Seven days of tummy bug: Ginger tea and super food pancakes


superfoodpancakes The last week the girls and I have come down with the most horrible tummy bug/virus. It’s been going around here in Costa Rica and a lot of people have caught it. The first couple of days we were really sick with high fevers, but now we are just left with a residual nausea and bad stomach :-(. A week is a long time to not be able to surf, workout or even barely leave the house so we have been trying loads of different things to see what we can do to get ourselves feeling better and improve our energy levels. If anyone else is feeling like we are, these are some of the solutions we have come up with that help to stop the cramps and help build up our immune systems again to fight away the last of the virus. Fingers crossed by the end of the week we will be back to normal and surfing again!

It’s been hard for us to eat any fussy food; even our staple rice, beans and eggs hasn’t been an option in the last week. We’ve had to stay away from all meats and fish, dairy, anything cooked in a lot of oil, and even pasta hasn’t been a good idea. It seems that simple, dry carbohydrates have been the easiest to keep down so we began by snacking on plain brown bread with a bit of honey. It gets kind of boring, but at least it’s something that our body hasn’t been rejecting immediately as soon as we eat it and therefore we’ve been able to maintain a little bit of energy. A couple of days ago we branched out and made pancakes. Surprisingly, our bodies seemed to welcome that idea, and we have now been adding immune system boosting and protein components to each pancake meal we make, thus creating the Super Food Pancake :-)

So what did we use?

Standard pancake ingredients (no “from the packet” pancake mix): eggs, flour, salt, bicarbonate soda, creme of tartar, water instead of milk. Tip: To make the pancakes lighter, beat the egg whites until they’re fluffy and fold them into the mix at at the end.

Toppings: Chia seeds, hemp hearts, flaxseed, almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts, Q10, honey, bananas.

Chia seeds are an ancient aztec superfood. They are naturally rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids, dietary fibre, antioxidants, protein and amino acids. They are an easy way to support your digestive health and satisfy your appetite without having to eat anything too fussy for the stomach to digest.

Hemp hearts, nature’s power food, are the queens of energy. In 2oz of hemp hearts there is 20g of protein (higher than meat), 87% of the fat is omega fats (higher than fish), and they are also packed vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Sick or not sick, I think I am going to have these stocked up in my fridge and in my smoothies every morning from now on!

Flax, almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts and co-enzyme Q10 mix. Eating ground seeds and nuts provide an immediate energy source and aid quick and easy absorption into the body, which is exactly what we need in our poorly state :-(. Packed with omega 3, dietary fibre, iron, magnesium, vitamin B1 and selenium, this is the perfect final topping to our Super Pancake to fill us with energy and support our immune system.

I have to give a big thank you to our friend Cindy for sharing her super foods with us. She recently flew in from the States loaded with all of these goodies which can be hard to get hold of down here, so thank you :-)

As well as the pancakes, we have also been constantly brewing fresh homemade honey ginger tea. Since ancient times ginger has been used in many different cultures to help settle upset stomachs. It’s been used to relieve nausea, help the digestive process, reduce dizziness and eases the pain of muscle aches. I feel like this has been our saviour more than anything else in the last 24 hours, so I can highly recommend it.

One more day and we will be better, back in the water, and back in the game. We’ve got this girls! 😉


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