Oh, no. All of your friends are hangin' at the beach and you're stuck in the house with a nasty cold. That's just how you wanted to spend your summer vacation, right? Wrong! Being sick is no fun, and while it can put a real damper on your warm weather plans, you don't want the pity party to go on longer than it needs to. Give your body the nutrients and rest it needs to get better with these simple tips to bounce back. From a vitamin-packed green juice to soothing bath bombs, here are 10 steps to take on the road to recovery. You'll be lounging on the sand in your favorite bikini in no time.
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Start With a Green Juice You'll Actually Enjoy
Give your immune system the extra boost it needs with a tall glass of green juice. But don't worry, there's no need to pinch your nose and chug it down, because it's actually really good! Balance out the flavors of the healthy vegetables with the sweetness of different fruits for a blend so tasty you'll crave it on the daily.
Make a Quick Breakfast That'll Be Ready When You Are
When you're feeling under the weather, the last thing you want to do is think about what to make for breakfast. Put together this easy chia cardamom oatmeal the night before and stick it in the fridge while you get some beauty sleep. When you wake up, just top it with a handful of fresh berries and slivered almonds. Dig in!
Get Rid of Those Pesky Germs With Reusable Cleaning Wipes
Give your counters a good wipe down to knock out any residual germs that may be lingering around. These reusable cleaning wipes are made from all-natural ingredients, so you don't have to worry about the extra chemicals that are usually found in store-bought versions. After you use one, just toss it in the laundry and put it back in the airtight container.
Make a Serving Tray So You Can Eat in Bed, Without Making a Mess
When you're bogged down by a cold, you likely don't want to leave your room — but eating in bed can get messy real fast. Make a simple tray from a scrap piece of marble tile and two drawer pulls for when you need to Tylenol and chill. Top the tray with soup, crackers and lots of liquids while you hangout in bed.
Warm Up With Slow-Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup
Fill your belly with a big bowl of chicken and rice soup without sacrificing hours over a hot stove. This soup is comfort food at it's finest, and since it comes together in your slow cooker, it also couldn't be any easier. The only thing you need to prep are the vegetables, and then you can put all of the other ingredients straight into the slow cooker. It'll be ready to eat by dinnertime.
Add a Side of Roasted Broccoli for an Extra Boost of Vitamins
Enjoy your bowl of soup with a side of roasted broccoli and give your immune system the nutrients it needs to kick that cold once and for good. Covered in garlic, lemon and olive oil, this broccoli is crunchy, caramelized and totally delicious — you'll want it again and again after this cold subsides.
Treat Yourself to a Warm Bath
Submerge your achy body in a nice, soothing bath and drop in one of these fizzy bath bombs to make it feel extra luxurious. Made without citric acid, these bombs use cream of tartar and baking soda to give you bubbly results without the harsh effects on your skin. Add in your favorite essential oils and dried flowers to instantly transport yourself from "blah" to a five-star spa.
Wrap Yourself in a Lush Moroccan Wedding Blanket
When you're done soaking in the bath, climb back in bed with this plush Moroccan wedding blanket and turn on a movie. Made from a plain blanket you already own, fringe and sequin trim, your version will be way more affordable than an authentic one, but will still look (and feel) great.
Slip Your Feet in a Pair of Cozy Slippers
A cozy pair of slippers, which are made from an old sweater, are must-haves for shuffling around the house when you're sick — even when it's warm outside. Keep your feet nice and warm as you stay in your PJs, and then store these slippers away for when the temps cool down.
Don't Forget to Stay Hydrated With Delicious Infused Water
Making sure you stay hydrated is one of the most important steps to finally evicting that stubborn cold from your system. Instead of downing plain water or those sugary sports drinks, make a big batch of infused water that you'll want to sip on all day. Combine fresh ginger root and lemon juice for a beverage that'll replenish your system and get you back on track.