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Sickness has already hit our home and we’re only a few weeks into fall. We’ve done what we can to arm our kids against germs, like making our delicious chicken soup, ensuring that their sure their shots are up to date, and stocking up on vitamins and orange juice. Once they get sick, like my little one is now, it’s time to stock up on even more to help them while they’re healing.
Our First Defense Against Germs: My Chicken Soup
My recipe for this simple chicken soup is sure to cure what ails you or, at the very least, warm you up and make any sick belly happier.
This recipe can be made, divided, and frozen for future chicken noodle soup needs, or you can add fresh veggies and noodles if the germs have already hit your house!
1 whole chicken, 3 ½ lbs, with skin, cut up with giblets removed (the butchers at Kroger can usually do this for you!)
3 stalks of celery with leaves, cut into large chunks
3 large carrots, peeled, cut into large chunks
2 med-large yellow onions, quartered
½ to 1 whole garlic head, peeled and sectioned
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon of Thyme (or several sprigs)
2 tablespoons of parsley (or small bunch)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Rinse chicken inside and out and pat dry. Rub with 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. In a large stockpot, add 1 tablespoon of Canola oil. Brown all pieces on both sides until light to dark golden brown. Remove chicken, peel of skin and toss skin. Discard all dropping except 2 tablespoons. To the droppings, add the all the rest of the ingredients. Cover with cold water to one inch above ingredients. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 2 hours.
Skim out all vegetables and fat and toss. Remove all the white meat from the chicken and place back into broth. Either portion and freeze, or add fresh veggies and noodles and cook until tender.
The Products We Prefer During Germ Season
My 7-year-old is usually the first to get sick in our house. That’s likely because the elementary schools are a breeding ground for all kinds of germs and kiddos are still learning good germ prevention. Quickly after, we all follow suit because that’s how it goes in a family, doesn’t it?
Children’s TYLENOL® Cold + Flu
For Ella, Children’s TYLENOL® Cold + Flu provides multi-symptom and it’s from a name we trust- the #1 selling brand of pediatric pain reliever & fever reducer. Their grape or bubblegum flavored liquid can help tackle your child’s tough multi-symptom cold by temporarily relieving runny noses and headaches, quieting coughs, and reducing fever. Children’s TYLENOL® Cold + Flu Oral Suspension contains acetaminophen. Make sure use only as directed and remember that it’s for children ages 6 to 11 years. Because of the delicious flavors, we don’t have to worry about Ella not taking her medicine and the child-proof cap helps us to ensure that she’s not taking a dose when she shouldn’t.
Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. 2017. Use products only as directed. The makers of TYLENOL® remind you to use only one medicine with acetaminophen at a time.
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
Every parent knows that prevention is key, and a name we trust for killing the germs in our home is Clorox. Why? Because Clorox means clean, but it also kills 99.9% of germs that can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours, kills 99.9% of viruses* and bacteria, and kills Staph, E. Coli, Salmonella, and Strep. That’s a lot of disgusting that gets killed with just a wipe!
We use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes in our bathrooms, our kitchen, on door handles, and even on the bottom of my purse and bookbags (which have touched God knows what!). Again, make sure to use as directed because we made the mistake of wiping down food surfaces with it – something you do NOT want to do. Gross.
For my 17-year-old, my husband, and myself, we rely on Theraflu for powerful relief without a prescription. We prefer the ExpressMax Severe Cold & Flu because it defeats 7 cold & flu symptoms fast. We don’t have time to lay in bed waiting to feel better; we need to feel better fast. Theraflu defeats a sore throat, nasal congestion, chest congestion, fever, cough, headache, body aches. All of which seems to be going around these days, for sure!
P.S. We all know what babies men can be when they’re sick so make sure to keep an extra bottle laying around. You’re welcome. Read and follow label directions, though they say nothing about keeping those babies from whining about it.
Last, but certainly not least, is my poor husband and son. Why cold sores never strike Ella and I is beyond me, but the poor men in my house always seem to get them during germ season. Again, cold sores are something we want to be healed fast.
Abreva is not for temporary symptom relief, but healing. It delivers the best results when used at the first sign of a cold sore when that spot on your lip begins to tingle. Abreva is easy to apply and has the power to heal your cold sore in as little as two-and-a-half days. A cold sore isn’t something you want to let fester, and only Abreva can do it when used at the first sign.
In fact, Abreva is the only FDA approved OTC medicine to shorten healing time and is proven to heal cold sores & shorten the duration of pain, itching, burning, tingling. Nothing heals your cold sore faster than Abreva.
Now that our bellies are happy and warm and our medicine cabinet is stocked with what we need, we’re ready to fight germ season head on! Be sure to check out the savings available on these products, as well.
- 1 whole chicken, 3 ½ lbs, with skin, cut up with giblets removed
- 3 stalks of celery with leaves, cut into large chunks
- 3 large carrots, peeled, cut into large chunks
- 2 med-large yellow onions, quartered
- ½ to 1 whole garlic head, peeled and sectioned
- Salt, pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon of Thyme (or several sprigs)
- 2 tablespoons of parsley (or small bunch)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- First, rinse and pat dry one whole chicken approximately 3 ½ lbs. Remove giblets and cut up the chicken into sections (the butchers at Kroger can do this for you if you ask!). Rub each piece with salt and pepper to taste. In a large stockpot, add a tablespoon of Canola oil and brown all the pieces of chicken until the skin is a dark golden brown.
- Remove all the chicken and set aside. To the droppings, add celery, carrots, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, bay leaves, thyme, parsley, and lemon juice. Remove the skin from the chicken and add the chicken pieces to the pan. Cover with cold water to one inch above the chicken. Bring to a boil, then simmer for two hours.
- Skim out all vegetables and fat and toss. Remove all the white meat from the chicken and place back into broth. Either portion and freeze, or add fresh veggies and noodles and cook until tender. See below for the printable recipe!
- The butcher at your local grocery store can usually cut up your chicken if you ask them!
**On hard, non-porous surfaces. See product label for a list of organisms.
***Median healing time is 4.1 days, 25% of users healed in 2.5 days.
Abreva – Use only as directed. Read and follow label directions. Clorox – Use as directed. Theraflu – Read and follow label directions. TYLENOL® – ® Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. 2017. Use products only as directed. The makers of TYLENOL® remind you to use only one medicine with acetaminophen at a time.