Growing up, I always wondered why people said that chicken noodle soup would help you get over a cold. The Campbell’s or Progresso soup certainly tasted good and warmed you up on the inside, but I never actually felt better after eating it.
That was before I knew about real food.
Grandma didn’t have cans of Campbell’s soup laying around ready to be heated up on the stove (or dare I say microwave). Grandma made everything from scratch including the chicken broth.
When Cameron and I purged our pantry of processed foods, we threw out the bouillon too. We started making bone broth from scratch and it has been surprisingly easy. Plus homemade bone broth can help heal your gut, boost your immune system, reduce join pain and inflammation, as well as build healthy bones, hair, nails, and skin.
Grandma probably also used chickens she raised herself in the backyard where they get plenty of sunshine and bugs to eat. There were no poultry farms where the chickens were put into teeny cages, had their beaks trimmed, and fed GMOified grain and soy based crap.
Grandma (maybe great-grandma on this one) also probably used sourdough noodles or some sort of heirloom grain instead of the highly processed white pasta which doesn’t feel good for the gluten intolerant (which most of us are, on some level). We tried making sourdough noodles once and it was A LOT of work and they didn’t stay fresh for very long. We usually use einkorn noodles in our soup.
And finally, Grandma also used lots of nutritious and tasty herbs and spices to flavor her chicken noodle soup. Not chemicals and additives we find on labels today (and sometimes sneaking their way under the wording “natural flavoring”).
While that can of chicken noodle soup is tasty and convenient, you aren’t going to feel any better after you eat it.
If you want a chicken noodle soup that will make you feel better, then you should make it from scratch! Use homemade bone broth, pastured chicken (which we can’t afford that but wished we could!), spices and herbs, and healthy noodles.
All those fresh ingredients, especially the immune-boosting chicken broth, can help you kick a cold in a delicious way.
You’ll be feeling better in no time.