3 Best Soups to Boost the Immune and Respiratory System

Updated on May 15th, 2020
Immune Boosting soups

Soups are one of the best food items to treat the nose with z smell, mouth with taste, stomach with its digestion aiding abilities. They are a good source for hydrating the body, helps in preserving the nutritional value of ingredients, rich in taste, and also gives a sense of fullness.

Most soups are also good for the immune system. Besides, the warm nature of the soups also stimulates the movement of mucus, soothes the respiratory passages, and relieves congestions.

Immune Boosting Soups

Below listed are some of the best immune Boosting soups that you can try right away to soothe respiratory system, and also enrich the body with essential nutrients.

1. Mushroom and Kale Soup

Mushroom and Kale Soup
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The soup is perfect for any time during the year. The ingredients used in the soup work together and exhibit excellent antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.

Ingredients:

  • Coconut oil – 1tbsp
  • Yellow onion (chopped) – 1
  • Kale (Chopped) – 1 or 1/2
  • Celery stalks (sliced) – 2
  • Ginger (grated) – 1tbsp
  • Garlic cloves (minced) – 6
  • Sea salt – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric (ground) – 1 tsp
  • Water – 12 cups
  • Baby bok choy (bottoms removed) – 4
  • Shitake mushrooms (Chop off the bottom stem) – 1 pound

How to Prepare?

  • Take a large pot and put it on medium heat.
  • Add some coconut oil.
  • Add some onions and stir for 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic and let it sit for 1 minute.
  • Take the mushrooms and them to the pot.
  • Add celery to it and cook for 10 minutes. Stir it for every 2 or 3 minutes.
  • Add ginger and any spices that you wish, and add some water.
  • Bring it to boil and let it simmer for 45 minutes to one hour.
  • Add kale and bok choy 5 to 10 minutes before removing it from the heat.

Your mushroom and kale soup is now ready to serve.

2. Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup
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Chicken noodle soup is perfect for fight colds and also boosting the immune system. It also helps in relieving congestion and also a good source of vital nutrients.

  • Chicken thighs with bone – 2 1/2 pounds.
  • Chicken broth – 8 to 10 cups
  • Onions (chopped) – 1
  • Celery ribs (chopped) – 4
  • Carrots (chopped) – 4
  • Pepper – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Canola oil – 1 tbsp
  • Garlic clove (minced) – 1
  • Fresh thyme (minced) – 1 tsp
  • Fresh parsley (chopped) – 1 tbsp
  • Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
  • Noodles – 3 cups

How to Prepare?

  • Take a boiling container or a stockpot and heat it.
  • Dry the chicken with paper towels and sprinkle it with 1/2 tsp of salt and pepper.
  • Add chicken to the container with skin side down and cook it slowly until it turns golden brown.
  • After that, remove the chicken from the pot and then discard the skin.
  • Take 2 tbsp of drippings of that chicken from the pot and add onions to it.
  • Cook it until it turns tender and then add garlic and cook for one more minute.
  • Add broth to the pan and boil it.
  • Add the chicken back to the pan.
  • Add carrots, thyme, and celery.
  • Slow cook it for 30 minutes.
  • Now take the chicken and put it on a plate.
  • Add some noodles to the soup and let it sit for 5 to 20 minutes (can cook under slow heat).
  • Now, while the noodles are getting ready, remove the bones from the cooked chicken.
  • Shred them into small pieces and add them back to the pot.
  • Add lemon juice, parsley, salt, and pepper, and other seasons as per taste.

Your chicken noodle soup is now ready to be served.

3. Garlic Soup

Garlic itself is one of the best natural sources to boost immune health and prevent respiratory infections. Adding other nutritious vegetables to it makes it even more desirable for health.

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Ingredients:

  • Garlic cloves (minced) – 5
  • Carrot (chopped) – 1
  • Onion (chopped) – 1
  • Mushroom caps (chopped) – 5
  • Quinoa (rinsed) – 1/2 cup
  • Olive oil – 3 tbsp
  • Turmeric (powder) – 1/8 tsp
  • Vegetable broth – 5 cups
  • Red chili flakes – a handful
  • Coriander – a handful
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper – 1 tsp

How to Prepare?

  • Take a medium-sized pan and heat it.
  • Add some oil while the pan is slightly warm.
  • Add onions, red chili flakes, and stir it.
  • A minute later, add garlic and stir it.
  • Add salt to it.
  • Add carrots, coriander, and mushrooms to the pan and stir it for 5 minutes.
  • Add rinsed quinoa and vegetable broth to the pan.
  • Add little salt and pepper and slow cook it for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Now turn off the stove.
  • A minute or two later, add some more minced garlic and chopped kale to it.
  • Let it sit for a few minutes as it cools down, and the ingredients are mixed properly.

Now your garlic soup is ready to be served.

Conclusion

Fluids are generally good for keeping the body hydrated and proper flow of nutrients, which in turn enriches the immune system. On top of that, warm fluids such as soups add even more benefits. The soups mentioned above can help in enriching the immune system and also the respiratory system, which could keep the infections, especially viral infections at bay.

If you know of any such recipes that could boost the immune or the respiratory system, please feel free to share it in the below comment section.

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