Nutrition: Broth is Best

Stay warm and healthy this winter!

By Eric Chen, WAC Nutritionist and Wellness Coach

That seasonal chill has arrived, bringing extra layers, runny noses, and holiday decorations—which can only mean one thing—winter is here! Winter brings a usual drop in temperature that is unfortunately accompanied by an annual flu virus outbreak. Because of the lack of sunlight during the winter, many of us in the Pacific Northwest are vitamin D deficient, resulting in weakened immune systems and an increased susceptibility to sickness. This year, we recommend filling up with a hearty chicken and vegetable soup. Check out all the reasons why broth could help you thrive this winter!

  1. Chicken stock can bolster your immune system: Mom wasn’t lying when she said chicken soup makes you feel better. Chicken broth has anti-inflammatory effects and helps reduce symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections.
  2. Hydrate: When the sun isn’t out, many people forget to drink water. Symptoms such as dry skin, chapped lips, and a dry cough are signs of dehydration. Adding broth to your dinner routine will warm you up and help increase your fluid intake.
  3. Eat your vegetables in broth: Some people argue that cooking vegetables leads to a loss of nutrients. But, when you cook veggies in a broth all the water-soluble vitamins are transferred to your cooking fluid, making the broth warm, delicious, and a nutritious way to get extra vitamins.
  4. Save time: If you don’t have the time or patience to make a chicken and vegetable broth from scratch, pick up an organic low-sodium chicken broth as a base and add your favorite herbs and vegetables to the mix!

One of my favorite takes on a chicken broth meal comes from Chef Charles Phan of San Francisco’s Slanted Door. Get the recipe here or check out this video. Whether you try this recipe or have a family favorite, do yourself a favor and fuel with chicken broth. Happy holidays and have a healthy new year!

Posted December 8, 2016

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