No one likes to go grocery shopping when they are sick. Here’s a list of 10 Sick Day Essentials to stock up on now!
It never fails, when Fall rolls around, it seems like as soon as the weather changes, everyone starts to get sick. And it’s no fun having to drag your coughing, sneezing, head-achy, tummy bugged self to the store to buy the must-have’s when you come down with a cold or flu. Now is the time to buy the self care groceries that you rely on when you are feeling under-the-weather.
Here’s a list of 10 Sick Day Essentials to Stock up on Now!
- Lemons– a squeeze of lemon in water helps your body detox and lemons provide a high dose of that much needed Vitamin C.
- Tea– different herbs work wonders in different ways. Lavender or Chamomile teas can help calm and relax you. Ginger tea settles an upset stomach. Peppermint tea provides cooling relief and can freshen your mouth.
- Soup or Chicken Broth– a soothing comfort food for when you are sick. Freeze chicken broth or vegetable broth soup ahead of time so you can defrost and eat when you aren’t feeling well. Here’s a great homemade potsticker soup recipe that is easy to make at home.
- Bread or Saltine Crackers– Buttered toast or crackers, or toast with a little cinnamon is an easy meal on the stomach when it’s upset.
- Bananas– a bland and basic fruit that is easy on an upset stomach.
- Honey– Manuka honey (Trader Joe’s carries one) is said to be a natural antibiotic. Any type of honey is great in tea and can help settle a sore throat.
- Oranges, Cuties or Orange juice– to get your Vitamin C to boost your immunity and help you fight off the virus or infection.
- Greens– spinach to add to soups, celery, carrots. Greens provide vitamins and minerals to give your immunity a boost.
- Noodles or Potstickers– packaged pasta or rice for easy meal prep
- Quick Prep Meals or Your Favorite Comfort Foods – BRAT diet (stands for Bananas, Rice Applesauce, and Toast). Simple foods that are easy and quick to make but that provide you with a little energy boost. Some of my favorites are scrambled eggs and oatmeal!
Foods to avoid when you are sick! Anything with high amounts of sugar or artificial flavors or sweeteners should be avoided. You may also want to eliminate gas producing foods such as beans, broccoli, onions and cabbage. Finally, caffeine dairy and alcohol can aggravate an already upset stomach.
What are some of your favorite sick day essentials?