Chunky chicken leek soup with the goodness of fresh garlic, spinach & just a dash of coconut oil is an old fashioned remedy for fighting off a cold or the flu. In the old days when they did not rely on medicine as much, chicken soup was the doctor’s prescription for fighting flu and turns out grandma was right – it works. Research has found that chicken soup has anti-inflammatory activity, which may ease cold symptoms. One, by reducing the swelling in sore throats and nasal passages, and two by reducing mucus production, which can help ease coughs and stuffy noses. Adding leeks and fresh garlic further intensifies the anti- inflammatory qualities and promotes healing. My husband was experiencing flu like symptoms yesterday and I made a big batch of chicken leek soup. Chicken soup is a staple in our home and I have different versions of it. Sometimes we just have soup for dinner and I usually add a load of veggies to it to make it a more complete meal. This time I wanted the soup to be more healing and so I just added leeks, celery and spinach to it. It made it a green looking soup and it tasted great. Some pepper, cumin and salt and just a dash of coconut oil spiced it up perfectly. I added the garlic in the end to tap into the healing power of garlic. If your family can’t handle a raw form of garlic, add it while cooking the soup. After making homemade chicken soup I can never drink the canned stuff. Chicken leek soup is so easy to make, I think I sometimes have a harder time opening a can ! Anyway, soup was great so I am blogging it and hope you enjoy my version. PS: you don’t have to be sick to make this soup !
Chicken is a good source of lean protein and iron, both of which are needed to strengthen your immune system. Leeks are loaded with potassium, calcium and phosphorus, all needed for nerve function and strong bones. They are also a good source of iron and have potent antiviral properties similar to garlic! Spinach, often touted as a super food has a lot of vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin K. Coconut oil has immune boosting functions as well. Put all these together and you have a potent wholesome chicken leek soup that is warm comfort in a bowl !