Chicken Stew and Other Meals Too: What to Cook When a Loved One is Sick
When a loved one comes home feeling under the weather, keep these recipes on hand to make them better in no time. Stick with these recipes to rehydrate, energize, and boost their nutrients in order to have them back to themselves. Whether they have a head cold, flu, or stomach bug, these comfort foods are the trick to a swift and steady recovery.
Try to stick with clear and broth-based soups for not only the warmth and comfort factor, but to provide hydration and nutrients from the stock. Soup is easy on a stomach ache and will soothe a sore throat. We've included a few of our favorite soups with an extra kick of spice to clear sinuses and head colds - just make sure to have a box of tissues on hand as well. Along with our broth-based soups, our carrot soup is extra comforting once your patient is ready for a more filling meal.
Besides water and ice chips, make sure to keep your sick one hydrated no matter what kind of cold or flu they are battling. These recipes provide extra nutrients and are made with flavors like turmeric, ginger, citrus, chile, and lemongrass that will not only aid stomach aches, but help release sinus pressure and soothe sore throats. The sparkling water and ginger ale also help calm a sour stomach - just tell your patient to sip on it slowly if it's carbonated. If sipping on something seems like too much for them, let them slowly enjoy a popsicle to stay hydrated.
The BRAT Diet:
Standing for bananas, rice, apples, and toast, the BRAT diet consists of ingredients that are easy to digest when someone is feeling sick and will make sure your loved one is not on an empty stomach - even if they insist they have no appetite. These recipes go beyond a sad piece of toast and plain rice to add extra nutrients, protein, and flavor to help anyone battling with their stomach feel better. If they have clear sinuses, try giving them some yogurt for extra probiotics, but skip this if they still have a stuffy nose and are sneezing.