Fatigue, loss of smell, a runny nose, chills… sounds familiar? I am sure it does. We all went through these symptoms when we were kids and to some of us, it’s still happening from time to time.
But why? There are many factors to consider, such as poor immune system, smoking, age ( young children) or exposure ( work, school, malls). But sometimes even when we stay away from cigarettes, crowds and consume foods that strengthen our immune system we still get it. Over-the-counter famous Advil becomes our friend ( or enemy) while our body is desperately trying to fight the infection. But what most of us don’t know is that Advil could be more of an enemy than a friend and it shouldn’t be our first choice. First of all, if we take it every time our body gets an infection ” our soldiers” ( the white cells) who are responsible for protecting us might get lazy or simply ” forget” how to fight. Second of all, research clearly states that in time it might affect our health; ” Research links this class of drugs, also known as NSAIDs, to an increase in stomach problems, ulcers, kidney failure, heart attacks, and stroke. According to experts, the truth about anti-inflammatory drugs is that when used properly, they are generally safe — but you should avoid them if you can.” ( find more about it, here).
So what should be our first choice? It might sound crazy to many of you but the answer is The famous ” Grandma’s chicken soup” also known as ” Mom’s chicken soup”. CNN talks about it in one of their posts called ” Does chicken soup really help fight a cold? ” – ” Researchers specifically studied the movement of neutrophils — a type of white blood cell — when combined with soup. They found that the movement of neutrophils was reduced in the presence of soup, suggesting a possible anti-inflammatory mechanism that could at least theoretically alleviate cold symptoms.” ( find more about it, here). I have read lots of opinions about this famous soup and found that some think it’s actually grandma’s loving and caring that heals. Some others think it’s because of its nutrients and others say it’s just a placebo effect. New York Times wrote about it too in 2007 in a post entitled ” The Science of Chicken Soup” ( read more about it, here). As you can see this soup is really popular.
That said, next time you find yourself under the wheater have a cup of this mysterious, salty, nurturing, warm chicken soup.
Prep time: 10 minutes;
Cook time: 25 minutes;
Total time: 35 minutes.
- 1 chicken breast cut into small cubes;
- 4-5 cups of chicken stock/broth;
- 1/3 cup of rice;
- 2 carrots peeled and cut into small cubes;
- 1 celery stalk thinly sliced;
- 1 medium onion minced;
- half a cup minced celery root;
- 2-3 tablespoons chopped parsley;
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter;
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil;
- salt, pepper;
Melt the butter in the vegetable oil. Add the chicken and cook it until slightly brown ( 5 minutes). Set aside.
Bring stock/broth to a boil; add chicken, carrots, celery, onions, the celery root, parsley, and rice. Season with salt and pepper. Let it simmer on low temperature for 20 minutes.
That’s it! Really! It’s the easiest healthiest most tasteful soup ever. I hope you enjoy it!