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Need some feel better recipes to help your worn down body feel better?

Feel better recipes are ones that can help you refresh your weary body. And they aren’t just for times when you’re down with a cold. In fact, sometimes you want a feel better recipe when you’ve got something as common as allergies.

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Feel Better Soup Recipe Ingredients

After the holidays, refreshing recipes make a difference!

Following the gluttony of endless holiday partying, our bodies can start to respond in all sorts of frightening ways. That’s because we tend to dose ourselves with unusually large inputs of sugar, fat, caffeine, and alcohol. Sure, we tell ourselves all those “bad-for-you-foods” don’t count during the holidays.

But right after the season-of-too-much-cheer, everything counts! And that including the stuff we said didn’t count as we stuffed our pie holes with that totally unnecessary third slice of pie — for breakfast. Plus, we topped that pie with both whipping cream & ice cream. And maybe we threw on a dollop of marscapone since it was in the fridge. Then we piled on with a handful of salty Chex Mix from the container next to the pie plate. After that, it was a couple of sausages down the hatch. Finally, why not an eggnog latte with lots of rum to wash it all down?

Without fail, it begins the moment the fancy holiday china has been washed and packed away. Flabby formations begin to build near the hips. Salty bloats threaten to dislodge sparkly rings on our fingers. Sugary crashes bring on the blues. Caffeine withdrawals promise pounding noggins. And dehydrated skin leaves us wondering why we ever thought that third (or fourth or fifth) martini was a good idea. Let’s face it. This kind of eating can’t go on forever!

So, if you’re feeling bloated, coated in sugar, dipped in fat, and fresh from the fryer. And if you’re ready to set aside the holiday junk, consider these simple recipes to lighten up your meals and refresh your body!

A bit of exercise might help too.

Oh, and for goodness sakes! Get out of those pajamas and go for a walk! You never know — that Lenten Rose or Yuletide Camellia might just be in bloom by now! Plus, some fresh air and exercise will do you good!

Moreover, as long as your garden isn’t buried in snow or frozen solid, winter is a great time to do a lot of your pruning. To learn more about pruning and much more, be sure to sign up for our gardening classes here.

It’s easy to start learning with these online programs while you’re enjoying the benefits of these feel better recipes indoors!

Dry January challenge might help, but…

The challenge to go dry for January might help too. But what does that mean? Well, the idea is you stop drinking alcohol for the month of January. And, of course, less booze is going to be healthier. But simply switching to water for a whole month instead of that glass of wine in the evening might be tough. So what will you drink instead?

Well, the recipe that follows is one option. Another is to sign up for our garden-to-glass notification list. When you do, we’ll immediately send you a free recipe for a tasty herbal sippable. Moreover, the recipe is versatile enough that you can go boozy or enjoy it as a delicious mocktail! Get in on these tasty sippables here.

Two feel better recipes & their backstory…

The first recipe is what we call The Magic Elixir.  This simple, herbal sippable is powerful. And we’ve been enjoying it for years. It’s delicious anytime we’re feeling rundown. And, in our experience, it will knock out a cold fast.

The Magic Elixir became my inspiration for the second feel better recipe: Feel Better Soup.

Feeling under the weather? Or just want to refresh after a season of over-indulgence, try one or both of these easy recipes. Maybe they’ll help!

 The Magic Elixir Feel Better Recipe

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This is a spicy, warm feel better drink recipe that can magically help you feel better. But, the garlic can be off-putting to some. So, if you absolutely can’t stand the taste, omit the garlic next time. However, if take out the garlic, you’ll be eliminating some of the “magic”. But it’ll taste better, and still be good for you.


  • 4-6 cups water
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/8-1/2 t. cayenne (to taste)
  • 1-2 cloves halved garlic
  • 1-3 T. sliced fresh ginger (1 t. powdered or a sliced piece of crystallized will do in a pinch)
  • Lots of honey


Pour water into large sauce pan. Then squeeze lemon into water. And add squeezed lemons to sauce pan. Then stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Then simmer until lemons are soft.

Strain & ladle into mugs. Finally, add as much honey as is needed to handle the taste.

I make a big batch of this feel better recipe. And keep some for a few days in the fridge to warm up as needed during the sick days.

Feel Better Soup

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This soup is our go-to New Year’s Day feel better recipe. It’s refreshing and loaded with lots of goodness. Plus, it has some herbal heat to help burn off the post-holiday haze.

Feel free to vary the vegetables based on what’s available in your garden or at the farmer’s market. My recipe below reflects what what we usually have on hand, especially in winter.


  • 8-10 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1-2 T. minced fresh garlic
  • 1-2 T. minced fresh ginger
  • 1 T- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 t – 1 T. garlic-chili sauce
  • 1 T. avocado oil
  • 2 large carrots sliced in 1/4″ rounds
  • 1 small bunch of broccoli florets and stems peeled and chopped
  • 2 bunches bok choi (or other choi) chopped
  • 1 cup chopped chanterelle (or other mushroom)


In large soup pot, bring broth to a simmer. And in a smaller pot, warm cooking oil. Next add garlic and ginger to saute briefly until garlic loses its sharpness. Add mushrooms and saute to release a bit of moisture. Then add in carrots, broccoli stalks and bok choi stems. Toss briefly.

Add saute mixture to simmering broth. Taste for saltiness. Then add in aminos and garlic-chili sauce to taste. Simmer about 10 minutes. Next stir in Bok Choi leaves and broccoli florets. Simmer another 5 minutes or until veggies are done to your preferred texture. Stir briefly to warm.

Ladle into bowls. Serve with extra sriracha and coconut aminos, if needed.

3 comments on “Feel Better Soup & The Magic Elixir

  1. Cath on

    Sound wonderful, I hope you feel better.
    I have a tip for adding pasta to soup. Cook a batch your favorite pasta al dente and just add it to the individual soup bowls when serving. Store it separately and then it doesn’t break down and turn to mush in the main soup kettle.

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