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?


Nourishing Ramen Bowl


Savory, salty broth, full of noodles just waiting to be slurped up.

Ramen noodles, we’ve all had them right? Those hard little bricks of fried noodles and MSG ladened spice packets. Most of us probably even had quite a fondness for them.

I’m not going to lie, they were a favourite of mine for several years. My mom drew the limit at twice a week. I actually remember thinking about how when I grew up that I would eat them whenever I wanted to because, well I would be an adult. Please, please tell me I am not alone in this confession!

Dear twelve-year-old self, you WILL change your mind, trust me on this one.

But wait for just a minute. Ramen noodles are the perfect, simple meal for busy days when you are craving savory broth. Plus who can resist noodles?

What is a gal to do?

With a few simple ingredients, you can create a nourishing ramen bowl that is actually good for you!

This almost from scratch noodle bowl only takes a little bit longer than those packets you once adored. The key- fresh broth kept in the fridge and store bought noodles.

I try to keep homemade bone broth in my refrigerator at all times. It is full of so many vitamins and gelatin. Bone broth makes your homemade soups go from tasty to extraordinary. Seriously. Once you ditch the carton, it’s hard to go back. All you need is leftover chicken bones and water.

Homemade noodles are awesome. I even bought a book about making your own homemade ramen noodles. I drool over the pages but most of us don’t have time or energy to make our own. Offer yourself some grace and use store bought udon noodles, you can make homemade noodles another day.

Nourishing Ramen Bowl



2 quarts chicken broth
8 oz udon noodles
1 TBS yellow or white miso paste



1 lb boneless/skinless chicken thighs, pounded flat
2 TBS coconut oil
1 tsp unrefined salt


4 fresh green onions
2 cup bean sprouts


Bring the broth to a boil, add the miso paste, stirring until dissolved. Add the udon noodles and cook until done, about ten minutes.

While the noodles are cooking, place the chicken thighs between two pieces of parchment paper. Using a meat pounder or a rubber hammer, pound the chicken thighs until flat.

Sprinkle both sides of the chicken thighs with the salt.

Heat a skillet with the coconut oil in it on medium high. Add the chicken thighs to skillet. Cook until lightly golden on both sides, about 3-5 minutes.

Cut one thigh to be sure there is no pink and that the meat is completely cooked.

Slice the thighs into thin strips.

Slice the green onions into one-inch strips.

Spoon the noodles and broth into large soup bowls. Top with the chicken strips, sliced green onions, and bean sprouts.


How about you, did you like ramen noodles growing up? What is your favourite quick soup to make?


4 Simple Ways to Get Motivated When You Don’t Feel Like Cleaning

4 Simple Ways to Get Motivated When You Don't Feel Like Cleaning-www.nourishingsimplicity.org

I  wish I could say that I love to clean…

I am not a fan of cleaning by nature, yet I really enjoy haveing a clean and organized home. I feel at peace, think more clearly, and am more productive when my house is clean.

Over the years I have learned what helps me get going when I don’t feel motivated to clean. What I like about these things is that they are all very simple to put into action, which is a must in my book.

4 Simple Ways to Get Motivated When You Don’t Feel Like Cleaning

1. Listen to Upbeat Music or a Podcast or Audio Book

When I need to get my cleaning game on when I don’t feel motivated putting on something to listen to is always a sure way to get me going. Upbeat, positive music is usually where I start. It’s easy for the whole family to enjoy. I’ve noticed that whatever task it is, I accomplish it more quickly when I have music playing.

Upbeat, positive music is usually where I start. It’s easy for the whole family to enjoy. I’ve noticed that whatever task it is, I accomplish it more quickly when I have music playing.

Another great option is to listen to an audio book or podcast. Saturdays, while I deep clean the bathroom is usually when I get to my favourite podcasts like The Art of Simple and Sorta Awesome.


3. Create a Reward to Look Forward to

If you go into a cleaning task knowing that a reward is waiting at the end, it’s easier to press on. It might be making a cup of tea to savor for a few minutes after cleaning the bathroom. Or maybe it’s a meal out after spending the whole day focused on a specific cleaning task.

It might be making a cup of tea to savor for a few minutes after cleaning the bathroom. Or maybe it’s a meal out after spending the whole day focused on a specific cleaning task. Make the reward fit the effort put forth. You don’t need to have a pizza night just because you cleaned the bathroom just like you don’t a cup of tea may not be

Make the reward fit the effort put forth. You don’t need to have a pizza night just because you cleaned the bathroom just like you don’t a cup of tea may not be motivation enough to press on when you are spending all day going through everyone’s closets.

4. Clean a Little Everyday

Moms this is a  life savor! Believe me. (Those of you who aren’t moms, this is important for you too.)

Dedicate a few minutes each morning and evening to tidying up the house. Durning my years in Mexico, it looked like everyone having an assigned task that took them about 10-15 minutes max in the morning, 5 minutes in the afternoon, and 5 minutes before bed. (So we tidied up three times a day…)

Our goal was to leave the house neat so we could enjoy our living space more. As an added bonus, when Saturday, our normal cleaning day came around, there was a lot less to do.

