Healing Chicken Soup (gf)(df)

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February has been a bitter cold month here in Virginia, and nothing warms you up like a piping hot bowl of soup. Chicken soup is a simple comfort food, so I decided to make my own version of chicken and rice with an extra healthy twist.

With winter I find my body gets aggravated. I feel run down easily and my daily activity level decreases with the season. I am no longer spending my free time outdoors walking the dog, gardening, running or soaking up the sun. With temperatures well below freezing I find myself napping, reading and watching Netflix in my downtime. Having an autoimmune disease makes the seasons effects even more apparent. When my vitamin D levels are low my gut feels the effect, which leads to psoriasis flare ups and zapped energy. Which is why it is so important for me to eat very clean this time of year. I reach for healing foods that are easy on my system over raw salads and crucifers. This recipe is packed with anti inflammatory foods that will aid in digestion and help you get through any autoimmune flare up you may be experiencing.

I made this soup in the crock pot but if you want to make in on the stove in a stock pot it will take under an hour!

Ingredients:

1.5 lbs. of boneless skinless chicken breast
2 quarts of bone broth (I used the store bought brand Pacific)
1 onion diced
1 crown of broccoli
5 carrots
5 celery stalks
1 bag of frozen peas (about 2 cups)
3 cloves of garlic crushed
1 thumb sized piece of ginger root grated
2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
1 tsp of turmeric
1 lemon juiced
1 cup of dry quinoa
Salt and pepper to taste

Throw all the ingredients in the crock pot and let cook for 5-6 hours on low. Remove the cooked chicken and shred before putting back into the pot to serve.

If you cannot find Bone broth in your grocery store you can always make your own or just use regular chicken stock.

P.S.-This recipe is even better the next day!

Super-Gut-Food Almond Butter

I have been dealing with Leaky Gut Syndrome for a while now, but my flare ups have become irregular and almost obsolete.  In fact, my gut has been fairly healthy in the past year and a half.  However, this past Monday I was completely blind sided by the side effects of this crap syndrome.  So for a few days I was consuming mostly liquids (coconut milk, kombucha, hot tea, and lots of water).  I eased my way to coconut milk yogurt, sauerkraut and mashed up bananas.  My stomach was inflamed and my energy level was insanely low due to a calorie deficit.

So now I am on a mission to repair my intestinal lining and get back to a healthy gut.  My diet for the next 2-4 weeks is going be restrictive, more or less Paleo with some extra rules.  I cannot eat soy, sugar, legumes, dairy, night shade vegetables, grains or anything processed by any means. Last night I had a dream I was eating Chinese food. I don’t even like Chinese food.  I have been Gluten Free for almost seven years and I remember in the first year I would have dreams I was eating sandwiches all the time.

It is not complete torment, I still get to eat most of the things I love.  I will be consuming lots of coconut products like coconut milk, coconut milk yogurt, coconut oil and coconut butter.  Fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi are great for gut health and I do love an excuse to splurge on kombucha.  I will be attempting my first bone broth this weekend which is supposedly deeeelish, I just hope I can find some chicken feet.  Another great food group for gut health is sprouted seeds (like flax seed, chia seed and hemp seeds).  Which brings me to my creation this morning.

Super Gut healthy Almond Butter

  • 2 tablespoons of Almond Butter ( I use Trader Joe’s Unsalted Crunchy)
  • 1 teaspoon of Chia Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of Ground Flax Seed
  • 1 teaspoon of Coconut Oil

Mix them all together and enjoy! I spread mine on apple slices for a mid morning snack.  This is a very filling spread so you might not need to eat the whole two tablespoons in one sitting, but it’s so good I cannot help but lick the bowl clean.