Who doesn’t get a craving for a nice, warm bowl of soup when they feel sick, have a cold, or even when they are just a bit under the weather? Soup can be the best choice for a hot or a cold day, and if you pick your ingredients right, they are just the source of vitamins and minerals your body needs to feel better.
This article will give you a few recipes to make healthy and delicious soups that prevent colds and help fight the common symptoms: fever, excessive mucus, fatigue, weakness, etc.
Onion soup is a classic. You can find it in restaurants, but we are going to share a light way to make it that is easily digested and gets rid of excess mucus and toxins that are overtaking the body.
You can even add a pinch of cayenne. In small amounts this warms up your body and breaks up and eliminates that extra mucus.
Stir-fry an onion in a little oil and a pinch of salt, then cover the pot so that the water really releases from the onion.
You can stir the soup a little to make it creamier.
Eat it while it’s hot.
Just as a little experiment, put half an onion on your bedside table while you sleep if you ever have an extremely runny nose. The next morning you should notice a big difference.
Garlic, millet, and algae soup
This soup has a delicious flavor and is very medicinal.
Garlic is a natural antibiotic that increases your body’s defenses.
Millet is the only cereal that neutralizes the acid in the body. It is easily digested and helps fight that acidifying effect that tends to become an issue when you get sick.
Algae offers you some minerals that can help that fatigue and weakness so common with a cold. Some of your choices of algae include nori, wakame, and sea spaghetti.
Stir fry three garlic cloves in a little oil and add two cups of broth, two spoonfuls of millet, and algae.
Let it cook for 45 minutes.
Celery, carrot, and ginger soup
These are three cleansing ingredients that can bring down a fever and get rid of toxins. It is also a nice warming soup if you feel cold chills in the body.
Cut celery and carrots into small bits and cook them in a cup and a half of water with a pinch of salt.
Add two slices of fresh ginger or a half teaspoon of powdered ginger.
This is a recipe for a light soup that you can sip on throughout the day. If you want the soup to be more substantial you can add some whole-grain rice or some flakes of oatmeal.
Egg and thyme soup
This is an old remedy and a traditional Catalonian recipe. In Catalonia it is served with beef stew, bread, and cheese.
We won’t use all of those ingredients in this recipe since we want it to be a light option that can be easily digested.
Thyme is great because it is a medicinal and culinary herb that adds a delicious touch to any dish. If you have a cold, thyme can increase your body’s defenses, has bacteria-fighting properties, and can ease a cough.
Stir-fry a clove of garlic and half an onion, and add any vegetables you may have to use (cabbage, turnips, carrots, etc.). Add two cups of vegetable broth and a few sprigs of fresh or dry thyme. When everything has fully cooked, you can add a raw egg to the mixture and stir until it breaks up if you’d like. This adds a little substance to the soup for moments when you aren’t completely debilitated by your cold.
This is an aromatic and soothing soup, and if you are feeling well enough you can add a piece of toast with cheese to your meal.
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