Do you want to make some soups that boost immunity? Food is medicine and these three recipes are perfect examples of that. The warming nature of soup recharges the digestive system which is important in fighting off illnesses. The digestive system is our defense system and this helps keep it working at its best. There are a few more reasons why these soups are supportive to the immune system. So, what is in a soup that boosts immunity?
Vegetables are arguably the healthiest foods that exist. You've probably never heard of a diet that says not to eat vegetables, have you? It's pretty much a given that vegetables are good for you. They are full of vitamins, minerals, and a long list of other health bearing nutrients. The first rule in eating healthy is to eat lots of vegetables (no matter what you are – vegan, paleo, gluten-free, etc.). Cooked vegetables are easy to digest which makes it much less work for the digestive system to assimilate them into the body.
#2 Bone Broth
Bone broth is an excellent source of minerals, like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium, and they are easily absorbed in this form. It’s also rich in glycine and proline, amino acids not found in significant amounts in muscle meat. Another benefit of bone broth is that it also contains chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, the compounds sold as supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis, and joint pain. When bone broth is made with soup bones or marrow bones it will also be a good source of gelatin which comes from the collagen, a protein found in connective tissue of vertebrate animals, including marrow, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. When making bone broth, be sure to use grass-fed organic beef and pastured organic chicken (if you can get your hands on some chicken feet, throw that in the broth for some added health benefits).
Garlic is full of health benefits, it is one of my top choices in immune boosting foods. I really use this stuff for everything. It's great to take garlic if you or your child feels sick but you don't know what it might be. Garlic is anti-everything – anti-viral, antibacterial, etc. that's why its always a good choice when you don't feel well. In the Winter, eat as much garlic as you can (my kids and I probably smell like garlic for half the winter but I don't care because it keeps us healthy). These soup recipes below all contain this health bearing food!
Bone Broth with Vegetables
- 6 cups bone broth
- 3 cups chopped vegetables – carrots celery, potato, mushroom, kale
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- sea salt to taste
- Heat broth in a stock pot, add chopped vegetables. Simmer until veggies are soft.
- 2 onions chopped
- 20 cloves garlic peeled and crushed
- 4 tbsp. grass fed butter or coconut oil
- 6 cups chicken bone broth
- 4-6 cups chopped veggies – anything you have on hand: carrots potatoes, celery, zucchini, parsnips, etc.
- 1 tsp. thyme
- sea salt to taste
Cauliflower Kale Soup
- 1 large head of cauliflower
- 5 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 bunch of kale
- 1 yellow onion
- 2 stalks celery
- 4 cloves garlic
- 7 cups vegetable stock or chicken bone broth
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