The holidays are here, and it’s a wonderful time of sharing and spending time with your loved ones.
But there’s a bad side to this sharing too…
Because you’re not just passing around hot cups of cocoa… you’re also passing around GERMS.
I’m talking about stomach bugs, the flu, and colds.
As the freezing weather rolls in and we all stay cooped up inside, especially up here in the northeast, there’s a chance you’ll be dealing with at least one of these.
But if you do get knocked down by a superbug, here are some foods to turn to that will not only be easy on your stomach but get you back on your feet.
You probably know it best as the flavoring in ginger ale, a go-to when you’re sick.
But this well-known spicy flavor that’s used in everything from gingerbread to Asian cooking has also been proven time and again to soothe nausea.
Next time you’re feeling under the weather, try making a homemade tea. Peel and cut thin slices of the root and add boiling water. If the flavor is too spicy, add a little honey to sweeten it.
You’ve probably seen a TV show or movie with a dramatic scene where a sick character is being spoon-fed broth.
Well for once, you CAN trust your TV—broth is one of the best things when you’re weak from a cold or stomach bug!
Whether you choose chicken, beef, or veggie, broth is chock full of the nutrients your body needs when you’re sick.
Be aware of the salt content in some broths, however, and make sure you hydrate with plenty of water as well.
Believe it or not, cold foods are one of the easiest things to digest when you’re feeling under the weather.
Try some crackers and cheese or a peanut butter sandwich. The simple carbs are easy on your stomach, and they’re fine as a temporary fix until you’re well enough to eat something healthier.
These types of food are frequently recommended to pregnant women who suffer from morning sickness, but they can be just as beneficial to you.
Protein is what ushers nutrients throughout your body, so it’s vital when you’re sick.
Both oven-roasted turkey and peanut butter toast are great sources of protein.
Probably the easiest food to reach for when you’re sick, dry foods are a great—and cheap—solution. They’re simple, and best of all, they don’t have a smell, which can really be a trigger when you’re nauseous.
Try a handful of pretzels or some saltines to feed your hunger while soothing your stomach.
And if none of the above work for you, you can always try the B.R.A.T. diet.
The most-recommended diet for sick patients, it’s simple and easy to remember: bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast.
All of these foods are bland and can provide you with a few nutrients to get you through.
So if you feel a bug coming on, make sure to stock up on these foods. Soon you’ll be feeling like yourself and bidding the queasiness goodbye!