Is everyone sick yet with all the changes of weather? Here in the DC area it is freezing one day and hot the next, I sure wish nature would make her mind up. I always make my family some homemade chicken soup and ginger tea when sick. And they really do work well for us. Here are some great recipes for you all and some great information at the bottom about what foods are great for fighting that cold.
We still have a lot to learn about the healing powers of food. But this much we know:
Chicken soup does help clear nasal clog. Ginger seems to settle stomachs. Dark greens such as spinach are loaded with vitamins A and C. And salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have an anti-inflammatory effect. Quite simply, a well-nourished immune system is better able to ward off infections.
1 chicken, cut into 8-10 pieces (remove skin, leave bone in)
8 cups of chicken broth
3 large cloves of garlic, chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 carrots, peeled, thinly sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
1 cup uncooked long grain rice
1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh thyme
1. Pat chicken parts dry, season pieces with salt and pepper. Brown chicken parts in stockpot with 1 teaspoon of oil over medium-high heat for 6-8 minutes, turning once.
2. Add chicken broth to the pot, bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover partially and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes.
3. Using tongs, transfer chicken to large bowl. Cool chicken and broth slightly. Discard bones from chicken. Shred chicken and reserve. Discard chicken fat from atop soup. Return broth to simmer. Add onion, carrots, celery, and thyme. Simmer until vegetables soften, 8 minutes.
4. Stir in rice, parsley, and reserved chicken. Simmer until rice is tender, about 15 minutes.
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh ginger
6 cups water
2 tablespoons honey or brown sugar
6 black tea bags or 6 teaspoons loose black tea (or more to taste)
Lemon wedges for garnish if desired
1. In a 4-quart saucepan, simmer ginger and water for 20 minutes. Place tea bags/loose tea into water and allow sitting for 5 minutes. Add honey or sugar and strain tea through a sieve if using loose.
7 healing foods to fight colds and flu
1. Chicken soup:
it’s been called nature’s penicillin and is at the top of the list for its curative powers. Hot chicken soup helps clear clogged airways, and the nourishing broth will give you more energy. Add plenty of vegetables, including onion and garlic, for extra healing power.
2. Hot and spicy food:
some people swear by garlic, horseradish, chilies or spicy sauces to help ease congestion. Cook Indian or other ethnic foods that contain these ingredients, or simply add a spicy sauce to foods for extra zip.
This fragrant bulb contains a flavoring agent called alliin which acts as a decongestant. Garlic is also believed to act as an antioxidant and destroy free-radicals, the active oxygen molecules that damage cells, so add garlic liberally to your favorite foods.
stay hydrated with plenty of liquids. Instead of coffee, fizzy or sweetened drinks have plenty of water and pure fruit juices. Hot beverages work better for some people, so consider chamomile or peppermint herbal tea, or sip on hot water with a slice of lemon.
5. Citrus fruits:
reach for citrus fruits to increase your vitamin C intake. Drink orange juice for breakfast, snack on half a grapefruit, or add tangerine slices to a lunchtime salad. Getting an increased amount of vitamin C is especially important if you smoke, as smoking increases both your risk of catching a cold and your body’s need for this protective vitamin.
6. Vitamin C sources:
Citrus fruits aren’t the only foods high in vitamin C. Potatoes, green peppers, strawberries and pineapple can help as your daily cold-fighting food arsenal.
Many people find fresh ginger root helps treat the coughing and fever that often accompany colds and flu. Try making a ginger tea: Pour a cup of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger and let it steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
7 healing foods adapted from iVillage