Soup There It Is—6 Healthy and Hearty Recipes
With temperatures fluctuating from day to day and germs spreading, it’s the perfect storm for sickness. You’ll want to shore up your wellness plan, ASAP! Whether you’re currently sick or fending off a looming case of the common cold, soup is a smart and simple way to give your immune system a healthy boost.
Moms and grandmothers have been preaching the powers of soup for generations, but it’s all for good reason. With vegetables, healthy spices and a throat-soothing texture, soups can make even the sickest days feel a little bit better.
Here are six healthy soup recipes, perfect to offer comfort for everything from a head cold to a stomach bug:
1. Bone Broth
Although bone broths have minimal ingredients, they’re chock full of healthy properties like vitamins, minerals and amino acids, all of which promote general gut health. But that’s not all— the collagen in chicken or beef bones, can help detoxify your cells, improve brain function, heal the intestinal lining, and promote healthy hair, skin, and nails.
Nature’s favorite fix—turmeric—makes the perfect base for an immune-boosting soup. Full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, a soup built with the trendiest spice of the times may help improve your liver function, clear the sinuses, comfort your tummy, and even soothe a hangover.
3. Miso Soup
While you might think of miso soup as simply the first course to a sushi dinner, it’s actually an ideal symptom-shielding soup. Full of healthy probiotics, the traditional Japanese soup aids and regulates digestive and intestinal functions, relieves fatigue, prevents inflammation and boosts heart health.
4. Pumpkin Soup
Who says pumpkin should just be an autumnal treat? You can reap the healing benefits of the gourd all year long. Full of fiber, pumpkin soup is the perfect way to tackle indigestion or an upset stomach. It’s full of vitamin A, which protects your eyes, and high in potassium—boosting your energy and balancing your electrolytes.
Believe the hype—the classic sick-day soup, chicken noodle, has proven medicinal properties like vitamins A and C and selenium, which can reduce upper respiratory symptoms, promote hydration and clear your nasal passages. Plus, the protein in the chicken and carbohydrates in the noodles will give you the energy boost you need most.
For the simplest way to make a feel-better soup you’ll want to double down on the veggies and add a healthy source of fiber like beans. A roasted veggie soup is dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, egg-free, soy-free, high in fiber and only 92 calories per serving—making it a sick food staple for the whole family.
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