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Single? Sick? What you should have in your pantry!

This past week, I participated in a great health fair at one of SF’s largest employers. It was fun, it was busy; it also took a lot of energy and A LOT OF TALKING. The tea mix I made helped me protect my voice throughout that day (it was already waning the night before) BUT by that night, I ended up losing my voice (I still can’t find it) and coming down with the bug that’s been going around. And my husband was out of town.

I couldn’t call out to order food (the places I prefer tend not to deliver anyway), I had no energy to cook or shop, but I had to help my body mend itself and banish this bug.

All this made me think of you single gals and guys out there that may not have friends or family around to tend to you when you need it most.

Well, thank goodies for my PANTRY!!!!!! I had made some of my own chicken stock last weekend, I had some greens still left from my Mariquita Farms mystery box (see related blog post), some fresh fruit, and of course, some dark chocolate for good cheer. But there’s more!

All of these items keep for a while, even the perishable items (if stored properly) – for at least several days – up to several weeks or more…

The Savvy Single’s Pantry List

Have these items stocked up, especially during flu season, to keep yourself well nourished with little to NO EFFORT when you’re feeling run down.

  1. Chicken stock (organic ready-made, or home-made and frozen)
  2. Hardy fruits that don’t spoil easily as long as you don’t wash them until just before eating and store them in the fridge – except for the bananas (e.g. apples, pears, red grapes, blueberries, oranges, tangerines, bananas)
  3. A nut butter, like almond butter
  4. Frozen toast – get in the freezer section
  5. Multi-grain cereal and/or muesli (Nature’s Path has some good choices)
  6. Quinoa flakes (sold in the hot cereal section)
  7. Plain, full-fat organic yoghurt (skip the milk – too mucous forming)
  8. Ground flax seeds
  9. Thai rice noodles
  10. Lemons
  11. Miso
  12. Avocado (keeps well in the fridge after ripening)
  13. 1 bunch of any kind of dark leafy greens (e.g. kale, spinach, arugula)
  14. White rice and/or brown rice (white rice is easier to digest when your body is busy being sick)
  15. High fiber, healthy crackers (e.g. Mary’s Gone Crackers brand)
  16. Frozen organic veggies (e.g. broccoli, peas, lima beans, corn)
  17. Hummus, ready-made organic
  18. Honey
  19. Tea (especially Ginger, Throat Coat type of pre-mixed teas, Lemon, or Tulsi tea to break a fever)
  20. Firm tofu, chicken, or meat pre-cut into strips and frozen
  21. Dark chocolate, to sweeten things up a bit
  22. And a personal favorite: Pretoasted Nori seaweed sheets

With these ingredients, here’s what you’ve got:

  • Foods that will sustain you when you may not have much of an appetite or ability to digest well since your body’s busy healing.
  • No-cook options or ready in 10 minutes or less.
  • Great soup options. Here are a few: (a) plain broth (b) broth + thai rice noodles (c) broth + greens + nori (d) any of these with added frozen veggies (e) any of these with added meat or chicken strips or tofu (straight from the freezer) (f) 3 cups broth + 1/2 cup white or brown rice for a savory, soothing rice porridge.
  • Lemon to flush you out and provide immune system support with vitamins, phytonutrients, and its alkalizing power. Try including some zest for added nutrients. Use in tea, soup, or warm lemon water all day long.
  • Tea plus honey to keep you warm and hydrated, to soothe your throat and respiratory system, and support your immune system.
  • A filling and comforting breakfast:
    • Cereal – use the yoghurt instead of the milk for the cereal: immune system and probiotic support (if taking antibiotics, eat yoghurt 2-3 hours before or after)
    • Frozen toast makes wonderful crunchy warm toast (go figure!) – top with almond butter and honey
    • Hot quinoa cereal – just add boiling water or a milk substitute such as rice, almond, or soy milk. Presto! No cooking.
    • Add a few pieces of fruit and/or honey to any of these.
  • Sautee your greens in 1 TBS olive oil or just a splash of water if your stomach can’t handle the oil. Takes less than 5 minutes and gives you your incredible edible greens to support your immune system. Sprinkle 1 TBS of ground flax seeds for some nuttiness plus the healthy fats you DO need to absorb those great nutrients from the greens.
  • Thai rice noodles + tofu / meat / chicken – great when you need a boost of energy. Add miso for 1-step seasoning and a healthy probiotic boost.
  • Avocado (a) cut in half, squeeze lemon juice, pinch of salt (b) spoon into pieces, tear up some nori, squeeze lemon juice – great with cucumbers too (c) add to #8 above
  • A spoonful of honey…
  • Hummus (a) with crackers (b) with greens (c) with avocado and /or cucumbers (d) alone
  • Ground flax seeds? They go with everything.

And an unofficial #13… hmmm… I just wondered what avocado + honey would taste like. Probably very good. Sprinkle with flax seeds and almond slivers and I bet you’ll have a new comfort food. I’m going to try this one, maybe tomorrow.

I hope you don’t need these tips but if you do, now you’re set to focus on getting well!

Do you have your personal favorites you like to keep on hand, just in case? Share them here… I’d love to hear from you!

March 1, 2009 at 3:57 AM 2 comments

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