Recent reports claim that chicken soup is truly good for the sick soul.
So next time you're feeling sick, try this recipe from Dr. Stephen Rennard, Chief of Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center:
1.5 lb chicken
3 large onions
1 large sweet potato
12 large carrots
6 celery stalks
1 bunch parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Clean chicken, put in a large pot of cold water. Bring to a boil. Add onions, sweet potato, parsnips, turnips and carrots. Boil for 1.5 hours. Skim fat off as develops. Add parsley, celery and cook an additional 45 minutes. Remove the chicken, put vegetables in a food processor, chop until very fine and add back into broth. Serve.
So why is it good for a cold or the flu?
Chicken broth will help to unclog a clogged nose and will also work to keep you from coughing and help thin out a head "thick' with congestion.
Vegetables are full of vitamins and antioxidants.
Chicken contains amino acids which work to loosen mucus.
Fit's Tip: If you're like me and not the cooking type when you're feeling a bit under the weather, make it now and freeze it so when you are sick all you have to do is dethaw.