Blog entry by Heather Froeschl today.
Cold germs are already making the rounds in our office, so when Lindsey asked me to pinch hit for her today I immediately thought: Chicken Soup! It’s cooler out today anyway and with winter just around the corner I figured a take on the traditional home remedy might be in order.
I asked around the newsroom to see who actually followed this age old advice and found most of us do. Though we go at it in different ways. Some of us, like me, prefer to just pop open a can of ready made chicken soup, the favorites include: chicken flavored Ramen noodles, Campbell’s Homestyle, and Knorr’s chicken broth. I never feel up to cooking when I’m sick, so give me a convenient way to do it. I’ll never live up to my grandmother’s homemade chicken vegetable soup anyway. The woman used home grown veggies and freshly dressed birds! I’m just not that domestic, try as I might, especially when feeling less than good.
One co-worker let on that he visits his favorite Chinese restaurant and gets some won-ton soup to go. Good idea! One of our dedicated staff does make her own chicken soup though, using her mom’s recipe and only cheating a little by picking up a roasted bird from Kroger. I bow down to her!
It may be a folk tradition but science does admit there may be something to sipping hot soup, in particular, chicken. It is said to be an anti-inflammatory, which is something every cold sufferer can appreciate. The feelings of nurture elicited from a hearty bowl of chicken noodle or fragrant cup of broth are sure to soothe us almost as if dear Mom were near by to take care of us. It’s a pampering gesture to make for yourself.
Some other things to ingest upon feeling a cold coming on, or to take in as you are getting the needed bed rest: ginger tea, hot black tea with honey, hot black currant juice, hot lemonade with honey, and hot ginger drink (recipe to follow). The hotness might be the key& soothing and steamy but there are medicinal qualities to the other ingredients. Look here:
Here’s a nice page that offers other tips: eating.health.com/2008/01/30/cold-fighting-foods/
So does chicken soup really help? However you can take in more fluids and soothe yourself to sleep is sure to be beneficial. And it tastes mm, mm good too!
Recipe for Hot Ginger Drink:
1 or 2 teaspoons of honey and lemon juice
1 cup ginger ale
Heat in microwave and sip until gone (or you feel better).