Grandma’s Chicken Broth Recipe: Low Carb Version

Guest Post by Angelika Ilina For Your Motivating Monday

Note from Connie:  Since it’s winter, often cold in most parts of the world, and I’m home sick with pneumonia, my friend Angelika Ilina — founder of the Love On the Table blog for health-conscious foodies — was kind enough to share her tasty, easy, low-carb version of her Grandma’s Chicken Broth Recipe. As you’ll note, this recipe contains no gluten-filled noodles.

Here’s Angelika:

“This is the best chicken broth recipe from my grandma, which I adjusted after living in St. Maarten, where I enjoyed the heartiest and most delicious chicken soups I’ve ever eaten. Then, I made it even healthier, turning it low carb.

“My grandma’s and Caribbean-style special tricks make this a staple in our house. This recipe is super easy to make. If you need broth for any other recipes, strain when done and voila!

“The beauty of making the broth this way is you can serve it over whatever veggies you want, or not. Pour over spinach or baby greens and canned artichoke hearts to add wilted greens and veggies to your broth. Top with avocado, if you’d like, and/or fresh herbs such as cilantro or flat-leaf Italian parsley.

“If I only have baby carrots and red onions on hand, that works, too. Enjoy!


  • 4 whole skin-on chicken legs (Note from Connie: Please note that if you don’t eat meat, you could always use tofu instead.)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into 2-3 pieces
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into 2-3 pieces each
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and ends trimmed
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs (or more to taste)
  • Sea salt to taste (I use Himalayan pink salt)
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Place all ingredients into a large soup pot. Don’t cut the onion; use it whole.
  2. Pour enough filtered water into the pot to cover all the ingredients.
  3. Bring everything to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer.
  4. Simmer for 40 minutes.
  5. Adjust seasonings, if needed.
  6. Enjoy!

Note from Connie: Have you tried Angelika’s awesome recipe yet? Tell us about your experiences on my blog or on my Facebook fan page. 

Angelika Ilina is founder of the Love On The Table blog. which is dedicated to showing busy foodies that they can be health-conscious eaters, too.

“I love, love food, but I love my health & wellness more. Yes, you can be both,” says Angelika, who grew up helping her parents host dinner parties almost every week.”

Seven years ago, Angelika discovered how inflammation was being created in her body by eating gluten, grains, and sugar.  After cleaning up her diet, she became devoted to creating “delicious, satisfying, healthy, friends-and- family-approved recipes” and founded her Love the Table blog for health-conscious foodies. 

When not creating, healthy low-carb recipes, Angelika is a frequent traveler and busy owner and president of AI Creative, a website design and development, digital marketing, and online strategy company. 

Santa is a Huge Sugar Addict, Who Skips Self Care

Please Help Me to Help Santa -- Fun, Quirky Thoughts While I'm Stuck Home with Pneumonia

Santa Claus may embody cheerful generosity and innate goodness, but the beloved, jovial character has some serious health problems.

To begin, he is a huge sugar addict.

At every house he visits, the beloved gift-giver noshes on sugary, gluten-filled cookies that well-intentioned parents left for him.

No wonder Santa can’t resist the sweet stuff.

Just think of Santa’s plight.

Here he’s trying to make boys and girls around the world super-happy, but wherever he goes, he’s faced by an endless round of temptations.

Not only that but he may be over-caring.

So let’s look at Santa’s lifestyle and health challenges.

  • Santa is super-sedentary. In fact, the most exercise he gets is when little kids sit on his laps and ask for toys.
  • Plus, Santa only gets out one night a year and that’s the time he spans the entire globe. (I do hope you’re chuckling here!)
  • Plus, he and Mrs. Claus hang out on the North Pole for months at a time to make all those perfect gifts.
  • Then, Santa just can’t resist sugary cookies. Hey, would you be able to say no to all those tempting treats from well-meaning Sugar Pushers?
  • Now, it turns out that Santa has gluten issues, too, as the Gluten-Free Warrior pointed out recently.

Although Santa’s been around for centuries, his health didn’t take a downward spiral until 2006, as I pointed out then on my Sugar Shock Blog.

That’s when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, as revealed by Mike Adams of NewsTarget.

At the time, Santa was focused on reclaiming his health. He was headed in a good direction, even seeking nutritional therapies to offset his type 2 diabetes.

But evidently in the past decade or so, Santa, like millions of us, fell off the wagon.

He forgot all his good intentions and neglected self care.

