Chicken Soup for the Soul & a Cold

Chicken Soup for the Soul & a Cold

It’s time that I share my family’s chicken soup recipe, which I learned from my mom (aka. Mama J) – and she learned from my Nonna (a.k.a. Ma).

Back in my Little Jen days, Mama J would whip up a batch of her magic soup when I had Little Jen sniffles. She took good care of me – and still does even though I’m all grown up.

AND now Big Jen makes this magic chicken soup for Mama J when she’s not feeling well. Ahhhhh, the circle of life.

So, if you’re craving a warm bowl of chicken soup or you’re looking for a great natural remedy during cold and flu season, I definitely recommend giving this recipe a try. It’s gluten, grain and dairy free.

P.S. I made a couple of modifications to the original recipe, which brings out extra flavour in the soup. Technically, you don’t have to sear the chicken and slightly cook the veggies before adding water, but the extra steps are well worth it 😉

Homemade Chicken Soup

INGREDIENTS: (serves 4+)
2 large bone-in chicken breasts (free-range, pastured)
6 carrots, finely chopped
6 celery sticks, finely chopped
1 large yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp. avocado oil
2 tsp. sea salt
Filtered water

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Heat oil in a large pot and sear chicken breasts, 2-minutes per side. Set breasts aside.

2. Add onions and garlic into pot, stir and saute until fragrant.

3. Add carrots and celery and mix together with onions.

4. Add chicken breasts back into pot and fill pot to the top with water.

5. Add salt and bring to a boil. Let boil for a couple of minutes then reduce to a simmer and cover.

6. Let cook for at least 1-hour. The longer you cook the more flavour you’ll get.

7. Remove chicken from pot, place on a plate and shred.

8. If you want pureed chicken soup, add soup (minus the chicken) to a blender and blend until smooth. Add shredded chicken in after blending.

9. If you want a chunky chicken soup, leave as is and just add shredded chicken to the soup.

 

Lemon Ginger Tea (Immune Support, Antibacterial, Antiviral)

Lemon Ginger Tea (Immune Support, Antibacterial, Antiviral)

This potent Lemon Ginger Tea is an effective recipe to help prevent and treat the cold or flu. So, if you find yourself surrounded by sick people or maybe you’re trying to treat a cold or flu that hit you hard and fast, this recipe is for you.

DID YOU KNOW? Ginger has broad-spectrum antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-parasitic properties, making it the perfect natural remedy to help prevent and treat certain conditions.

Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional and alternative medicine. It’s been used to aid digestion, reduce nausea, and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few of its purposes.

The unique fragrance and flavor of ginger come from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger. It’s responsible for much of ginger’s medicinal properties.

I recommend consuming 2-6 cups of this tea daily for prevention and/or treatment of the cold or flu.

Additionally, this tea is excellent before or after meals to help reduce symptoms of gas, bloating, acid-reflux or digestive discomfort.

What you need for lemon ginger tea

Fresh ginger root
Filtered water
Lemons
Honey

Grated ginger

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Lemon Ginger Tea

Lemon Ginger Tea

This potent Lemon Ginger Tea is an effective recipe to help prevent and treat the cold or flu. So, if you find yourself surrounded by sick people or maybe you're trying to treat a cold or flu that hit you hard and fast, this recipe is for you. 
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: AIP, Keto, Paleo
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb fresh ginger root
  • 1.5 litres filtered water
  • 3 lemons
  • Honey, optional

Instructions
 

  • Bring pot of water to a boil.
  • Peel and finely grate ginger. Add to boiling water.
  • Let boil for 5 minutes then bring to a simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Strain ginger tea into a mason jar using a fine mesh sifter. Let cool then store in the fridge.

For a cup of hot lemon ginger tea

  • Heat 3/4 cup of ginger tea in a pot, pour into mug and squeeze in 1/2 a lemon. Add 1 tsp honey if desired.
Keyword antibacterial, antiviral, ginger, immune support, lemon, tea

 

Cranberry Orange Immunity Boost (AIP, Paleo, Plant-Based)

Cranberry Orange Immunity Boost (AIP, Paleo, Plant-Based)

Is your immune system in need of a boost? This Cranberry Orange Immunity Boost is the perfect drink to support a strong immune system during cold and flu season (and all year round). Loaded with whole food forms of vitamin C, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, PLUS antibacterial & antiviral properties.

Most people turn straight to vitamin C after they’ve caught a cold. That’s because it helps build up your immune system. Vitamin C, which is found in oranges, is thought to increase the production of white blood cells, which are key to fighting infections.

Cranberries are another source of vitamin C, plus vitamins K, A and strong antioxidants. These all work to boost the immune system, working against cardiovascular disease and inflammation.

Additionally, ginger is another great ingredient that may help decrease inflammation, which can help reduce a sore throat and inflammatory illnesses.

Check out what one of my followers had to say about this immune system booster:

“Thank you for this recipe Jennifer. It was my go to drink during chemotherapy. When my white blood cell count was low and the docs told me I may not be able to do chemo, I started to drink this and boom – my WBC count went up and I was able to do the next round of chemo. I never missed a round of chemo with this drink. Thank you for this.” – Carla

What you need for Cranberry Orange Immunity Boost

Orange
Cranberries
Fresh ginger
Raw honey
Raw coconut oil
Water
Whole Body Collagen (optional)

Orange Cranberries Ginger

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Cranberry Orange Immunity Boost

Cranberry Orange Immunity Boost

Is your immune system in need of a boost? This Cranberry Orange Immunity Boost is the perfect drink to support a strong immune system during cold and flu season (and all year round). Loaded with whole food forms of vitamin C, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, plus antibacterial & antiviral properties.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: AIP, Paleo, Plant-Based
Servings: 1 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1/4 cup frozen cranberries
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp raw coconut oil
  • 1/2 - 1 cup water
  • 1-2 scoops Whole Body Collagen, optional*

Instructions
 

  • Blend all ingredients using a high-powered blender.
  • Consume 3-4 times a week to support a strong immune system throughout the year.

Notes

*BOOST your smoothie with anti-aging and immune supporting collagen! Just add 1-2 scoops of Whole Body Collagen
Keyword coconut oil, cranberries, honey, immune support, orange, smoothie