Flu-Fighting Chicken Noodle Soup for the Body and Soul

In addition to everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, let us not forget chicken noodle soup has stood the test of time in fighting flu and colds.  

Eating chicken noodle soup is an age-old method of helping alleviate the symptoms of colds and the flu. It’s known as the perfect comfort-food.  

Having a bowl of hot homemade chicken noodle soup can make you feel better when you’re sick with the flu. This soup is packed with ingredients that can boost your immune system and help ward off illness. And good health starts with a well functioning immune system.

Here is an easy recipe from Cooking Around the Calendar with Kids – Holiday and Seasonal Food and Fun by Amy Houts. Yes, even children can make this soup.

Amy’s Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

4 quarts water
4 boneless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon
1 carrot, chopped
1 stalk celery, diced
1 (6-oz.) package fine egg noodles

Bring water to a boil in an 8-quart pot. Adult can add chicken and bouillon, turn down heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove chicken from pot.

Children can help add carrots and celery; simmer 15 minutes. Meanwhile, dice chicken. Add noodles and diced chicken. Simmer 5 minutes more.

Makes 6 servings

There is a great deal to learn yet about the healing power of food. In the meantime, if you want to work on staying healthy or feeling better during a cold or flu, get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids, and have a bowl of chicken soup.

See this and other healthy food choices in Amy Houts childrens cookbook, Cooking Around the Calendar with Kids – Holiday and Seasonal Food and Fun. You’ll want to try some of her other seasonal recipes, such as food for Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and St. Patrick‘s Day.

To your good health and that of your family,

Lee Jackson
Home and Family Networking


9 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Eat Healthier

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Encouraging healthy food habits in kids is an ongoing job. Their food habits don’t happen in a vacuum, though. They are influenced by other kids, TV ads, and many other influencers, but most importantly, their family. And mothers perhaps have the greatest influence.

Not only because mother may be the main food provider, but because kids notice and pick up on signals she is projecting about food and eating: what is her attitude about eating? Does she eat her fruit and vegetables? Does she  talk about what foods are healthy and what causes sickness? Can you tell she has a “sweet tooth”? These and other observations influence the food habits of kids.

Here are 9 suggestions on ways you can help kids develop healthy eating habits:

1. Set a good example. Children are observant of what you eat and what signs you send about food likes and dislikes. Check to make sure you are sending the right signals.

2. Serve a wide variety of food. You know what children should be eating, so is it available? Are your meals planned to have the adequate kind of nutrients for children?

3. Involve kids in the process. Encourage children to help you with a recipe. Start them early in setting the table and helping prepare the meal for the family. This is a powerful way of getting kids interested in food.       

4. Encourage sampling. When new and different food is offers, encourage them to eat it by telling them how it will help them, what else it tastes like, or what it will do for them. Convince them to try just one bite of the new food. Treat it as a positive experience.

5. No “sitting at the table until you finish this” routine. Food should always be associated with a positive image and approach. We want children to associate food with good feelings. Keep it positive and make it fun.

6. Encourage their goals of eating healthy. As children get older, they become more health conscience. Help them want to improve their athletic performance or body weight through the amount and kind of food to eat. Encourage and give much positive reinforcement.

7. Keep healthy food available. A drawer in the refrigerator could be a special place for their snacks. Food that is nutritious and easily accessible will be eaten more readily.

8. Let children help with meal planning and shopping. If children can have input into the kinds of food they want, they will be more willing to eat it. Many activities can be associated with the shopping experience, such as finding the food in advertisements and working out the cost of items on their shopping list.

9. Help children to be accepting of their own body. Whether they think they are too skinny or too fat, help them to accept their own body. Words such as “I think you are just right” goes a long way in how children feel about themselves.

I’ve written more on this subject in another blog: Who Shapes Healthy Food Choices for Kids Take a look.  

Whether you realize it or not, you are being watched by your kids.  Do you have a success story of how you have worked on any of these? Care to share? Leave a comment. Would love to hear.

Lee Jackson
Home and Family Networking



How You Spend Your Time


It’s the Wonderful Time of the Year

And by that I mean: evaluate how you spend your time and decide what is important. Embrace a few minutes for yourself every day.

