Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sick Day Essentials

If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that yesterday I was feeling less than my best. With the help of Airborne, Advil, and juice, I made it through both of my classes last night which enabled me to get information on my finals next week. However, this also meant that I was feeling pretty crappy as I dumped myself in bed.

This morning I woke up and knew there was no way I would be able to drag myself into work. The energy just wasn't there. And, despite feeling okay, my voice would have led anyone to believe that I was recovering from a tonsillectomy. I had raspy, scratchy man voice. Instead, I worked from home today which I was grateful for and am feeling at 75 - 80% which is a drastic improvement from the morning.

Here are a few of my go-to comforts when I'm feeling sick. Some are food related and others are more for taking care of my overall health.

- Odwalla Citrus-C Juice. Whether it's a mental effect or it actually helps, I only drink juice when I'm sick.

- The comforts of my couch and sweatpants

- The View

- Mugs of tea and water. Today I drank 2 Brita pitchers plus tea, juice, and coffee!

- Good clean foods. Today alone I have eaten a pear, salad, almost half a batch of soup, and baked beans, amongst other things. Is it possible to OD on veggies?!

- A good comforting soup. Today I was craving broccoli soup (broccoli has lots of Vitamin C) so I threw together this quick and easy soup for lunch (and snack, ahem...)

Creamy Broccoli Soup
  • 2 chopped carrots
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3/4c frozen peas
  • 1c frozen chopped spinach
  • 4c frozen broccoli florets
  • 1/4c uncooked brown rice (I used short grain)
  • 4c vegetable broth
Chop your onion and carrots and add them to a non-stick sprayed pot.  Cook over medium-low heat for about 8 minutes or until onion has begun to soften. Add in the rest of your veggies, broth, and rice, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover your pot, and let simmer for 15 - 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove lid and allow soup to cool for a few minutes. Transfer to blender and blend until smooth.

This recipe made 6 servings (1 cup servings) that clock in at 100 calories, .3g fat, 4.72g fiber. I had ~2 servings for lunch and another one at dinner. My body wanted the warm comforts of soup! I added hot sauce and a couple of crushed tortilla chips to it for crunch which was delicious!

What are your sick day essentials? What do you crave when you're sick? Soup, veggies, carbs?


  1. My sick comforts: chick flicks, Annies mac and cheese and sprite. I only drink soda(sprite) when sick. I do however dvr and watch The View every single day haha. Feel better girlie!

  2. Hope you feel better tomorrow!
    Also, dont know if you saw my tweet, but if you have time next week/this weekend I would love to meet up and talk Philly with you! Its kind of my favorite topic. :)

  3. Hope you are feeling better! My sick day essentials: sweatpants, crappy TV, gallons of water and soup.