Four Soups that Prevent Colds

September 27, 2015
Soup doesn't just offer a comforting warmth, but if you include the right ingredients it can also reduce fatigue and dry up that excess mucus. Pick the best one according to how you feel.

Who doesn’t get a craving for a nice, warm bowl of soup when they feel sick, have a cold, or even when they’re just a bit under the weather? Read this article to learn how to make four soups that prevent colds.

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.

Four Soups that Prevent Colds

Onion soup

Onion soup is a classic. You can find it at restaurants, but we’re going to share a lie version 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 soup 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. Make sure you 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.

Onion soup

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Garlic, millet, and algae soup

This soup has a delicious flavor and has medicinal properties. Garlic is a natural antibiotic that increases your body’s defenses. Millet is the only cereal that neutralizes the acid in the body. It’s easy to digest and helps fight that acidifying effect that tends to become an issue when you get sick.

Algae offer you some minerals that can help fatigue and weakness that’s common when you have 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.

Creamy carrot soup

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Egg and thyme soup

This is an old remedy and a traditional Catalonian recipe. In Catalonia, it’s served with beef stew, bread, and cheese. We won’t use all of those ingredients in this recipe because this is a lite version that can be easily digested.

Thyme is great because it’s 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, it has bacteria-fighting properties, and can ease a cough.

Stir-fry a clove of garlic and half an onion, and add any vegetable (cabbage, turnips, carrots, etc.). Add two cups of vegetable broth and a few sprigs of fresh or dry thyme. When everything is fully cooked —  if you’d want — you can add a raw egg to the mixture and stir until it breaks up. This adds a little substance to the soup for moments when your cold drains all of your energy.

This is an aromatic and soothing soup, and if you’re feeling well enough you can add a piece of toast with cheese to your meal.  Now after this article, the next time you’re feeling under the weather, you can try these soups that prevent colds.

Images courtesy of Alan Levine, Chris Campbell, and lablascovegmenu.

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