I'm not quite sure where the saying "feed a cold, starve a fever" came from, and I honestly have never seen any studies to back it up (if you've seen otherwise, please let me know!), but all I know is that I don't know how anyone actually can feed a toddler with a cold.
Last night I decided to be organized, and I actually did some cooking for the week. I figured I would be prepared for the meals ahead, and truthfully, I was hoping to have some good recipes for the blog! Well, this morning I had an inkling that things would not go as planned. Henry woke up all congested, and his little cry even sounded hoarse - I felt awful having to leave him at home when I went to work!
My main goal when Henry is sick is to keep him as happy as possible, and feed him whatever I can. When he's sick, all of my usual "rules" fly out the window, and I will frequently try to give him foods that I know he likes (within reason - I'm not pulling out the cookies). So, when I left my nanny with chicken-salad roll-ups for Henry for lunch, I also told her that if he didn't eat them, she could try the cheese, corn, or noodles that were in the fridge. Unfortunately, Henry not only did not try the chicken salad, but he also didn't eat anything else. I tried the same thing at dinner, and again he barely ate anything. For the whole day, I think he ate a couple of teaspoons of oatmeal, a handful of craisins, and 1/2 a slice of cheese. Luckily he still drank all his milk and some water, so he stayed hydrated. Now I'm just hoping he gets a good night's sleep and feels better tomorrow!
For anyone that wants the chicken salad recipe, here it is. My husband loved it, so maybe Henry will like what's left tomorrow...
1.5 cups shredded chicken (I used what was left from my chicken soup)
2 tablespoons diced mango
1/4 of a small avocado, diced
1 tablespoon dried cranberries
1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped small
1 tablespoon light mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon minced onion
dash of paprika
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
For Henry I had taken half a whole-wheat wrap, filled it lengthwise with chicken salad, rolled it up, and then cut into small rolls - maybe it will work for someone else :)
Happy and (mostly) healthy eating!