Spicy Chicken Rice Soup will not cure the common cold or flu, but it sure tastes good. Chicken soup as a cure is a myth. However, it does help with adding nutrients to help the body heal from the ills of cold and flu.

Spicy Chicken Rice Soup Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Ready In: 40 min

Servings: 6

Ingredients
4 cup fat-free Chicken Broth
2 cup cubed cooked Chicken Breast
2 large Celery Ribs, chopped
2 medium Carrots, chopped
1 medium Green Pepper, chopped
1 medium Onion, chopped
1/3 cup uncooked Long Grain Rice
¼ cup minced fresh Cilantro or Parsley
½ tsp dried Oregano
½ tsp Salt, optional
½ tsp fresh Ground Black Pepper
¼ tsp Ground Cumin
¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Directions
In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until rice and vegetables are tender.

Tips & Notes
Cold remedies are almost as common as the common cold, and many are nearly as ancient. The use of chicken soup as a congestion cure dates back centuries. But is longevity any guarantee that a cold remedy works? Do effective cold remedies even exist? Here’s a look at some common cold remedies and what’s known about them.
If you catch a cold, you can expect to be sick for one to two weeks. But that doesn’t mean you have to be miserable. These remedies may help:
Water and other fluids.
Water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey helps loosen congestion and prevents dehydration. Avoid alcohol, coffee and caffeinated sodas, which can make dehydration worse.
Salt water.
A saltwater gargle, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in an 8 ounce glass of warm water, can temporarily relieve a sore or scratchy throat.
Saline nasal drops and sprays.
Over-the-counter saline nasal drops and sprays combat stuffiness and congestion. In infants, experts recommend instilling several saline drops into one nostril, then gently suctioning that nostril with a bulb syringe. To do this, squeeze the bulb, gently place the syringe tip in the nostril about 1/4 to 1/2 inch (about 6 to 12 millimeters) and slowly release the bulb. Saline nasal sprays may be used in older children.
Unlike nasal decongestants, saline drops and sprays don’t lead to a rebound effect — a worsening of symptoms when the medication is discontinued — and most are safe and nonirritating, even for children.
Chicken soup.
Chicken soup might help relieve cold and flu symptoms in two ways. First, it acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the movement of neutrophils — immune system cells that participate in the body’s inflammatory response. Second, it temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus, possibly helping relieve congestion and limiting the amount of time viruses are in contact with the nose lining.
Over-the-counter cold and cough medications in older children and adults.
Nonprescription decongestants and pain relievers offer some symptom relief, but they won’t prevent a cold or shorten its duration, and most have some side effects. If used for more than a few days, they can actually make symptoms worse.
Experts agree that these medications are dangerous in children younger than age 2. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is evaluating the safety of over-the-counter cold and cough medications in older children.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories: 135
Total Fat: 3g
Cholesterol: 10mg
Sodium: 100mg
Total Carbohydrates: 17g
Dietary Fiber: 2g

Source: DiabetesCare.net

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