Catching a cold come fall and winter might seem like an inevitability, but that’s no reason to resign yourself to a sore throat or runny nose. Your food choices can help your body fight against those pesky germs—and what could be more cozy that curling up at night with a warm bowl of soup?
Not only are these recipes full of vitamins that will keep your immune system in good shape, they’re also delicious. Just don’t forget that flu shot either.
Standout ingredients: Kale, lemon, ginger, broccoli
Why you’ll love it: The sheer quantity of veggies in this soup is enough to put a little pep in your step, but the addition of cold-busting ingredients like ginger, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and cayenne pepper take it above and beyond.
Standout ingredients: Carrots, turmeric, ginger, garlic
Why you’ll love it: Consider this the perfect halfway point between your favorite grain bowl and a runny nose–curbing soup. Turmeric has an anti-inflammatory effect that will make your throat feel good—and also makes for a rich, soul-warming broth.
Standout ingredients: Spinach, green beans, peas, kale
Why you’ll love it: When the recipe is as simple and delicious as this one, it’s pretty easy being green. Garbanzo beans give this vegetable-centric soup satisfying texture—and don’t forget to top is off with herb-infused oil to make it taste a little more decadent.
Standout ingredients: Garlic, carrots, cremini mushrooms, kale
Why you’ll love it: Oats aren’t just for oatmeal! This garlicky, Arctic-inspired recipe has a sinus-clearing effect. Vitamin D–rich mushrooms help support a healthy immune system while also lending plenty of savory umami flavor.
Standout ingredients: Turmeric, okra, lima beans, green beans
Why you’ll love it: With six cups of assorted veggies, this soup couldn’t be any healthier. It’s easy to customize based on your favorite vegetables—its deep, turmeric-accented broth is versatile.
Standout ingredients: Sweet potatoes, kale, carrots
Why you’ll love it: This soups admittedly errs on the side of being decadent (both pancetta and cream lend it extra richness), but still, lacinato kale and sweet potatoes are rich in cold-fighting vitamin C. With a few simple alterations, you could make it vegan.
Standout ingredients: Chicken, Swiss chard, lemon, cannellini beans
Why you’ll love it: This isn’t your ordinary chicken soup—the addition of a jalapeño gives it an extra kick, while lemon brightens it up. Plus, the dark leafy greens will provide you with your fill of zinc—a crucial vitamin to keep sickness at bay. Superfoods are the only superheroes you need this winter.