The Absolute BEST Soup For A Cold

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If you follow my posts on this blog or my Instagram account (@thehealthinvestment), you know that, when it comes to cooking, I like the simplest, easiest recipes! These are some of my favorites:

You also know that I like to fight colds by taking zinc acetate and avoiding antibiotics at all costs. Learn why in these prior posts:

What you haven’t known (until now!) is that I have a simple, easy, cold-fighting soup recipe!

The Absolute BEST Soup For A Cold

This soup is SO easy, delicious, and nutritious that you'll want to make it ALL the time...even when you're not sick!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish, Soup
Servings: 2
Author: The Health Investment

Ingredients

  • 2 cups broth (beef, chicken, or vegetable)*
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 3 cups vegetables (fresh or frozen), chopped into ½ inch pieces**
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric (liquid or powder)
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger OR ground ginger root
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled & roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce***
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Turn stove burner to high heat.
  • Throw everything but olive oil into a large pot; place on burner.
  • Bring to boil. Then, reduce to simmer.
  • Simmer until all vegetables are heated/cooked through and soft (about 15 minutes).
  • Using an immersion or regular blender, blend until smooth.
  • Divide soup into bowls; drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and any garnishes (like cilantro, green onions, pumpkin seeds, etc.)

Notes

*EPIC's Jalapeno Beef Bone Broth is my favorite (buy it on Amazon.com or thrivemarket.com).
**To learn why I usually cook with frozen veggies, read my prior post "Frozen Produce Is Just As Good (If Not Better!) As Fresh Produce."
***Some hot sauces are filled with crappy preservatives and sugar. Boo! I like Yellowbird's sauces because 1) they're delicious and 2) they only contain natural ingredients (buy them on Amazon.com or thrivemarket.com).

Why It Works:

Bone broth has been linked to improved immune function:

While ancient folk wisdom suggests that a hot cup of bone broth can help soothe the sick and cure the common cold, modern studies have confirmed that the components of bone broth can boost the immune system. For example, glycine receptors have been identified on the outer surface of several different types of immune cells. (7374) The effect is a dampening of the immune response, resulting in reduced inflammatory signaling molecules and oxidative stress that may reduce damage to lungs and other tissues. (75) The GAG heparan sulfate has been shown to influence B cell function, T cell function, and macrophage activity. (76)

Vegetables are just awesome since they contain essential vitamins and nutrients. (Duh!)

Turmeric, ginger, and garlic all possess anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.

And finally, spicy foods can help ease/clear nasal congestion. (Get those tissues ready!)

The salt, pepper, and olive oil will make your taste buds oh so happy and keep you coming back for more!

ENJOY (and feel better)!


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