Table Talk: Good and Good for You
We've all heard that chicken soup is good for the soul, especially the stock, which is a natural cold and flu remedy. There are also real health benefits from the herbs, lentils and slow-cooked vegetables and in the recipes below.
- Bay leaf: Get the benefits of vitamin A and C, calcium and iron without even eating the leaves.
- Lentils: One cup of this complex carbohydrate has 16 grams of fiber and 18 grams of protein (read: weight-loss friendly).
- Carrot: Of course the beta-carotene is great for skin, hair and eyes, but this soup staple also provides fiber, potassium and vitamin C, K, B1 and B2.
- Celery: Super amounts of vitamin C and K, plus vitamin B1, B2, magnesium, vitamin A, phosphorus and iron.
- Garlic: An immune booster, garlic helps prevent heart disease and reduces high blood pressure.
For an extra helping of nutrition, make your own stock. You will reap the benefit from extra helpings of vegetables and other herbs such as thyme and parsley without the extra sodium found in store-bought stock. Tip: Store in ice cube trays and freeze. Add small amounts to pasta & rice water or to make sauces without defrosting the entire batch of stock.