When you are feeling nauseated, gourmet eats are probably the last thing from your mind. But what if your snack choices could actually help make you feel better? Especially if your nausea is due to pregnancy, illness, or surgery, your body needs the nourishment of good, easy-to-keep-down fare.
Here are 10 recipes for summer that you’ll not only be able to stomach, but will thoroughly enjoy as well.
Many people find relief from nausea by nibbling on sour foods. This recipe pairs tart apple with tangy sharp cheddar. This carby classic is sure to satisfy, and by swapping traditional butter for cooking spray, you’ll cut down on the greasiness factor.
Bready foods may be the easiest things for your stomach to handle when you feel sick, but these muffins come with two of our favorite pantry-picks for nausea: real lemon and ginger.
This throw-together soup is ready in 5 minutes—and let’s be honest: who can stand more than 5 minutes in the kitchen when nausea hits? This soup is nutritious and satisfying, while light enough for summer.
4) Bagel and Cream Cheese
Okay, so this isn’t much of a recipe—but that’s the point. Even when you can barely lift yourself out of bed, you can probably still spread cream cheese on a bagel. So what if it won’t make anyone’s list of nutritional superfoods? It will give your body the energy it needs for recovery when nothing else can.
There’s nothing like saltines as soon as you wake up to ward of morning sickness, but store-bought varieties often include not-so-good-for-you additives like partially hydrogenated oils. This homemade version comes together with a mere 6 ingredients. Save some for eating with your ice box soup!
These dried fruit and nut bars are reminiscent of Lara Bars—sweet, chocolatey treats without any added sugar or artificial sweeteners. They boast 5 grams of protein per serving and have a smooth texture that goes down easily.
This delicious smoothie will fill you up and quench your thirst at the same time. Featuring tummy-calming ginger and electrolyte-balancing coconut water, this drink gives your body what it needs to withstand bouts of nausea and vomiting. One note for pregnant mamas: the recipe includes an optional add-in of bifidus powder. While probiotic powders such as this are widely touted as healthy ways to promote balance in your gut, speaking to your OB about nutritional supplements is always a good idea.
Guzzling liquids may make nausea worse, but nibbling one of these frozen ice pops will keep you hydrated without overwhelming your stomach. These pops are a tasty way to get your anti-nausea dose of both lemon and peppermint. Make a batch of these when you are feeling well so you can grab one from the freezer when you are not.
Mint, and ginger, and lemons? Oh my. These three potent nausea-fighters come together in a refreshing drink that would be the star of any summer barbeque.
When the drink cart comes rattling by on a bumpy flight, ordering a ginger ale seems like a smart move. But does that can actually have any real ginger in it? Vague ingredient descriptions like “natural and artificial flavors” can make it hard to tell. Instead, mix up a batch of this classic beverage at home, which is made with a whopping two cups of fresh ginger. Now if only they’d let you bring it through security...