4. Use Fun Scents

I am all for creating my own cleaning products. I am a huge fan of baking soda, white vinegar, and essential oils.

Sometimes, though, you need want something that smells pretty, is easy to use, and still safe to use at home. Recently I have been using a peppermint scent from Mrs. Myer. Even though it’s still pumpkin season, the peppermint has been making my think of all things winter every time I wash my dishes.

That’s where Grove Collaborative comes in. They are a company dedicated to offering their costumers’ natural products like Mrs. Myers, Dr. Bronner’s, Earth Paste, and Seventh Generation for less. Unless it’s a grocery store, I rarely go shopping at a mortar and brick store.

I am a huge fan of buying most of the things I use in my home online because:

  1. I don’t have to get out in crowds.
  2. It’s easier.
  3. I can generally find better prices.

Products I Purchase from Grove Collaborative:

  • Dr. Bronner’s Catile Soap (I dilute it with water for foaming hand soap. I also use it as bath soap.)
  • Glass Spray Bottle
  • Seventh Generation Chlorine-free Pads (I love my cloth, but sometimes these are nice to have.)
  • Acure Organics Shampoo
  • Preserve Soft Toothbrush
  • Organic Jojoba Oil (I use it as my moisturizer.)


Right now Grove Collaborative has an awesome offer for you!

They have released their holiday scents, Peppermint and Orange Clove. They are sweet, spicy, and delightful!

To make those scents even more fun, new customers will get this FREE holiday kit with your first $20 order:

  • Mrs. Myer’s Holiday Hand Soap
  • Mrs. Myer’s Holiday Dish Soap
  • Mrs. Myer’s Holiday Mult-Surface Spray
  • Grove Collaborative Bubble Up
  • Free shipping & VIP trial

Existing customer’s get Grove Bubble Up for 50% off! 

When you sign up for Grove Collaborative using my link, you’ll get the Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday set for free + free shipping. If you’re already a customer, you’ll get 50% off of the brand new and amazing Grove Collaborative Bubble Up. Don’t forget to sign up for the free VIP trial, too. Not only is the free shipping amazing, you’ll get perks like free gifts, price matching, and personal customer service.

Grove only has a limited number of sets available and the offer ends November 21, so grab yours now! Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here . You’ll receive the Mrs. Meyer’s offer for free when you sign up! If you’re already a customer, you’ll receive the Grove Collaborative Bubble Up for 50% off.
  2. Answer 4 quick questions about your home that Grove Collaborative will then use to customize your first basket — this takes under 30 seconds!
  3. Once you’ve answered the questions, you can finalize your basket of products to suit your household needs by adding or removing items.
  4. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive in your first box.
  5. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.

Bonus tip: Once you’ve submitted your Grove order, be sure to sign up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, you’ll save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. I can’t recommend it enough!

I generally schedule an order for the products I will use every other month. I have a set basket that I tailored to fit my personal preferences. If I realize I don’t need something yet, I remove it for schedule it to come at a later date.

It is so flexible!


What motivates you to get cleaning?

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa


Warm spices mingling with rich cocoa, a touch of pumpkin mixed in, topped with maple whipped cream – it’s a whole new way to enjoy fall.

Every year as the cooler weather settles in the world gets a tiny bit extremely excited about pumpkin spice lattes and other fall drinks. I didn’t get the hype for several years until I made one myself, after that I was hooked.

This year as autumn made it’s appearance I decided that I needed a change – enter pumpkin spice hot cocoa! Chocolate and pumpkin are a surprising, yet delicious combination. That’s why recipes such as my pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are so tasty.

I am a huge fan of hot cocoa, and all forms of dark chocolate, if truth be told. I pretty much have a hot cocoa recipe to go with each season now that this tasty pumpkin spice version has been added to my list.

Learn how to make your own at The Nourishing Gourmet! 

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

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My Favourite Things- A World Where There are Octobers


October is a wonderful time of year, don’t you think?

As the leaves start to turn colors and drift to the ground my heart breaths a sigh of contentment. I agree with Anne Shirley, I am glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

Autumn is the Central Valley is not the quite picturesque a what you see in the Anne movies, or in calendars. We don’t have the vibrant colors everywhere you turn. Just last week we had temps that almost reached 100.

I have been harvesting tomatoes, zucchini, and pumpkins alongside each other for the past couple weeks.

Yet the cool mornings remind you that fall is trying to settle in. When I was walking with my mom a few days ago, I was delighted by the maple trees that have started to turn red. Little things like that remind me of what time of year it is.

Spring is my favourite time of year, but fall is a very close second. I like to find joy in every season. This morning I am blessed with early morning rain showers, yet another proof that fall is here to stay.

Favourite Reads

Fresh Days and Fresh Starts (For Practices for Fall) @ Mason Jar Values

The Need for Routine (If You Want to Eat Well) @ The Nourishing Gourmet

Fall Quinoa @ An Appetite for Joy

 Favourite Fall Inspired Recipes

Homemade Chilie Mocha

Easy DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

Soaked Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce with Bacon and Rosemary 

Are you glad that we live in a world where there are Octobers?