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Second week into summer break and momma gets a stomach bug…


Yup. Really.

I haven’t had a stomach bug in ages, but I picked up something that week and it really knocked me off my feet!

It happens though, and it’s good to have a few ideas up your sleeve to help yourself back to normal.

Recovery Soup :: Nourishment For Flu, Food Poison, Colds, and Illness // deliciousobsessions.com

I am a huge believer in listening to the body. Obviously when there is a stomach virus in the mix, pretty much all food sounds awful. And it’s for good reason! Listening to the body and laying off the food to let your digestion settle and get rid of the bug is important.

Sipping on clear fluid like a homemade electrolyte drink will flush the system while replenishing lost minerals to keep organs functioning they way they are supposed to. Even just simple herbal popsicles can help with hydration and mineral balance during the acute portion of a virus.

And once your body starts feeling like it can handle some food again, we need to start slow. In my case I hadn’t eaten a bite of food in over 48 hours. That’s a pretty empty digestive system to be throwing just any food at!

Recovery Soup :: Nourishment For Recover After Flu, Food Poison, Colds, & Illness

Brothy soups with simple veggies is a great start, and I think that week I mastered a super quick one that can be made even if you are still feeling weak from being ill.

See, typically when I make a brothy soup for a recovering illness it is usually for one of my girls – me being on the healthy end! When you are feeling well it’s no big deal to stand at the stovetop and make just about anything.

But I was on the receiving end of the virus this time, and I just plain didn’t have the energy to stand at the stove all day to make something to eat.

Recovery Soup :: Nourishment For Recover After Flu, Food Poison, Colds, & Illness

This simple brothy veggie soup is the perfect “first food” to start your digestion back to processing food after being ill. Obviously bone broth is incredibly healing to gut lining (and if you know me, you already know about my love for bone broth!), and getting a few cooked veg in there that are simple on digestion will start things going. I sea salted my soup generously for added minerals to replenish what was lost, so my encouragement to you would be to sea salt your soup to your greatest desire!

One last note! Absolutely let the kids in on this one! If you think they will be funny about the pieces of veg in there just take a stick blender to the soup when it is done and puree it through until smooth. They can sip on it from a mug or with a straw. I ended up sharing this pot of soup with all 3 of my girls that day even though they weren’t sick. Very healing.
Recovery Soup :: Nourishment For Recover After Flu, Food Poison, Colds, & Illness
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Recipe type: Soup
  • 3-4 TB friendly fat to cook in (butter, coconut oil, tallow, lard, avocado oil)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 3-4 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 quart bone broth
  • Sea salt to taste
  • (Optional pinch of cayenne if you are feeling better and can handle peppers/heat - the warming hit to the soup is so good!)
  1. Cook the onion, carrot, and zucchini in the butter with a big pinch of sea salt over medium heat. The sea salt will bring out the veggie's juices and sweeten them. Let this go on medium for about 7-10 minutes stirring occasionally. If you are feeling weak, you can set a chair next to the stove while it cooks so you can stand up to occasionally stir.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for a minute.
  3. Add the bone broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for a few minutes, turn off the heat and sea salt to taste.

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