Vegan Healing Soup For Cold And Flu Season

Chicken noodle soup has a reputation for being the very best option when you’re suffering from a cold or flu. And while it is a restorative and comforting meal when you’re under the weather, it’s not the only option. Vegan soup when sick can be just as healing. A vegan diet offers several delicious cold-fighting soups that will have you almost looking for an excuse to make them!

Is Vegetable Soup Good For Colds?

Yes, vegetable soup is fantastic when you’re ailing from a cold or flu! Not only is it healing, but the warm liquid soothes your raw, sore throat better than any cough drop can. And soup made entirely from vegetables is a tasty, hearty vegan soup when sick.

A proper diet is essential for maintaining your health, and vegetables are a large part of eating healthy. Whether you’re feeling perfectly fine or a little sniffly, you need essential vitamins and minerals from veggies. Some veggies include vitamins that provide a sick body with extra doses of fortifying ingredients that battle your germs and send them running.

Ingredients That Boost Your Immunity

One of the best parts of making your own vegetable soup is its versatility. You can pick and choose which ingredients you prefer based on your taste. However, some elements work harder at healing your body than others, so you may want to make your choices based on their powers.

Carrots

Loaded with beta-carotene, which is essential for your body’s mucus membrane. This membrane lines your respiratory tract and can prevent pesky germs from invading your bloodstream.

Celery 

Loaded with Vitamin C, one of the greatest germ fighters your body can employ. In addition, your immune system is more robust with Vitamin C.

Coconut oil 

A jack of all trades, with countless benefits. However, in terms of immunity, it serves as an antiviral and antibacterial and defends your body from common winter illnesses.

Garlic 

Rich in both Vitamins A and C and is a natural decongestant. It can also act as an expectorant and even reduce your cold symptoms when ingested at the beginning of your infection.

Ginger root 

One of the hardest working plants we incorporate into our diet. It is antiviral, antibacterial, anti-micobial, and antiinflammatory. Yet, it does everything from curing nausea to opening up respiratory passages and can naturally reduce pain and fever.

Lemons 

They provide citrus, and are the best-known source for Vitamin C. Here’s an excellent way to incorporate it into your soups. It’s superb for digestion and provides loads of antioxidants. 

Onions 

Another tremendous anti-inflammatory. When your nasal and throat passages are in pain from your virus, they’re inflamed and need to be calmed.

Turmeric 

A natural anti-inflammatory, as with many others on this list, and is full of antioxidants. But this item is unique because it is also an effective, natural painkiller and can speed up your body’s healing.

Veggie Soup And Broth For Mega Immunity

For an extremely simple soup recipe that will get your whole family through cold and flu season, all you really need is some vegetable soup and a slew of your favorite veggies. The best part of this soup is how incredibly versatile it is. You get to decide what goes in it! If you dislike a particular veggie, or are out of another, leave it out.

And you couldn’t ask for a more straightforward recipe, either. Grab your trusty stockpot and fill it nearly full with water, leaving space for your vegetables. After choosing which ingredients you want for your perfect soup, chop them and toss them in.

Bring the water to a boil, then lower it to a simmer. Cover the stockpot, and leave it on the stove for at least two hours. You want your veggies to soften.

Before you eat, remove any ginger root or lemon rinds floating in your soup. Enjoy the soothing warmth of this vegan soup when sick or healthy; it’s perfect year-round. 

Creamy Soups For Comfort

Soup is one of the best ways to soothe yourself when feeling crummy. However, sometimes you really want some rich comfort food, too. For example, a broth may be excellent for your burning throat but may not seem filling enough.

It is possible to find the happy middle ground here! Being on a vegan diet does not mean you have to give up on delicious treats. Here’s a marvelous trick for indulging in creamy goodness without using cream.

In a large pot, sautee ½ onion, three cloves of garlic, and ¼ tsp turmeric in a tablespoon of olive oil. Next, chop a variety of your favorite veggies; some excellent ingredients are carrots, celery, potatoes, cauliflower, zucchini. Add them to your mixture and sautee until all ingredients are softened. 

Next, squeeze in lemon juice, coating the sauteed vegetables. Then add 4 cups of vegetable broth, either store-bought or homemade will work—season with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper (to clear out the sinuses). Bring to a boil.

After the vegetables are all soft and the mixture has had time to simmer, it’s time to puree your soup. Either pour the entire pot into a blender or use an immersion blender; puree until the whole mixture is smooth and creamy. Put the soup back onto the stove to heat, then serve.

Quick, Canned Options

When you feel genuinely lousy, it’s understandable that you aren’t likely to be interested in working in the kitchen. On the days when getting out of bed is too much of a struggle, canned soup feels like a blessing.

The good news is that you can still have vegan soup when sick and unable to cook for yourself. There are some excellent vegan soup options that you can buy right off the shelf. Amy’s Kitchen Organic Soups have a wide range of vegan offerings that taste almost as good as homemade. Progresso and Campbell’s also have a surprising selection of tasty, vegan items.

Final Thoughts

When you are battling nasty germs and need to feel better quickly, a steaming bowl of soup has many healing properties. The warmth comforts you and soothes away aches and pains, and the right ingredients can also fight off your virus. 

A variety of vegetables and spices will bring you many vitamins to help you feel human again more quickly.

Brett White
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