The Antidote to Your Child's Sugar Hangover

                            Thrive Nutrition Practice:  The Antidote to Sugar

                            Thrive Nutrition Practice:  The Antidote to Sugar


It struck me this morning that children have hangovers too....

Sugar hangovers.

Yesterday was my daughter's birthday party.  And whilst the menu was about as grain-free, refined sugar free as could possibly be,  we all still had a healthy sugar overdose from the birthday cake, almond-meal chocolate chip cookies, popcorn and delicious date-sweetened pomegranate-lime juice.

So, today the girls have been....hmmm....what's the word?

Petulant? Annoying? Incapable of independent play? Groggy? Unreasonable?

I could go on but I've got to put dinner on.

The centrepiece for dinner tonight is going to be CHICKEN BROTH.

Sugar depletes our body of minerals like calcium & magnesium.

And broth is an extremely cost-efficient and delicious way of re-mineralizing our body with these minerals and many more.  It also can help give your child a much needed immunity boost, which is also needed after a sugar overdose.

The benefits of chicken broth never cease to amaze me:

  • When cooked, chicken releases an amino acid called cysteine, which helps to breakdown proteins found in the mucous that settles in the lungs.
  • Cysteine converts to glutathione, a very powerful antioxidant, that not only protects your from the negative effects of free radicals -- it also carries nutrients to your immune system cells.
  • Carrots, one of the typical vegetable ingredients found in chicken soup, are the best natural source of beta-carotene, the precursor for Vitamin A.  Vitamin A helps fight off infections by giving your white blood cells a boost.
  • Chicken broth also contains loads of minerals in a form the body can absorb easily—e.g. calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals.

Sounds like a superfood?

You bet!  Here's the recipe:

  • 800g hormone-free chicken feet or other cheap joints
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 tbspns unpasteurized apple cider
  • knob of ginger
  • 1/2 tspn pepper
  • bunch of parsley
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2L water approx.
  • bit of salt & pepper

Put it all in a pot and let boil for 24 hrs.  I usually do it in two 12 hour stints.



Don't head into birthday party season without it.


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