How are you holding up out there during flu season? Me. I’m fine now, but I didn’t do so well. I just had a terrible bout with pneumonia and then relapsed and then celebrated with a perfect check up and a 4th chest x-ray in 8 months. All symptoms were resolved. I didn’t want to talk about it here. Somehow I managed to keep the blog going, and it might have been the thing that kept my spirits up.
Finally after 8 weeks, I started boot camp classes. I even broke a speed record in our boot camp group the second week.I was happy to see that I hadn’t lost most of my fitness level because of a thing called muscle memory. If you work out consistently, the body remembers and it’s much easier to get back to it.
Ten days after that great doctor’s report, I got the flu. It took the wind out of my sails, and I admit to feeling discouraged, defeated and even a little depressed. I’ve never been sick in my life longer than a week. I’ve never had to battle anything serious or be hospitalized. I have much gratitude for this, and even more so now because health is a gift, and its not guaranteed.
I had to do some deep thinking about what my life is. What do I need to do before I leave here? I came to the conclusion that I don’t need to do anything. The question is who do I need to become? Is it more important to have a cookbook on the Amazon to prove something to myself or is it more important that I know how to be a consistently kind person waiting in line in the grocery store. Kindness changes the world more than a good recipe. I can do good recipes all day long. I can’t do kindness as easily.
During this time of fighting back, this 30 Minute Health Soup was something I relied on. I made many variations of it, and this one was my favorite. I wanted a soup, not only tasty, but I was looking for that bright green color that made me happy.
Broccoli, potato, spinach, watercress, chicken broth, leeks, onion, and fresh lemon. Even the color of the soup was what I had been hoping for, a bright green, as I thought it might be therapeutic to look at, and I didn’t want any mossy green color.
This couldn’t be any easier to put together. After I chopped the leek, onion and potato, I threw it into the chicken broth and let it start boiling away. I added in some black pepper and starting chopping broccoli. I used one whole broccoli stalk. Once everything was softened, put it all in the Vitamix with handfuls of raw spinach. This was blended and put back into the post with a half of lemon and it’s juice. Watercress was added right before serving, but one night I skipped it and it was just as good.
I’m fighting back with good food and plenty of liquids, mostly water and green tea. How do you fight your flu symptoms or fight for your health?
- 2 quarts chicken broth (see note)
- 1 large broccoli stalk, cut into course pieces
- 1 onion, cut coarsely
- 1 leek, chopped
- 1 large potato, peeled, diced
- sea salt
- black pepper
- Squeeze of lemon
- 1 or 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 handfuls of raw baby spinach
- handfuls of water cress (optional)
- Note: Water must cover the vegetables by 4 inches. I used a heaping tablespoons of Better than Bouillon organic Chicken broth paste to make the broth.
- Put all the vegetables in cold water and bring to boil. Continue on slow boil until the vegetables or fork tender. Squeeze lemon into cooked vegetables Put into a blender or Vitamix including broth. Serve immediately. Garnish with watercress, drizzle of olive oil.