It’s officially cold and flu season. How do I know? I’ve been suffering with a nasty, upper respiratory tract virus for over a week now.
I don’t believe in over-the-counter cold medications.
Number one, I can’t pronounce most of the ingredients in them; chemicals scare me. Number two, they only affect symptoms; many of which are our body’s natural way of eliminating foreign hosts (e.g., fever, fatigue, some types of secretions). And number three, I hate the overly-dried out feeling that most nasal decongestants produce; give me mucous any day.
I’d much rather medicate via food. A good old fashioned home made chicken, garlic and leek soup recipe for me.
Garlic, for it’s antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Leeks, for their vitamin C (immune system booster and natural antihistamine) and potassium (helps maintain electrolyte balance; particularly important when vomiting and diarrhea are present).
Chicken, for tryptophan (a sleep-inducing agent) and selenium (support immune system function).
Fitknitchick’s chicken, garlic and leek soup recipe
- 1-2 Tbsp EVOO
- 2 leeks, white parts only, cleaned and diced
- 1 head of garlic, ~ 12 cloves
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 500 g cooked and diced chicken breast
- 8 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock
- Heat olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat.
- Sautee leeks and garlic in oil until soft and translucent; about minutes
- Add stock, carrots and chicken to pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 min.
Serve with crusty bread for maximum enjoyment.
Say goodbye to your cold and flu symptoms***
Do you have a favourite recipe that makes you feel better when you’re under the weather?
Do you believe in the healing powers of home cooking?