And generous guy that he is, he just focused so much on creating and delivering the best gifts for billions that he forgot the most important thing of all — To take care of others, you must first care for yourself.

Perhaps the stress of delivering all those gifts in a short designated period of time (only 24 hours) was just too much for Santa.

Although Santa is nervous about sharing this, he doesn’t just nibble and nosh at every stop. He often goes on full-scale cookie binges after working 24 hours nonstop. (No wonder he pigs out — who can work for 24 hours straight and still be productive?)

By the way, in the last decade or so, Santa has gained so much weight — easily 50 to 100 pounds — that now he just can’t make it down the chimney.

The only way those gifts get delivered on Christmas is thanks to smaller, slimmer elves he brings on his annual reindeer ride around the world.

Come to think of it, aren’t millions of us like Santa?

Don’t millions of us neglect self-care in pursuit of deadlines?

It’s now time for my confession. I’m homebound with pneumonia. Yes, scary! No, I didn’t have sugar galore, but like millions of us, I, too, skipped self care.

Now, I didn’t pull an all-nighter like Santa does, but I skipped on sleep while back from an awesome 40 Years of Zen program; then didn’t get enough sleep at an inspiring Tony Robbins conference for most of a wee; pushed myself too hard getting settled and fixing up my new place; then the heater wasn’t working right. So now I’m home sick with parties and fun planned with my bed, supplements, TV and me!

You’re all so smart. Will you help me put together a solid, safe plan for Santa to regain his health so next year, he’ll be around to deliver millions of gifts?

Share your tips for Santa here on this blog or on Facebook.

Spread the word. Santa needs our help.

Is Sitting Killing You?

Will You Move More and Sit Less With Me?

Do you, like millions, sit for hours and hours?

Up until yesterday, I was one of those, who sat far too much.

You see, I’m writing this blog post while swaying my hips, doing squats, balancing on one foot after another, and/or dancing to cool music in front of my new awesome Standing Desk in my new place.

Bye-bye, back pain!

Hello, happier, healthier, slimmer body.

No more sitting for hours on end while in the flow and writing books, talks and blog posts.

You see, for all my intentions to be a healthy, active example, I’ve been naughty for years.

All that sitting has injured my back twice — we’re talking major pain — while I’ve been on deadline for my books, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock.

Are you like I was up until recently?

If you sit a lot for work, as most do, you need to learn about the deadly consequences.

Sitting can shorten your life — even if you exercise.

Yes, a recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that there’s a direct relationship between time people spent sitting and their risk of early mortality, according to the researchers, who studied nearly 8,000 adults.

In short, the researchers found that as your total sitting time increases, so does your risk of an early death.

Or, to put it more bluntly, the longer you sit, the sooner you die.

The scientists concluded:  “Both the total volume of sedentary time and its accrual in prolonged, uninterrupted bouts are associated with all-cause mortality, suggesting that physical activity guidelines should target reducing and interrupting sedentary time to reduce risk for death.”

So will you join me? Let’s sit less and move more together.

Spread the word! Join the Sit Less, Move More Movement.

Why You Should Become a Cravings Ninja™, Too

How I Became The Cravings Ninja™ -- Cravings-Crushing Monday: Get Ready for Peaceful Battle Success Over Sugar & Processed Carbs

Whenever I meet people (such as at recent Bulletproof and Tony Robbins conferences), people are excited and intrigued when they discover that people refer to me as The Cravings Ninja™.

Almost always, they want to know more.

It’s time to explain the phrase I was given about three  years ago.

To begin, my goal now as  Your Cravings Ninja™, is to lead you to Sweet Victory  over those tempting sugary, fatty junk foods.

As The Cravings Ninja, I’m here to guide you to easily, effortlessly, stomp out your wild, irrational, overpowering urges for nutrient-deprived snacks and meals.

Why do people call  me The Cravings Ninja™?

By its definition, a ninja is someone, who excels in a particular skill of activity.

Those mythical 12th century warriors infiltrated and went to battle against particular enemies.

Although ninjas often had to be violent,  I’m here to lead you into peaceful battle against sugary, fatty, salty non-foods.

Think about it. You can try umpteen diets, but you’ll never shed pounds and then keep them off for good unless you Crush Your Cravings for Good™.

So here’s how I became The Cravings Ninja.

Although I’ve been sugar-free eating minimal carbs (always quality carbs) since 1998, it took my having  Crazy Cravings™ and a Carb Relapse in late 2012 after my Mom passed away for me to really “get” this concept more deeply and fully than ever before.


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