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How to Prepare for Cold and Flu Season + An Amazing Soup Recipe

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How to prepare for cold and flu season.

Is there anything worse than your child getting sick? I hate it. Although germs and colds can happen anytime, they seem to multiply about this time of year. I have a few strategies that are making a difference for our family, including good old homemade Minestrone Soup. Thanks for the support Maty’s, and thanks for sponsoring this post.

 How to Prepare for Cold and Flu Season

Both of my boys are in school settings this year. It’s been a great experience so far but I know what can happen with all those busy kids in a small space.

When I was teaching school, if one of my students caught a cold, I could soon count on a few more showing symptoms. I hated it then, too.

Although I don’t know of anyone who has never had a cold, I think healthy lifestyle habits make a person less likely to catch one. This is my mantra for kids and adults, especially during cold season:

  • Wash those hands! And when you’re out in public and touching what others have touched, keep your hands away from your face.
  • Don’t eat after others. I tell my kids it’s nice to share but not if someone else’s lips have touched it.
  • Get enough rest. ‘Nuff said.
  • Make exercise a habit.
  • Eat healthy foods. Think fresh veggies and fruit.
  • Manage stress. Laughter is good for you and reassuring snuggles help, too. When facing difficult situations, count your blessings, look up jokes, and take time to watch a fun comedy.

Classic Minestrone Recipe

But like I said, I don’t know of anyone who has never had a cold so it’s good to know what products can help you weather a germ, too.

Health Ideas for Kids

A new-to-me product is Maty’s and I’ve been interested to learn more about it.

Maty's Goodnight Cough Syrup

First off, Maty’s was founded by a mom who was looking for alternatives to harsh chemicals to help her own family. In the beginning, she mixed up old time remedies with her newfound knowledge of healing ingredients, using real, whole food ingredients.

And today, although it isn’t mixed in Mom’s kitchen, Maty’s offers natural and USDA Certified Organic options.

For example, Maty’s (organic) Children’s Good Night Cough Syrup contains honey (but remember babies under the age of one should never eat honey) to soothe sore throats, apple cider vinegar to support a healthy immune system, and powerful antioxidants and antimicrobials such as lemon peel, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, clove, and marjoram. Nutmeg and chamomile tea support relaxation for restful sleep.

When your child isn’t feeling his best, sometimes he just doesn’t want to take medicine. With Maty’s cough syrup, you can use it just like you’d use honey or maple syrup—’cause who needs crying that leads to even more nose stuffies?

Sick Child

And when they’re hungry, serve a comforting bowl of warm soup with a few extra hugs.

I think Minestrone Soup is a nice alternative to the usual I’m-not-feeling-good chicken soup. My guys really chow down on this recipe.

How to Make Minestrone Soup

Don’t feel overwhelmed when you see the ingredient list because it really doesn’t take that long to pull it together.

There’s nothing too exotic in here so you might even have all the fixings to make a pot right now.

Chopping onion, garlic, zucchini, and carrots is easy. Measuring and adding everything else is a snap.

Best Minestrone Soup Recipe

It also makes your kitchen smell amazing—a super invitation to get up and eat and get on with life.

Minestrone Soup is full of good things like veggies and broth and mama love—all things that make a difference in fighting colds—all part of my strategy for keeping my family healthy!

Old Fashioned Minestrone Soup Recipe

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Minestrone Soup


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Ingredients

  • ½ onion, diced
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2-15 ounce can petite, diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup marsala cooking wine
  • 32 ounces beef broth
  • 1-2 ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 2 large zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup (dry) ditalini pasta
  • 1 can northern beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • parmesan rind
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

1. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil in a large dutch oven until translucent.

2. Pour in marsala wine and both cans of diced tomatoes and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half.

3. Add broth, seasonings, tomato paste, parmesan rind and carrots and bring to boil.

4. Allow to boil for 1-2 minutes, then add pasta and zucchini.  Simmer until pasta is cooked and zucchini is tender; stir in beans and turn off the heat.

5. Remove bay leaves and remainder of the parmesan rind.

6. Serve immediately with fresh parmesan and crusty bread.

 

Melodee Fiske

Melodee is a mom of two energetic and independent boys who fuel her need for coffee. She is a foodie who loves creating and photography so has combined her passions to share with the world. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s giving piggy back rides, building car tracks or running to Target…again.