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Cold busting chicken soup - I made this when my husband was sick and he was back to work the next day! Welcome to cold and flu season. This time of year is ripe for sniffles, fevers, coughs and more. My husband got hit the other day, and I am DETERMINED not to get sick. No, I didn’t ban him from the house or banish him to the couch (maybe I should have) but I did whip up a batch of this amazing chicken soup. I was a little surprised at how good it turned out, since I just threw in ingredients I already had around, but I wasn’t surprised that he was back to work the next day, and I haven’t gotten sick yet. Thank goodness, because I can’t imagine what being pregnant AND sick feels like.

While I can’t guarantee any recipe will cure a cold or flu, I did throw in some of my favorite therapeutic remedies that boost the immune system: garlic, thyme, home-made chicken stock, and just a smidge of red pepper to clear the sinuses. Don’t worry, my husband hates spicy stuff, and he didn’t even notice the small kick, I personally loved it.

Not only is this soup good for the sickie in your house, it’s a great immune booster for anyone else in the house that isn’t sick as well. In fact, there is scientific research to show that chicken soup can lower inflammation and boost immune health. Cool, huh?!

Cold-busting Chicken Soup

Cold-busting Chicken Soup

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 chicken breast or thigh
  • 3 medium russet potatoes, cubed
  • 3 stocks of celery, chopped
  • 2 whole carrots, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic whole and peeled.
  • 2 tsp ground thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Bring chicken and stock to a boil in a medium sized pot.
  • Add in vegetables: potato, celery, and carrots, and turn heat to medium. Boil for 15 minutes.
  • Add in spices, cover, and allow to cook at medium heat for 45minutes or until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender.
  • Shred chicken and return to soup.
  • Remove garlic cloves and bay leaves and serve.
http://youtrition.net/chicken-soup/

Ok, now it’s your turn. What’s you favorite home remedy for the sniffles? My first little one is on the way, and I’d love to learn what other moms out there have figured out!

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Ashley Palmer
Ashley is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition. Ashley loves her son, her husband, and lifting heavy things then putting them back down repeatedly. She is a nutrition, fitness and weight loss coach and blogs at www.youtrition.net.

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