It’s almost winter, and that means it’s almost time for snow-covered streets, cozy nights by the fire, and of course, plenty of sick days. But instead of dashing to your medicine cabinet the second you feel the sniffles this winter, why not turn to your kitchen pantry? We’ve compiled a list of seven delicious, cold-curing soup recipes that will have you armed and ready for the coming flu season. So put down that cough syrup and grab your ladle!
Garlic has long been touted as a tried-and-true method to prevent the common cold, and for a good reason. Its bacteria-killing properties make it a natural way to prevent a full-blown cold from taking root. And although some people may swear by eating it whole (cringe), we suggest sticking to this far more palatable garlic soup.
If you’re sick in bed but are craving a good, hearty meal, this Portuguese bread soup with black cod is where it’s at. On top of being a delicious fish, cod is rich in both Vitamin A and Vitamin D, which, when taken together, have been shown to reverse cold symptoms. The best part? No need to settle for nasty fish oil pills!
Is your cold lingering on and on with no apparent end in sight? Don’t give up yet – this Italian red lentil soup may just be your saving grace. Many people believe that zinc, which is jam-packed in lentils, can help to stop cold viruses from spreading further down your nose and throat. You might as well call them miracle legumes.
If you’re serious about kicking your cold as fast as possible, then you gotta turn up the heat! Spicy food helps to clear out your sinuses instantly and naturally by — you guessed it — loosening up your mucus. So if that stuffy nose is getting you down, try this hot and sour soup with chicken — and make sure you have plenty of tissues handy!
When it comes to flu season, think of this Thai Coconut Chicken Soup as your secret – and scrumptious – weapon. The essential fatty acids found in coconut milk are high in antiviral and antibacterial properties that can destroy a wide variety of disease-causing organisms. Seriously, is there anything that coconut milk can’t do?
Not only will this delicious Tuscan bean soup take your senses on a journey to the Italian coast, but it will also help to wipe out even the toughest of colds. Iron-rich beans, such as the white beans used in this soup, help the immune system circulate oxygen to protective antibodies. What does this mean for you? Faster (and tastier) recovery time.
On top of being one of the tastiest comfort food veggies out there, sweet potatoes are also packed with Vitamin C — and we all know how necessary Vitamin C is in boosting our immune system. So when you feel yourself coming down with a cough, swap out your orange juice for this much more satisfying ooey, gooey cheesy sweet potato soup.
Taking regular, old medicine for your cold is so last season. With these seven soup recipes up your sleeve, you’ll be fully prepared for winter — and all the coughs, sneezes and sniffles that come with it!