As the summer heat begins to fade, comforting foods like soup begins to become appealing again. Immune boosting soup is a great way to help you feel full, ward off the chill and are an easy way to include healthy veggies into your day. However, one of the biggest benefits of soup is the natural boost it gives to your immune system.
- Immune boosting soups generally contain at least some of the following ingredients:
- Onions have historically reduced inflammation and help to heal infections
- Garlic is an excellent source of vitamin C and trace minerals including copper, potassium, iron and calcium.
- Turmeric contains incredible anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.
- Greens boost your immune system as they contain powerful antiviral and antibacterial agents.
- Coconut oil is an excellent source of auric acid, which is a natural anti-viral.
You’ve probably seen some version of pho soup on the menu at your local Asian restaurant. What you may not know is that pho soup is not only easy to make, but
it’s also an immune boosting superfood filled soup. The basic ingredients of this soup are rice noodles, chicken stock, boneless chicken breasts, mint, coriander, basil, bean
sprouts, red chilies, shallots, lime, and fish sauce. There many variations of course but these are the basic ingredients.This soup should be made on the day you’re planning to serve it.
Garlic and Tomato
Garlic and tomato soup is an easy and budget-friendly way to get superfoods into your diet. It can be made with very few ingredients and can also be purchased at most restaurants. Garlic and tomato are both superfoods that can deliver important vitamins and nutrients. They can also help boost your immune system to help fight illness. They’re also convenient, you can make the soup ahead and freeze it or use it as part of your meal routine for the week.
Does the idea of mushroom soup make you gag? Maybe you haven’t tried the right one. Cheese is always a great idea! Mushrooms are a great way to get vitamin D into your system and jumpstart your immune system. Portobello soup is quite easy to make. Use sautéed or steamed portobello chunks and combine them with heavy cream and milk. Add your favorite spices (I like Italian seasoning and parmesan.) You can leave the soup chunky or you can puree with an immersion blender for a creamy texture.
Chicken soup has long been known as Jewish Penicillin. There are loads of recipes to be found, but I like to keep it simple. Not only that, when I’m sick I usually can’t handle vegetables and this is a great way to get some in without feeling like I’m actually eating them! I put a leftover chicken carcass in my Instant Pot, fill it with water and add chopped onions, garlic, celery and carrots. Follow the directions on your pot to cook the soup, then remove the carcass, grind up the veggies and add rice or barley, then cook again. It’s so easy and a great way to stretch a rotisserie chicken.
Carrot and Ginger Soup
Sometimes when you’re really feeling bad you want something light. Ginger is very healing for an upset stomach.
Do you have a go-to soup recipe?
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