Many parts of India are having to combat seasonal influenza at present. Many people are at risk of becoming sick with the flu. According to experts, the symptoms of this viral attack range from coughing and sore throat to fever and body ache. Each person's reaction to the virus will be different and it is advised to consult a doctor regarding exact medication and diet. During such times, it is always a good idea to opt for healthy foods that will boost your immunity - whether you have the flu or not. If you have a cold and/or a cough, you might also require soothing hot liquids. This is why we have put together a list of healthy soup recipes that you can easily try at home.
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Here Are 6 Healthy Soup Recipes For The Flu Season | Easy Soup Recipes To Boost Immunity:
1. Carrot Ginger Soup
This soup infuses nutritious vegetable stock with the goodness of carrots and ginger. Carrots are rich in vitamins A, C and B6, which can help improve your immune response. Ginger is loaded with antioxidants and minerals that can help infections at bay. Furthermore, its anti-inflammatory properties make it an effective home remedy for cold and cough. This soup also includes pepper and garlic, which can also bring relief. Click here for the full recipe for Ginger Carrot Soup
2. Tomato Peppercorn Clear Soup
If you like tomato soup, check out this version. This clear soup derives its distinctive flavour from peppercorns, ginger and cinnamon. Pepper has long been considered a great remedy for flu symptoms. This everyday spice has many antiviral and antibacterial properties. As for tomatoes, their vitamin C and lycopene content make them champions of immune health. As this is a clear soup and not a creamy one, it is light on your stomach and would not be too rich for your system to digest. This soup is super simple to make and will be ready in half an hour. Check out the full recipe for Tomato Peppercorn Soup here.
3. Mixed Vegetable Soup
This classic soup is a must-have in any season. It is packed with a range of nutrients derived from the many veggies it uses: peas, carrots, tomatoes, french beans, etc. More can be added as required. This simple soup does not have complex flavours: just some salt, pepper and cumin powder. It is a wholesome meal in itself and perfect for when you want a comforting broth to relieve your cough and aches. Click here for the full recipe for Mixed Vegetable Soup.
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4. Garlic Soup Recipe
If you're craving the lovely flavour of garlic, this soup is for you. The best thing about this recipe is that it leaves the choice of veggies up to you. So just use whatever's in your fridge: carrots, cabbage, onion, peas, corn, etc. Garlic contains certain healthy sulfuric compounds that help strengthen your immune system. It is also loaded with many other nutrients that have antibacterial properties. Click here for the full recipe.
5. Thukpa Soup
This Tibetan noodle soup is a warm bowl of tasty and healthy broth. If you're looking for a different kind of chicken soup, you must try out this one. Making a purely vegetarian Thukpa soup is also possible. Click here for the veg recipe. Both versions require everyday ingredients: onion, carrots, spring onions, beans, broth and basic spices. While some recipes call for the use of chilli sauce and soya sauce, you can choose to not add them if they irritate your throat. The rest of the seasonings will ensure that the soup remains delicious! Click here for the recipe for Chicken Thukpa Soup
6. Sweet Potato Soup/ Shakarkandi Soup
Sweet potatoes contain carotenoids, anthocyanins, vitamins, and potassium. These help boost your immunity and prevent inflammation. Sweet potatoes are also considered good for your gut. This recipe uses Thai curry paste as a flavour, but you can choose to exclude it if you prefer a lighter version. The soup remains a great source of nutrients as it also contains carrots and coconut milk. Click here for the full recipe
These soups are a good way to stay healthy and protect your immune system from viral attacks. Stay safe and eat right!
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