My 4 Go-To Cold Remedies

It happens every year when the weather starts changing, but I feel like this year I’ve been more “sick” than usual. Pregnancy is weird, and although I’m at the tail wind of it it’s still happening! I guess our immune systems just suck when we’re pregnant, so I have to just let it take its course and take care of it so it goes away and I can function again. This is how I do it:

1. BREAKFAST:

Creamy Oatmeal

WHAT

  • 1/3-1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 2 tablespoons of green yogurt
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of peanut or almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • Cinnamon to taste

Toppings

  • Chopped pecans
  • 1/2 banana
  • Raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon of peanut or almond butter

HOW

  1. Blend all ingredients together and heat it up in microwave or on stovetop until creamy. 
  2. If using the microwave, do it in 1 minute increments as to avoid overflowing. Once ready, top off with toppings of choice. 
  3. These are nutritious and so soothing to the throat and filling as well! 

TIP: You can also mix the ingredients and leave in the fridge overnight. In the morning, eat as is, or heat up in microwave. So good!

2. ALL DAY:

My beautiful MacKenzie-Childs Tea Kettle and tea cup


Honey Lemon Tea – Make a preserve!

WHAT

  • 3-4 lemons, sliced
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Lemon (depending on size of jar)
  • An air tight container (Size of your choice)

HOW

  1. Add lemon slices to jar and then honey until filled up to the top. The measures above are approximations depending on the size of the jar you’re using. May preserve in refrigerator for months! Anytime you need it, add a couple of slices of lemon and honey mixture to hot water and enjoy, it’s like a concentrate.
  2. Feel free to add fresh lemons and more honey to sweeten to taste.

3. LUNCH and/or DINNER:

Chicken Lemon Orzo Soup

This one is a personal favorite. Has made me better faster numerous times!

WHAT

Main Ingredients

  • 8 oz Pulled or Shredded chicken (or 2, 4 oz chicken breasts)
  • 4-5 Large Carrots, chopped
  • 2 Celery Sticks, chopped
  • 1 Cup Orzo
  • 1 Lemon, (1/2 juiced, half sliced and halved)
  • 4-6 Cups chicken broth

OPTIONAL:

  • 1/2 Onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp Olive Oil

HOW

  1. Sautee garlic and onions with olive oil for 1-2 minutes on high heat until fragrant and translucent.
  2. Pan sear and brown chicken breast (if using).
  3. Add carrots and sautee gently, followed by chicken broth.
  4. Add celery and Orzo lastly with the 1/2 lemon juice and simmer for as short as 30 minutes or as long as 3 hours on low heat.
  5. Don’t forget to season with salt and pepper to taste, especially since your taste buds should be funky right now.
  6.  Garnish with lemon slices, which you can add directly into the soup as well, otherwise you can squeeze the other lemon half directly into soup as you are getting ready to serve. I will give it just the right amount of “tart-ness” it needs to kick that cold away with a splash of vitamin.

View the video below to see exactly how it’s done!

4. AT LEAST TWICE A DAY: 

EAT THE PULP! (In your mother’s voice!)

Citrus Juice (may double recipe)

WHAT

  • 2 oranges
  • 1 grapefruit

HOW

  1. Juice away! Don’t forget to eat the pulp! It’s good for you!

And this is what I do to heal from a bad cold, plus rest and a TON of water. It works! I hope you try it. If you have any remedies yourself, please share in the comments below!

Xo, Ana

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