Saturday, March 05, 2005

Chicken Soup for the....Cold!

Chicken soup has always been a great remedy for helping the body overcome a cold or flu. Research has shown that the broth from the chicken, combined with the vegetables, helps the body produce antibodies to fight germs. In addition, hot soup soothes the nasal passages and warms the belly, helping you to feel better as you are eating it. Take a big stock put, put in a whole chicken. Next start chopping vegetables. I'll use whatever is in the bin, usually peppers, mushrooms, onions, carrots, lots of garlic, celery, yellow squash and even thin sliced eggplant. Once all the vegetables are in, fill the pot up with water and season to taste. A little salt, more garlic, oregano, parsley, black pepper and any other seasonings you like are a good choice. Turn the heat on and bring to a slow boil, turn the heat back a little and let her cook. I like to cook the soup for an hour or so, grab the whole chicken with tongs and lift it out of the pot. Once the chicken is out, I pick the meat off the bone, rinsing with cold water. Then I put all the meat back into the pot, letting it continue to cook until all the vegetables and meat are really, really tender. If you want to add brown rice or potatoes during the last hour you can. I prefer mine without. Eat as much as you can and I am sure your body will fight the cold a lot faster.

Naturally, along with your spinal adjustment!!!