From chopping the vegetables to stirring the pot, brewing a bubbling, homemade batch of soup can be a soothing act of meditation.
Soup has many healing properties—both unexplainable and scientifically proven. Toss in a few superfood ingredients and you can winterize your immune system in the most delicious of ways. Here are three souper recipes to fend off the fall chill and cold season and see you through to the spring thaw.
Instead of subjecting yourself to the brash, eye-poppingly pungent qualities of raw garlic, discover how garlic’s tacky cloves go silky and sultry when gently cooked in this soup recipe. And it’s no coincidence that garlic season and cold season coincide. The compounds in garlic have been shown to boost the disease-fighting response of white blood cells in the body when they encounter viruses.
This soup is all cozy and comforting, while bursting with refreshing flavors that will transport you somewhere a little more tropical and exotic than Michiana. Ginger—which is antibacterial, prevents nausea, and soothes an upset stomach—is a main player as well as ginger’s cousin, turmeric, which makes a strong showing and boasts anti-inflammatory properties that boost immunity.
Put a twist on the usual butternut squash soup by adding a French-ified version of curry—a subtle, well-rounded spice that enhances, rather than masks the other flavors profiles in the soup. The fenugreek in most French curry blends is considered a digestive aid that helps prevent bloating and nausea and this soup is also loaded with a colorful array of vegetables packed with all the vitamins your immune system craves.
Bonus: All of these soups are built on a foundation of chicken broth. Proven to be more than just a folk remedy, the wisdom passed down by mothers and grandmothers for generations rings true in a number of studies showing that chicken broth supports the immune system and can decrease the duration and intensity of colds.