Heavy head, sore throat, chest hurts when inhaling, not to mention the ear that’s ringing and throbbing like a pencil has been pushed in too far. The doctor says no, its not strep; nope, not an ear infection, nor is it asthma. It’s only the wacky weather messing with the human body. Take it easy and increase the liquids, is the answer. Ever find yourself in this situation? Is it the switch of the seasons that always gets you? Just when the weather is so perfect and beautiful, Hashem decides you need to be inside with a sniffle and a throat ache. Here are a few solutions to make everything better and as good as new.
Always listen to the doctor when he says to take it easy (that means don’t decide to start training for a 15-mile bike ride that day).
Drink lots of hot fluids (tea really works wonders; you would be surprised, but its true. Especially if the tea has a bit of raw honey in it, it soothes the throat). Try to stay away from fruity teas, as the acid in the herbal teas can irritate your throat. Stick to honey, chai, chamomile, green, vanilla – anything with a warm and not citrusy taste.
Rest. Yes, take a book and curl up on your comfy couch and just chill! It’s important to give the body time to recuperate.
Take a hot, steaming shower to clear the lungs. Tip: before you go in, let the water run for a while on only hot so the room gets filled with steam, and then adjust to a comfortable temperature.
Eat hot chicken soup. I know it’s spring now, but if you’re sick you’re sick and chicken soup is the ultimate penicillin. If you’re looking for the ultimate chicken soup recipe you can find my recipe from a previous column on QueensJewishLink.com.
If you haven’t picked up on the clue yet, I’m kind of under the weather right now so I’m going to go now and do everything I just told you to do – because, after all, it’s the doctor’s orders!
And for all of you who aren’t suffering from the weather, here is the simplest cauliflower recipe ever.
When I’m in a pinch and I want to have a healthy side dish that takes three seconds to make, crispy truffle cauliflower it is! The best part is that I use Seasons’ pre-checked cauliflower!
This method literally makes the cauliflower taste like butter and can be polished off single-handedly! Trust me; been there, done that!
Crispy Truffle Cauliflower
- 1 head cauliflower, cut, checked, and washed
- Pink Himalayan salt
- Cooking spray
- Truffle oil
- Dried minced garlic
Preheat oven to 350°.
Spray a metal, good-quality baking sheet with cooking spray. Sprinkle with pink Himalayan salt. Place cauliflower flat side down on baking sheet. Then spray cauliflower generously with cooking spray. Drizzle some truffle oil evenly over the cauliflower. Sprinkle with salt and garlic.
Bake on 350° for 20 minutes, then switch the oven to broil for the last 7 minutes –until the cauliflower is nice and golden.
Bracha Serle works as a private chef specializing in healthy cooking such as gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, nut-free, and other dietary restrictions or allergies. She also does end-product marketing for kosher food companies and supermarkets, teaching consumers how to use new food products on a daily basis. Bracha gives clean-eating healthy cooking classes and demonstrations. You can check out her work on Instagram @shesthechef and can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.