Foods for an Upset Stomach

By atomicpuppy68

 Next time you have a stomach ache, skip the drugstore and look in your cabinet for some of these foods for an upset stomach! Keep in mind you want to stick with liquids and foods that are easy to digest and bland. There are also important foods you want to avoid with an upset stomach. Everyone has different foods that work best for them, so try a few of these, and try some others, and see what works best for you! There is nothing wrong with combining some foods either!

Applesauce
They aren’t kidding when they say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apples in general are great detoxifiers and have wonderful antioxidant power. Having applesauce instead is a great way to get these benefits and please your stomach. Since it is a light, semi liquid food rich in nutrients, it is great for an upset stomach. Try sprinkling some cinnamon in a small cup of your applesauce. Not only will it ease your stomach, it will nourish your body with the vitamin power apples provide.

Bananas
Bananas are a great bland food that goes easy on the digestive system. They are also high in potassium, an electrolyte that can be lost due to vomiting and diarrhea.  

Chicken Broth
If you experience diarrhea or nausea try restoring your body’s natural balance with chicken broth. You can buy simple chicken bouillon cubes, or Swanson chicken broth, or make your own. Whatever you like best, stick with it, and enjoy it. This light nutritious soup will go easy on the digestive system and provide you with a warm comfort.

Ginger
ID-10045432This is a great remedy for the stomach. Try putting a piece of ginger in your mouth, and biting it. Swallow the juice you get from it, and this remedy will give you an easy, quick cure. You can try some ginger honey crystals here.
Prince of Peace Instant Ginger Honey Crystals, 30 ct Bags – 18 g Sachets, (Pack of 2)

Oatmeal

ID-100247485Oats are a great source of soluble and insoluble fiber. The soluble fiber reduces cholesterol, and insoluble fiber helps relieve constipation. Besides helping with your upset stomach, oatmeal has many other benefits like fighting cancer, weight loss, and lowering your blood sugar level. Sprinkle a little cinnamon, or put fruit in it, and you should be feeling a lot better, especially with a nutritious meal in your tummy!

Tea
Try drinking green tea with freshly squeezed lemon or honey. This will help relax your stomach. You can also try Chamomile, ginger, and peppermint tea. They are wonderful for an upset stomach because the herbs in each tea contain plant sterols, antioxidants, and other vitamins  and ingredients that work well with stomach problems. Make sure it is caffeine free, as it can add to your stomach problems. A great tea people have had success with is dandelion tea.

Be sure to read my other article about what NOT to eat when you have an upset stomach!   ~HealthyGirl

Spices Are Your New Best Friend

Spices

Some of you may have a whole cupboard full of spices. Others may have just the basics. Either way, many of us would like to use more spices, but are unsure, maybe even afraid of them. Hopefully you can learn a little more about a couple spices for your dishes besides the typical salt, pepper, and garlic. First, a few quick tips about the spices you might use:

  • ~Although ground spices are more convenient than whole spices, (such as onion powder vs. Minced onion), they become stale quicker
  • ~If stored properly, ground spices can last up to a year, while whole spices can last 3-5 years
  • ~ Unless a recipe calls for it, try not to use more than three spices per dish.
  • ~Avoid storing your dry spices by any humid source, such as a stove or coffee maker
  • ~Seasoning food is an art, not a science, so have fun experimenting!

 

 

Basil
Interesting Fact:
For the ancient Romans and Greeks, the herb was a symbol of lunacy. They believed that to successfully grow basil, one had to curse violently while sowing the seeds. 


Basil's clove-like aroma makes it an ideal complement to tomatoes. Cloves also  goes well with tomatoes. You can enhance salad and vegetables such as eggplant, zucchini, squash and spinach. It can also the flavor of vegetable and legume soups. It will bring out the best of the flavor if you add this spice within a half hour of cooking.

Basil also goes well with poultry when used in stuffing, or added to sauces or gravy. You can also spice up fish by brushing it wiht olive oil,  fresh ground black pepper, and wrap it in foil and a few basil leaves for a great barbique dish.

Chili Powder Chili powder

Interesting Fact: Mexican and other Latin American dishes use chili powder regularly for unique flavor in their cultural dishes.

The powder is made from dried chilies, and is usually blended with garlic, onion, cumin, oregano, chili peppers, allspice, garlic, and salt. The color and spiciness of this can vary. It has an earthy, slightly sweet, and sometimes hot flavor. This spice usually dominates food rather than enhancing it, so be careful when using it!

 

 

 

Cilantro

Interesting Fact: Cilantro is often called Chinese parsley.

Cilantro has a daring flavor taht is commonly described as a combination of parsley, sage, and citrus. Cilantro adds flavor to many Latin American and Asian dishes such as stews, fish, curries, vegetables,  tomato based sauces, and noodle dishes. Cilantro often goes well with white rice to make a simple dinner side.

Cinnamon Cinnamon

Interesting Fact: Cinnamon can actually help with weight loss. Sprinkle a little in your oatmeal or yogurt for a skinny fun flavor.

Cinnamon has a characteristic earthilke, sweet flavor that is warming to taste. It is available whole, as cinnamon sticks, and ground. It is used in spiced vegetable dishes, meats, stews, and curries. We mostly see it in sweet dishes such as breads, pies, and cookies.

Oregano

Interesting Fact: The name Oregano comes from two Greek words meaning "the joy of the mountain".

This spice is a member of the mint family, and one of the essential components in pizza. It is great for flavor to add to fish, meats and sauces. It also goes well with vegetables, roast beef, chicken and pork. Oregano can also be used in soups, stews, and even eggs. Go ahead a try it!

Paprika Paprika

This dazzling red powder is a decorative spice that contributes to color and sweet pepper flavor.  It is mostly found in a ground form. You will often see it as a garnish for light-colored foods such as fish, potatoes, eggs, and cheese dishes. It is also a common addition to many marinades and sauces. Unlike most spices, paprika should be kept in the refrigerator to retain its red color.

Let me know how your dishes turn out! Happy seasoning! ~Healthygirl

 

 

 

 

 

Smoothielicious Part 2!

I've looked at my recent traffic on this page, and I seem to be getting a lot of page views on my smoothie article, so I thought I would make another one. Please feel free to leave comments and tell me what you would like to see more of! This blog is for you my dear readers! So without further adoo, I have have more recipes for you!

536224781_60beaea2e6_mRaspberry Banana Smoothie

  • 1 large sliced ripe banana
  • 1 1/4 cups frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of ice 
  • 6 oz cup of strawberry banana yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed (optional)

     

     

     

     

    • For thicker, eat with a spoon, delicious smoothies, use frozen fruit

    • For those of you trying to lose weight or gain muscle, these fruit smoothies are great to put your supplements into!

    HoneySummer Hunny Fun

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup  strawberries
  • 1 cup  blueberries
  • 1 cup  cherries
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • splash of orange juice
  • 6oz cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of flaxseed (optional)

    *This will not all fit into a magic bullet blender, so the recipe will have to be cut in half if that is your blender of choice 

    Hope you enjoy these new recipes! Let me know what you think!