When I was younger and I had a chest cold, I’d always ask for sick soup. That’s just what we called it. Now, back then it was Ramen noodles. HA. But since then my tastes have evolved, as well as my understanding of herbal health, so now, my “sick soup” is this comforting Chicken Noodle Soup. Totally soothing, and totally healthy. My recommendation? Make this in a big batch and freeze it for when you don’t feel well. It’ll be your ultimate go to when you’re under the weather!
ALL ABOUT THE HERBS:
You’ll see in the recipe, I’ve been pretty specific with the herbs you’ll put in. That’s because each of these herbs has antibiotic properties, as well as delicious flavor. For that added punch of GET WELL, make sure you use these herbs in your chicken soup recipe.
- Garlic– not only one of the strongest natural antibiotics, but it is also an expectorant, which means it can help with the explusion of mucus and the breakup of congestion.
- Rosemary– this herb is in the astringent family, which are natural cleansers and antibiotic in nature. Actually the steam with the rosemary in it is said to relieve breathing problems, so if you’ve got a cold, stick your head over the pot and breathe deep to help open up your lungs. (Interesting Fact: It is also said you can treat asthma symptoms with the smoke of rosemary.)
- Thyme– another strong astringent, but this one also adds a detoxing and immune boosting element that is essential in getting better, quicker.
- Oregano– comes packed with anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s great if you have clogged sinuses, or a chest cold. It is specifically useful with upper respiratory issues, but also is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and kills super strong germs like Staphylococcus aureus (resistant staph virus…which lots of CF’ers have growing in their lungs…eww!).
- Bay Leaves– Fresh leaves are very rich source of vitamin-C; provide 46.5 mg or 77.5% of RDA per 100 g. Vitamin-C (ascorbic acid) is one of the powerful natural anti-oxidant that helps remove harmful free radicals from the body. Ascorbic acid also has immune booster, wound healing and anti-viral effects.
THE ULTIMATE SUPPLEMENT FOR GETTING WELL FAST:
I can’t say enough about Colloidal Silver and what it’s done for me so many times. There has been times when my lungs began to hurt and it truly felt like pneumonia (if you have CF, you quickly learn when it’s a normal cough, a sick cough, or a lungs hurt to cough pneumonia issue). I knew it was serious just with how quick it came on and how it hurt to breathe. I took the Colloidal Silver as recommended on the bottle for immediate immune system support while sick. (I believe it was 20ppm strength, 5 droppers, 7 times a day) and it truly took 2 days for me to begin to feel well. Check out Colloidal Silver here, do some research, and see if it works for you.
Ingredients: (makes 4 servings)
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 carrots chopped
- 4 stalks celery chopped
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2 tbsp garlic minced
- 1 tbsp rosemary (reduce if dried)
- 1 tbsp thyme (reduce if dried)
- 1 tbsp oregano (reduce if dried)
- 2-3 dried bay leaves (do not eat, pull these out after cooking)
- 4 cups chicken stock, no salt added
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup of cooked Quinoa Noodles
- Sautee the olive oil, garlic, carrots, celery and onions in a large pot until fork tender.
- Add the chicken, diced and allow to brown on all sides.
- Once the chicken has a golden brown outside, pour in the chicken stock and the herbs and let this simmer for as little as 30 minutes, or as long as a few hours.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper. (can use crushed red pepper for a little kick!)
- Serve with Quinoa noodles, or no noodles at all!
The flavors develop the longer the soup simmers, but because you pre-cooked the veg and chicken, you can eat this right away for a quicker meal.
FOR THOSE IN THE ROCKIN’ BODY SOCIETY: One serving of this soup is a balanced 3 Unit meal! (3 Units of Protein, 3 Units of Carbs and 3 Units of Fat)
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