Sick Day Eats

In the past four days, I have only left the house to go to church, the grocery store, and the train station.

I wish I could say I’ve gone on some fun hometown excursions with friends, but alas, I have come down with something. I’ve had flu-like symptoms, but nothing too serious. Just enough to make me want nothing but sleep, soup, and bread. (I just looked back at a post at this exact time last year, and I was sick, haha.)

It’s weird that I don’t have a million things to do, people to see, and places to walk. Nevertheless, I am enjoying this change of pace. I think that’s why I’m sick. Thanks to human physiology, I now understand that my immune system is repressed in times of stress, so when I am no longer stressed, my immune system starts to fight whatever pathogen has been lurking in my body.

I proudly told that to Pop, and he was like, “I know that.”

WELL.

Cooking in the kitchen has also been making me happy. Today I’m sharing my day of eats from Monday. It’s been a mighty long time since I participated in What I Ate Wednesday (aka WIAW aka wheeee-awwww)!

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630 am: Hot honey lemon water

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After I dropped off Pop at the train station, I went to the grocery store to get some lemons. All my throat wanted was some hot honey lemon water, and boy was it soothing.

9 am: Green overnight oat smoothie

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Festive, yeah? The night before, I put into a blender:

  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. rolled oats
  • 1/3 c. plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 HUGE tbsp. peanut butter (so like, 2 tbsp. probably)
  • 2 tsp. chia seeds
  • cinnamon and nutmeg
  • pinch of salt

Stirred it together straight in the blender and put it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, I added another splash of milk, a frozen banana, and lots of spinach. Blend, pour into a bowl, top with granola, eat with a spoon.

1 pm: Avocado, cheddar, egg, mustard sandwich

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I went on a 20 minute run jog around the neighborhood before I decided that I was very done. I had worked out the night before, so I was sore and also achy from being sick. Thus, I came home and made this beautiful thing. I even got fancy and broiled the cheese on the toast. DREAMY.

I also ate some colorful pomegranate seeds and carrots with hummus.

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A package came in the mail during lunchtime that included no-bake balls from Arman, so I obviously had to try one. I think this was a cinnamon bun no-bake bite. Basically everything good all rolled into a convenient ball. Thank you so much, Arman!

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5 pm: Nuts

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Balls and nuts, good. (12 year-old boy.)

630 pm: Theraflu

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I appreciate that Theraflu makes tasty medicine.

730 pm: Split pea soup, leftover pesto chicken, peppers and hummus

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I made a big batch of slow cooker split pea soup during the day, and it totally hit the spot for dinner. Also, the thought of raw peppers kinda makes me queasy while I’m sick, but I ate them anyway.

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Split pea soup is my FAVORITE soup!

10 pm: More hot honey lemon water

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(I washed my mug between uses :)) I think I might even have hot honey lemon water even when I’m not sick. It’s so comforting yet refreshing from the zing of lemon. At the same time though, I might want to keep it as a sick day “treat”. Kind of like mom’s chicken noodle soup, ya know? Maybe. I dunno.

Two more days until Christmas!!! It’s 60 degrees outside right now. It’s like a Florida Christmas or something!

Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday! Go broil some cheese toast.

So tell me:

What do you like to eat or drink when you’re sick?

What is your favorite kind of soup?

What is the best thing you’ve eaten this week? It’s a tie between that sandwich and the split pea soup!

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23 thoughts on “Sick Day Eats

  1. I find that my appetite kind of crashes when I’m sick, which is inconvenient since I know my body needs some fuel to fight off whatever has me down. I typically favor carbs, juicy fruits and veggies like cucumbers and clementines, and soup.

    My favorite soups are chicken noodle and chicken tortilla. That said, I also love French onion (honestly, mostly for the layer of cheese on top 😉).

  2. You definitely got in very nutritious eats! 🙂 And I was so excited to see that you were able to do a post today. I’ll be praying that you feel better really soon! Hot Honey lemon water is perfect for sickness. When I’m sick I sometimes have less of an appetite or more. Usually hot foods sounds really good!

  3. Man, you’ve flung a craving on me now for an avocado/egg sandwich! That might end up being my lunch…

    I don’t tend to be that big a soup person, though right now I’m craving this puréed bean and cheese soup I used to make fairly regularly. Recently, it’s seems like every time I make it, it doesn’t turn out how I remember, but maybe that’s just my fond memories getting the better of reality. Funny, actually, that soup is something I often crave while sick. Sometimes homemade chicken broth which I drink like tea. Also, I sometimes crave Corn Chex, because that was something we used to have when we were little and getting over a stomach bug, so I guess my body just seems to think it goes with any sort of sickness. 😆

    You ask such hard questions! The best thing I’ve eaten this week…well, breakfast is still on my mind and that was pretty awesome. I made Amanda’s cinnamon bun breakfast bake and had it with Arman’s caramel sauce. So yummy! Tied with probably this snack mix we made from my childhood (like I said, fond memories make everything taste better!). Peanuts, Nutter Butters, pretzels, banana chips, graham cracker pieces, MnM’s, Famous Amos…haha, it’s basically a dessert snack mix, so just up a kid’s alley! 😜

  4. O man girl I’m in the same boat. I had awful headache/sinus infection/cold/funk going on yesterday where it hurt to open my eyes. Fun stuff. But I popped in some au natural Zicam 😉😉😉 and thank God I feel a wee better!
    Love love split pea soup and lentil too!! So good slacked up with a hunk of bread!
    Speaking of bread, when I’m sick that’s all I want. That and extra noodly chicken soup. #lowcarbfolifeyo lol
    Praying you feel better ASAP!
    Love you always Alison

  5. I hope you start feeling better soon, being sick is the worst 😦 When, I’m sick I just love taking naps and watching movies and it’s definitely better for me to eat dense things. That smoothie bowl sounds great and I’m going to give it a try 😉

  6. Aw, no, not you, too. I caught some kind of bug from my mum and have been fighting a cold since Friday night. I hope you’ll feel better by Christmas day at latest!
    Oatmeal is one of those foods I’ll always crave because it’s warm, comforting and, well, carbs. That and a million mugs of tea.

  7. Hope you are feeling better Alison! I totally saw that sandwich on Instagram- still drooling over it. Also I am incredibly jealous that Arman has taken you under his wing as a recipe tester. If he is taking applications, please let me know ;).

  8. Hope you’re feeling better by now, lady! And Merry Christmas 🙂 My favourite sick day eats really depend on what kind of sick I’m feeling. If it’s something with my stomach, then I just want dry carbs like toast, cereal, pretzels, crackers, white rice, etc. But if it’s something with my throat, then I’m all about the ice creams and fruits 😉

  9. Playing catch up now. Hi ninja.

    I swear it’s a phenomenon- People get sick AFTER college- It’s totally the hardcore studying and stress relief. Hope you’re on the mend now. Well, you better be. Those were cinnamon potions of magic.

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