On some days, there’s nothing like a home-cooked bowl of chicken noodle soup to calm your senses and warm your body. Most people nowadays settle for canned soup, although this may reduce the amount of time spent for cooking and preparing, the consequences may be riskier than you think.
Canned soups are often loaded with potentially harmful artificial ingredients and additives. Plus, the cans themselves are lined with chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) that can wreck your body’s endocrine system.
Don’t settle for less than what your body deserves. If you want to enjoy a tasty bowl of chicken noodle soup, why not try this Satisfying Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe from Paleohacks? You’ll only need your trusty crock pot to cook all of the fresh and healthy ingredients.
Satisfying Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
Preparation Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 5 minutes
- 2 organic, pasture raised chicken breasts
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 3 full size organic carrots, sliced
- 2 organic celery stalks, sliced
- 1 organic yellow onion, diced
- 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley
- 2 organic zucchini
- ½ tsp. dried thyme
- 64 oz. chicken brothSalt and pepper to taste
Serving Size: 3-4
- Cut ends of zucchini; place zucchini through the spiralizer to create zucchini noodles.
- Drizzle crock pot with coconut oil.
- Place chicken at the bottom of the pot, and then top with carrots, celery, zucchini noodles, thyme, chicken broth, salt and pepper.
- Cook on high for 4 hours.
- Chicken should now be easy to cut. Serve the noodle soup in bowls. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
Soothe Your Senses With This Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
Each household probably has its own chicken noodle soup recipes, but the results are the same: good taste and comfort all in one bowl. This Satisfying Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe, however, is a notch above the rest since a few sips can already deliver long-term health benefits for your body. It also makes use of fresh zucchini “noodles,” which are a wonderful alternative to the usual pasta noodles.
Make the Switch to Pasture Raised Chicken Now
Most meats found in stores today come from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), where the animals are given an artificial diet of grains, growth hormones and additives. They are also prohibited from roaming freely outdoors on pasture where they could access their natural diet. Instead, they are raised in cramped spaces, paving the way for harmful bacteria to spread.
The next time you need chicken, purchase free-range chicken at your grocery store or from a local farmer near you. “Pasture raised chicken” refers to hens that have roamed freely outdoors on pasture and ate a natural diet of seeds, plants, insects and worms. You can guarantee that the meat is not only fresh and healthy, but devoid of any artificial components too.
There’s More to Carrots Than Their Eye-Catching Color
Carrots are actually a popular ingredient in soups, and it’s easy to see why. They possess a bright orange color that can make a dish visually appealing, and they taste slightly sweet when boiled or steamed.
Carrots also provide important health benefits for your body. One serving of carrots (that’s one medium carrot or ½ cup of chopped carrots) contains 210 percent of the average daily amount that’s recommended for vitamin A, 10 percent vitamin K, 6 percent vitamin C and 2 percent calcium.
Carrots also have antioxidants like carotenoids, hydroxycinnamic acids and anthocyanins that are vital in combatting free radical-induced cell damage. You can also expect potent anti-inflammatory capabilities from these vegetables.
Plus, a carotenoid present in these vegetables called beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A that can help restore vision1 and prevent cell damage and premature aging. Meanwhile, consuming carrots was also shown to help lower a person’s risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) and cancer, as well as enhance cognitive function,2 improve memory and lower cholesterol levels.3
Go the Extra Mile and Prepare Homemade Chicken Broth
Although the star ingredient of this recipe is the free-range chicken, there is an unsung hero that you should keep a close eye on: homemade chicken broth. After all, good soup begins with an equally flavorful broth.
It always pays to go down the homemade route and make your own broth using chicken bones that you may have not used. Apart from being able to know and control the ingredients that you will be adding, such as various spices or seasonings, these are some of the benefits that you can get from homemade chicken broth:
|Helping heal and seal your gut
||Promoting healthy digestion
|Preventing infections caused by cold, flu and other viruses
||Lessening joint pain and inflammation because of chondroitin sulphates, glucosamine and other compounds that have been drawn out from the boiled down cartilage
|Combatting inflammation, as the amino acids present in the broth have anti-inflammatory capabilities
||Promoting strong and healthy bones because of the presence of minerals like calcium and magnesium
|Boosting healthy hair and nail growth
||Speeding up healing in ill people
How Your Body Benefits From Zucchinis
Zucchini noodles are now a popular alternative to typical pasta noodles because of their similar consistency, as well as their health benefits. Although these fruits (yes, you read that right) are known for their resemblance to cucumbers, there are many reasons why you should incorporate zucchinis into your next dish. For starters, zucchinis contain nutrients like:
In particular, the trio of B vitamins, zinc and magnesium works well together in regulating healthy blood sugar levels. Meanwhile, flavonoid antioxidants in zucchinis, such as zeaxanthin, carotenes and lutein, exhibit potential when it comes to slowing down the aging process and inhibiting diseases, courtesy of their free radical-zapping properties.
Plus, zucchinis have high amounts of potassium (even higher than a banana’s) that can assist in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels and countering the potential side effects of having too much sodium in your system. Lastly, if weight loss is one of your health goals, you can consume zucchinis since they are low in calories (17 calories per 100 grams), high in fiber and have no cholesterol or unhealthy fats that can disrupt your body.
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Sources and References
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