9 Cozy Soup Recipes That Can Help Ward Off Colds and Flus This Winter
We often think of soup as a food you eat when you're feeling under the weather — but with the right ingredients, a comforting bowl of soup can help support the immune system and keep you from getting sick in the first place. From antioxidant-rich veggies to proteins packed with zinc, there are a ton of nutritious ingredients that can be tossed into a soup pot and transformed into a satisfying and immune-supporting meal. This cold and flu season, keep up those healthy habits that help keep viruses at bay — like washing your hands (often!) — then add these nine delicious soups to your lunch and dinner rotation.
Roasted Red Pepper Soup
Red peppers are a powerhouse when it comes to nutrients that help support your immune system, including vitamins C and A. Sipping on this roasted red pepper soup is a simple way to sneak them into your diet. Plus, if you've got Swanson Chicken Broth ($2) on hand, it's a great way to add more protein.
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Broccoli Lentil Soup
There's nothing better than a heaping bowl of vegetables, especially when you're trying to prep your immune system for a harsh winter. This classic veggie soup is loaded with beta carotene, vitamin C, and more, to help keep you healthy all season long.
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Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup
Italian Wedding Soup
Italian wedding soup traditionally contains greens and meatballs, and while those ingredients aren't chosen for their immune benefits, they're certainly a bonus. Research shows that green vegetables like spinach help form chemical signals that are important to a healthy immune system, and chicken is a natural source of zinc, a nutrient that plays a pivotal role in immune health.
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Curried Lentil Kale Mushroom Soup
Vitamin D plays a crucial role in the immune system, but food sources of this important nutrient can be scarce. Mushrooms are the only produce that contains a significant amount of vitamin D, making this curried soup a natural choice for the colder months.
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Sunchoke Apple Soup
Approximately 70 percent of your immune system is found in your gut, which makes this tasty soup an immune all-star. The prebiotics in sunchokes essentially "feed" the good bacteria in your gut, helping to support your immune health. Plus, the Swanson Natural Goodness Lower Sodium Chicken Broth ($2) is a great way to amp up the protein in this soup.
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Vegetable, Beef, and Barley Soup
Beefy soups are satisfying and surprisingly good for your immune system. Beef is a natural source of vitamin B12 and zinc — two nutrients that can help keep you in fighting shape. When you combine the chunks of meat with the base of Swanson Beef Broth ($2), it creates a hearty, protein-rich meal. Barley contains many B vitamins, too, making this recipe doubly good for you.
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