COLD BUSTER WEEK: When life gives you ORANGES…

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I don’t know about you but I know for myself that when I am sick all I crave is ORANGE JUICE and fruit. Luckily, the week before we were sick we just went orange picking at a family friend’s house. Now if you live in our city you know for sure that we are all about oranges. We are known for our oranges in the country apart from Florida. I love it! It is ridiculously cheap to buy oranges in our city because we have a ton of orange groves. My favorite part is the smell of the blossoms on the orange trees. It is the most fragrant smell ever!

But back to the story hubby and I went orange picking and so we had bags and bags of oranges. They were so yummy so I couldn’t resist to make orange juice! It was perfect timing because we got sick and we had OJ in hand! Fresh squeezed that is! So if you get a chance to, you out to get your vitamin C in with some freshly squeezed OJ!

Thanks for stopping by for my quick COLD BUSTER post! See the others here (Teriyaki Chicken Udon Soup) and here (Sleep Tight:Even with a Cold).

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COLD BUSTER WEEK: How To Sleep Tight Even With a Cold

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So sorry I wasn’t able to post yesterday, but as promised here are my tips on how to get a good nights rest even with a cold. I don’t know about you but I have been guilty in the past of guzzling down some NyQuil just in order to get some sort of rest while I was sick. I will tell you that what I am about to share with you gives you a more restful and satisfying rest, and yes, even while having a cold.

1. The regiment starts with a nice warm shower or bath. While I am sick I love to take that nice warm shower and I scrub my body with the loofa and some body wash. I like to scrub harder than usual to really just get my pores opened and feeling fresh.

2. I warm up some hot water and make myself a cup of my Trader Joe’s Ginger Peach White Tea. Then I like to add 1tbs. of honey. This step really just soothes my throat, especially with a sore throat. I choose some sort of ginger tea as ginger has some healing properties. Sometimes I steep 2 bags of teas; one ginger and one peppermint (for that extra soothing feeling). Chamomile works well too as it helps relax you.

3. This step is my BFF! This substitutes for my use of NyQuil and Vicks. I rub this Eucalyptus Spearmint oil that I got from Bath & Body Works. I rub it on my chest, my back, my neck (and if I’m lucky get in a free back rub from the hubby). I also put some on my wrist and on my temples on my head. Then I even really try my best to inhale the scent of the oil through my nose as best as I can (this is where the oil on the wrist becomes handy). I am asthmatic and this step has really alleviated me from using my nebulizer (breathing treatment). You will start to feel your chest and lungs tingle a little but it is the best soothing tingling feeling (especially when you are sick). Eucalyptus relaxes you as the Spearmint soothes your chest and lungs.

4. If you have a humidifier, turn that puppy on!

5. Lastly, when I have a cold I prop myself up a little higher than usual with pillows as I sleep. I find that this allows me to be able to breathe better and keep the mucous from getting stuck in my throat.

This is what helps me sleep and rest so nicely when I am sick. I don’t want to knock people who use NyQuil or Vicks, but recently I have found myself wanting to try more natural ways to remedy a common cold. And from time to time yes NyQuil and Vicks are necessary but if I can avoid it I try to as much as I can. Since adapting this regiment I have found myself more rested, and not groggy at all. Give it a try the next time you are sick and let me know! Sleep tight!

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Cold Buster Week: Teriyaki Chicken Udon Soup

The past two weeks either hubby or I have been sick so that is what inspired me with this week’s theme!Cold Buster Week
Last week since Hubby was sick and I was beginning to feel under the weather, so I decided to make this impromptu recipe.

Teriyaki Chicken Udon

I will apologize in advance for not having pictures. Again like I said it was impromptu, but since it was hubby approved I thought I’d share. First and foremost this was one of the fastest meals ever. Super quick, simple, and easy… you can’t beat that.

Ingredients
4-5 cups of water
4 Chicken tenderloins
2 Packages of Udon noodles
1 1/2 cups of Mr.Yoshida Marinade (or teriyaki marinade of your choice)
4 tbs. of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or 2-3 tbs. of soy sauce or soy sauce substitute)
1tbs. of Bouilon (or 1 canĀ  of Chicken or Beef Broth)
2 Hard Boiled Eggs
Green Onion

1. I marinated my chicken in the teriyaki sauce and start boiling eggs in a small pot.
2. Once my chicken was marinated for about an hour I pan fried it in the pot I was going to make the soup in. I pan fried it in a little of bit of cooking spray until it was brown. (I pan fried in high heat both sides in a stainless steel pot for about 2 minutes then cover – this ensured moist chicken tenderloins).
3. Once chicken is done, I remove it from the pot and let it rest on a plate (this is an important step to let the juices get absorbed in the chicken).
4. There will be left over residue from the chicken, this is what will give your broth some good flavor! I then poured my water into a pot and brought it to a boil, then added in my Bouilon. I also add the remainder of my teriyaki marinade into the pot along with my Bragg’s Liquid Amino. Also add in 1/2 cup of chopped green onion.
5. Once your broth has been boiled and brought to a simmer, add in your udon noodles and cover pot. Let cook for about 5 minutes (if frozen), if not frozen about 3 minutes or until tender.
6. As my udon is cooking I start slicing my chicken, and egg.
7. Once udon noodles are cooked, serve in a bowl and top with chicken and egg, then garnish with some left over green onion.
(You can totally add veggies to this soup like carrots, bok choy, or whatever you prefer I just didn’t have any in my fridge at the time.)

Here is a photo of the Bragg’s Liquid Amino that I use.liquid aminos Some of you may wonder why I use this… I use it in place of soy sauce as an alternative. I noticed that the sodium intake of using soy sauce is significantly high. I switched to liquid aminos and I personally love the flavor. As you can imagine since it is an alternative it is lighter and the taste isn’t as over powering, which is perfect for us. Now do I still use soy sauce? Yes, I have to in some Filipino dishes but if I can avoid using it in other dishes I substitute for liquid aminos.

Hope you enjoy this quick and simple one pot Chicken Teriyaki Udon Soup! Hope it helps you fight off that sicky bug! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on my secret on how to sleep tight even with a cold!

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