For the last month I have been dodging the bug that hit my workplace and my family but last night it decided that it had found a new home in poor, little ol’ me. I had plans to redecorate our new bedroom and start piecing together my wedding bouquet shadow box (projects to watch for in the near future!) – instead, I crashed on the couch and started making my way through a bag of Ricola herb drops.
Today, rather than re-expose my incredibly generous (cough-cough!) coworkers to this awesome virus, I opted to work from the comfort of my couch. At lunch time I Googled “how to get over a virus” and found pretty much what I expected – fluids, rest, and time. Some sources did mention that Vitamin C, while it can’t cure a viral cold, has been found in some cases to reduce the duration of symptoms. Other studies found positive results in people who ate chicken noodle soup! While other studies have refuted these findings, I could go for some hope right now – as well as some warm noodley soup.
A quick trip to the grocery store in my sweatpants and I was ready to get started!
30 Minute Chicken Noodle Soup
This recipe was a combination of a few that I found online and my own preferences. It took me 30 minutes from start to finish! And it was de-li-cious!
What You’ll Need…
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 lb of chopped cooked chicken breast
1-1/2 cup uncooked egg noodles
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
~1 tbsp dried basil
~1 tbsp dried oregano
How To Do It…
- Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add vegetables and sauté until tender (about 5 minutes).
- Add chicken broth, chicken, uncooked noodles, basil, and oregano – stir and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, turn heat down to low and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
It was THAT EASY! 30 minutes – tops. With the way I’m feeling, I wouldn’t have been able to handle much more.
Vitamin C Rich Smoothie
I chose to smoothify my fruits rather than to juice them because I can use all of the nutrients and fiber that I can get in my current state. I tossed all of my fruits into a blender, switched it on, and then enjoyed every last drop…
1 orange = 82.7mg of Vit C
1/2 mango = 61.2mg of Vit C
5 frozen strawberries = 22mg of Vit C
1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries = 1.2mg Vit C (plus loads of antioxidants!)
Total Vitamin C: 167.1mg
Now all that’s left is to drink lots of water and rest up! What are some of your secrets to beat a cold? Help a girl out!