and stomach and adds needed protein and gelatin to your body.

Right now I am using Perfect Supplements, one of my new favourite brands of gelatin.

What are your go-to convenience foods to buy when you have the flu or food poisoning?

 

My Favourite Things- Laughter Does the Heart Good

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Laughter does the heart good. It brings joy to your heart and livens your step.

While I don’t believe that life isn’t worth living without laughter, I do think that it makes your day all the brighter.

I’ve been reconnecting with Anne Shirley the past couple weeks thanks to the wonderful world of Librivox. The awesome thing about Librivox is that they are audio books. I love being read to,  plus that means that I get more books in! I listen while I get ready in the morning, while folding laundry, or sometimes in the car.

I love being read to,  plus that means that I get more books in! I listen while I get ready in the morning, while folding laundry, or sometimes in the car.

They are all classics that are in the public domain, so they are free!

Favourite Reads

How to Enjoy More Vegetables @ The Nourishing Gourmet

The Day God Reveleaded to Me the Huge Log in My Eye @ Simple Life Abundant Life

First Days and Fresh Starts- Four Practices for Fall @ Mason Jar Values

Bowl of Soul (Chamomile Latte)

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Smooth chamomile infused almond milk, drizzled with raw honey, with a sprinkle of dark chocolate, and a dash of cinnamon- pure bliss in a cup.

Earlier this year my friend was raving to me about a drink she had at a shop (The Naked Lounge, no naked people involved in case you wanted to know…) in Sacramento called “Bowl of Soul”, also known as a chamomile latte, topped with whipped cream, chocolate, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

She knew that I love to recreate all types of coffee and tea drinks, so she asked, begged me to recreate it.

I am not one to say no to a challenge like that. I right away stepped up to the plate, and at our very next girls’ night, I brought the necessary ingredients over to make our long anticipated hot drinks. Let’s just say my version of the Bowl of Soul did not disappoint.

Right away it was given a stamp of approval.

While the flavour combination may be unusual, don’t be put off. I would never think that they could pair so beautifully together but they do.

Be still my tea loving heart, the Bowl of Soul has won me over. It may even take the place of London Fog as a new favourite, shh, don’t tell my poor Earl Grey that…

It’s almost fitting since I was a chamomile fan well before I discovered them joys of black tea.

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Bowl of Soul (Chamomile Latte)

3 cups almond milk
4 TBS dried chamomile flowers
3 TBS raw honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 oz dark chocolate
Whipped cream, optional

Add the almond milk and chamomile to a sauce pan. Heat on low until hot. Turn off the heat and allow the chamomile to steep for 5 minutes.

Strain the chamomile or remove the tea bags. Add two tablespoons of honey and the vanilla extract. Stir until the honey has dissolved.

Froth the milk with a frother, or in a blender.

Divide the milk between two mugs.

Grate the chocolate over the two mugs, sprinkle with the cinnamon, and drizzle the remaining one tablespoon of raw honey over the top. Top with whipped cream if desired.

Bowl of Soul (Chamomile Latte)
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups almond milk
  • 4 TBS dried chamomile flowers
  • 3 TBS raw honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 oz dark chocolate
  • Whipped cream, optional
Instructions
  1. Add the almond milk and chamomile to a sauce pan. Heat on low until hot. Turn off the heat and allow the chamomile to steep for 5 minutes.
  2. Strain the chamomile or remove the tea bags. Add two tablespoons of honey and the vanilla extract. Stir until the honey has dissolved.
  3. Froth the milk with a frother, or in a blender.
  4. Divide the milk between two mugs.
  5. Grate the chocolate over the two mugs, sprinkle with the cinnamon, and drizzle the remaining one tablespoon of raw honey over the top. Top with whipped cream if desired.

 

Natural Lice Killing Hair Mask

 

Natural Lice Killing Hair Mask-www.nourishingsimplicity.org

School is back in session and your child gets sent home with lice…

It happens. You are not a bad mom, you don’t have a dirty house or poor hygiene, it is just a fact of life. There are not many kids that get through childhood without having lice at least once. Don’t believe the myths people try to tell you.

It’s awesome when you have a natural arsenal on hand to prevent lice from the get go but sometimes life just happens and you forget. In that case, you are probably wanting to get those nasty boogers lice gone as soon as possible, so your house and kiddo is lice free and not miss any more school or activities.

There are several effective things that you can/should do to treat lice naturally. A good place to start is a natural lice killing hair mask that is a cinch to whip up!

Why is a natural lice killing hair mask is so important?

Join me at Modern Alternative Health to learn why! 

Lavender Lemonade with Raw Honey

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Summer is in full swing! As July moves into August the temperatures are going to keep rising.

Lemonade is the iconic drink of summer. Who doesn’t have happy memories of sitting on the porch after playing hard all day as a child with a glass of lemonade at your grandma’s house?

Forget the powder mix. Instead, imagine a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade with a hint of lavender! Lavender lemonade has a gorgeous pale purple color from steeping the lavender flowers.

Lavender is a wonderful addition to a summer drink because it helps you relax and calm your nervous system. Raw honey adds the right hint of sweetness with that is actually good for your body! If you suffer from seasonal allergies, local raw honey can ease allergy symptoms.

Lavender lemonade with raw honey is the perfect way to kick back any afternoon this summer!

Join me at Modern Alternative Health to learn how to make this herbal summer treat! 

Lavender Lemonade with Raw Honey

Lavender Lemonade with Raw Honey

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