My best friend is stuck in the hospital (trauma ICU) for the next few weeks/months with some pretty serious injuries, and is really stressing over what she will eat. The hospital seems to be doing their best (ie. gluten-free) to make things sorta paleo friendly, but she's requesting that I pick up a bunch of food for her. They do have a small fridge available for patient use, but prep needs to be pretty minimal. Ie. no mega-salads or cooking. There is a kitchen that visiting family can use to prepare food, but that isn't going to be terribly practical for every meal. Can anyone think of convenient low/no prep superfoods that would be convenient to eat? I'm thinking maybe coconut milk smoothies or something? But worried about getting complete nutritional needs met with that. Or should I just get some grass-fed animal fat and try to find some palatable medium for it? Red meat or smoked salmon? Worried that red meat might be a bit hard to eat in her condition, and she does like things very slightly seared (rather than totally raw), which isn't particularly practical given the circumstances. Any suggestions?
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on June 18, 2011
at 11:58 AM
First of all best wishes to you friend.
Secondly ask the nurses for help menu planning. If you explain they can make suggestions based on her physical limitations and getting them involved can make the logistics and support stuff easier. I know you might worry they will not support you, but in my experience nurses really do want to take care of people. Explaining she is upset because of this and you want to be sure she eats enough and doesn't disturb her digestion on top of everything else will probably get you a good reception. You can add in that she is your friend and this way you are able to actually do something for her instead of being a helpless observer.
As to what to bring there are people who know better than I, but bone broth seems like aa really good choice if she can handle liquids.
You can serve cold grilled meat. Smoothies are good. Vegetable mashes.
on June 18, 2011
at 02:14 PM
Here're some suggestions:
- Boiled eggs
- Cooked bacon
- Bake some sweet potatoes, and mash them up with lots of grass-fed fat or tallow.
- Raw veggies and nut butters
- Cooked shrimps and scallops
- Bone broth soup
The eggs, bacon, nuts, shrimps, and scallops are very convenient because they can be eaten right out of the fridge, and are small enough that she can choose how many to eat depending on her level of hunger.
The sweet potato and fat mash-up is incredibly dense in calories. If she finds it bland, add a spice or two, such as cinnamon or nutmeg.
If she's craving some dessert, try putting berries, nuts, and coconut milk together in a bowl. So tasty.
Asparagus has a fantastic array of nutrients. Boil some for her and throw'em in the fridge at the hospital.
Cooked veggies should keep for at least 4 or 5 days in the fridge, so they won't need to be replenished frequently (unless the hospital has a low limit on how much food a patient can store in the fridge).
Good luck to her!
on June 18, 2011
at 01:48 PM
Bone broth is a very healing food and she should get as much as she can. DH has had several surgeries and I have brought him broth in a thermos to the hospital, plain at first and then with meat added when he is feeling better. I keep a supply of chicken and turkey broth in the freezer in wide-mouth pint glass jars, some with meat added, some plain. Submerge the frozen jar in a container of cool water for a few minutes and the cylinder of broth will slide out, ready to be heated and placed into the thermos.
Kefir or coconut milk smoothies with raw free-range egg yolk added would be nourishing also.