Yesterday I posted on how DS1 seemed like he might be coming down with something. I am still holding on to a dash of hope that it’s simply his allergies, but that’s looking less and less likely as we woke up this morning with a very phlegm-y cough. He still has a runny nose as well, so I’m hoping it’s just sinus drainage as the child (almost 5) doesn’t blow his nose. He just wipes it across his face with his arm. Ew.
The Food Remedy
Naturally, I got right on medicating and pumping the kid full of vitamins first thing this morning. I made him a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, hoping the heat would cut through the phlegm. I served him up a full cup of orange juice and insisted he finish every last drop or he wouldn’t get his sucker. Of course, he drank it, as I knew he would, which is a good thing because his sucker is how I pump him full of Vitamin C.
Yes, I give my kids (myself and anyone else who may be sick under my roof) lots and lots of oranges and orange juice. So while I gave DS1 both of these with his morning oatmeal, I also gave him a sucker made by Little Remedies. It’s all natural (although the “sugar” and “corn syrup” both make me cringe a bit), with no artificial dyes, colors, or sweeteners. They have zinc and the 50% recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C. Plus, he thinks he’s getting a treat. Score!
Mommy’s Wingin’ It Homemade Chicken Soup
In addition to constantly topping off his orange juice and filtered water blend as I insisted he sit on the couch and watch movies (such torture for a little boy who just wants to run around), I decided that, for lunch, we would have chicken soup.
When I was a kid, chicken soup came in a can from the grocery store. Someone else’s mom, Mrs. Campbell, I presume, made it at her house and put it in a can so that my mom could just plop it onto a pot and heat it up real quick. Don’t get me wrong, now. My mother took very good care of us when we were sick, and I owe her a lot for the knowledge I do have for treating sniffles and stomach bugs, but canned soup isn’t really high on my list of healthy food remedies.
When I recently had a visit from a friend, I managed to come down with a really nasty cold that had me feeling pretty miserable. This was in early April, only a month ago, which is also when both of my boys were getting over their colds. It’s insane that, only a month later, DS1 is getting sick….again.
While she was here, she made some pseudo-homemade chicken and tomato soup. Basically it was a dry tomato soup mix and she added a bunch of healthy stuff, including raw chicken that was boiled in. It was delicious, and I could feel the broth working on my sinuses. It was almost like divine intervention for congestion.
After she left, any time we start feeling sick or we’re getting over something, I’ve made some chicken soup from scratch. There’s no real recipe for it, just a bunch of crap (healthy crap, that is) thrown in a pot of boiling water. I don’t measure anything; I just make it up as I go, but it’s definitely satisfying and we can feel the spices and broth (and the all important healthy crap) working on the things that ail us.
My Pseudo-Recipe for Chicken Soup
Frozen chicken thighs – boneless and skinless
Fresh / Frozen Vegetables – change it up every-so-often
Noodles / Pasta – not necessary, but my kids like them. I use Quinoa Garden Pagodas because there is dehydrated veggies in it too
Water, and lots of it…preferably filtered
Onions – fresh, not frozen or dehydrated or whatever
Garlic – the real thing, please
Pepper – if you have freshly ground, that’s better
Garlic powder – strongest stuff I’ve got to keep it from getting bland
Sea salt, if you like, but don’t overdo it – let’s not trade the common cold for clogged arteries
Whatever other spices you’d like to throw in there
Bonus Hint: Don’t pour or shake the seasonings directly over the pot. The hot steam tends to cake up the holes of the shakers, making it difficult to get the seasonings out of the bottle. Pour it into a separate container and then dump it into the pot.
After they finish eating, dose them up with some cold medicine or benadryl (and fuck the non-drowsy formulas), and send them to bed for a nap. Again, bribe them with a sucker. You’ve given them two today. They don’t need another, but if they take a nap, they get a “treat”.
Go back to the kitchen, eat a bowl or two yourself, guzzle some orange juice and pop a Cold Ease, because you’re going to be sick in a few days yourself. Might as well get a jump start on it.
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