Character…It’s Who You Are

Character Building Through Choices and Challenges is a new eBook for kids 8-12. smashwordsCharacter

This eBook helps kids

  • learn to be tolerant of others
  • how to solve problems and put the best solution into action
  • how a handicap can be a blessing in disguise
  • not to judge others by their skin color, religious beliefs, or political outlook.

Kids can see how having a positive attitude, open communication, and good listening skills help them live in balance with themselves and others.

Have these positive choice-making, character-building books available for school or home – enhances reading and listening skills. Order today.
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New eBook About Peer Pressure, Bullying, Decision Making and Problem Solving

buy cheap bridesmaid dressesThrough these short read-aloud stories, children discuss effects of peer pressure, bullying, good citizenship traits, and many others. Great resource for parents, counselors, classroom teachers as it provides an easy exchange of thoughts and ideas about values and ethical issues. See this new eBook here:


Order copies for your class or group. Have these positive choice-making, character-building books available for school or home.

Lee Jackson

Amazing Young Chef and a Dream

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Here is her story and a number of her recipes. This is so inspiring that I just had to share it with my readers.




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Girl Scout Cookies and the GMO Connection


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GMO‘s in Girl Scout cookies? It’s another place where GMO’s have reared their ugly head.  Here is revealing information about Girl Scout cookies and their GMO connection. Hear what some are doing about it.  Read the comments, too.



Lee Jackson
Concerned about your health




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Kids Learn to Cook (and So Much More!) Through Community Leadership and Planning

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See how one Ohio community gives foster children healthy lifestyle choices.

As basic cooking skills are often left to chance, fast foods and other quick fixes become the favored, but less healthy, choice. Here leaders team up to get kids involved in learning basic skills of cooking and how to prepare healthy food. The benefit is two-fold: exposing teens in foster care to positive women while they are learning a valuable life skill.




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EBook Helps Kids Get Involved in Kitchen Activities

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With over 3400 FREE Kindle Amazon downloads during the 3 day promotion, we thank you for getting the word out.  May this little ebook inspire you to encourage your child in meaningful kitchen “experiments”, activities, and food preparation jobs.

At one point the book ranked in the FREE book in Kindle Store as:
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Sports & Activities
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks >  Activity Books

The promotion is over but the ebook continues to be available on Amazon for only $2.99, considered a real bargain. You can place it on your reader, including your Cloud reader and have it instantly at your service.

To happy and healthy cooking and food activities with your child.

Lee Jackson, writer and entrepreneur, is passionate about healthy food and children’s nutrition. She has been helping improve the quality of individual and family life through education for many years. Sign up for her free report, Kids Cooking Activities Using the Five Senses, at http://www.healthykidseatingtips.com. See her online catalog of books at http://www.ImagesUnlimitedPublishing.com.







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Safe Practices in the Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most dangerous places in the home, especially when children are involved.  Working with children in the kitchen requires extra care.

Some of the most common accidents in the kitchen include burns, fires, cuts, falls, electric shock, and poisoning.

You can help prevent accidents while working in the kitchen with children in many ways. Some of these include:

Remember that stove tops are hot and may stay hot long after they are turned off. Adults should cook foods on the stove top and place or remove food from the oven.

Keep handles on pots and pans turned inward, so there is no danger of someone knocking them off the stove.

Don’t wear loose-fitting clothes or long floppy sleeves when cooking or allow children to have long floppy sleeves. They can easily catch fire. Keep long hair tied back.

Use pot holders when handling hot pans. Do not use a towel.

Lift pot lids away from you so the steam flows away from you and does not burn you.

Wash knives separately from rest of dishes and silverware.

Wipe up spills immediately.

Never touch electrical appliances if your hands are wet.

All household cleaners are poisonous. Never pour a little soap or other potentially dangerous liquid into a container that once held food. When small children are around, the cleaners need to be in a locked cabinet.

All cleaners, dish washing detergents, and plastic bags need to be kept out of small child’s reach.

Don’t call vitamins or medicine “candy.”

Stay safe and keep children safe by following safe practices in the kitchen.

To your good health and that of your family,

Lee Jackson
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