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These 3 immunity-boosting vegetarian soups will keep you safe and warm this winter

Published on:16 December 2020, 19:01pm IST
Keep yourself well-hydrated and safe from infections this winter by noshing on the ultimate immunity-boosting foods for the winter—soups!
Dr Archana Batra
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Keep yourself warm with these soups. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

You don’t need to peep outside your windows to know that winter is here. As the mercury drops,  we need to put extra effort to boost our immune system. We have to prepare our bodies to cope up with the odds of this changing season. 

And while some foods go a long way in helping us stay safe from infections, it’s time to incorporate them into our diet to see the benefits. Here are some vegetarian soups which will improve your immune system this winter. 

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1. Carrot ginger soup

Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antioxidants properties in it which improves the immune system, thus preventing cold and cough. Carrots are filled with beta-carotene that keeps the infections away and improves eyesight. This tasty soup will definitely add the extra warmth on a cold winter evening. To increase the taste, you may add a bit of butter and Italian seasonings to it.

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Carrot is a great source of vitamin A. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Mixed vegetable soup

Green vegetables are an excellent source of different vitamins like A, C, E, and K along with minerals, fibres, antioxidants, and healthy fats. The best way to increase immunity is to have mixed vegetable soup every day. You can add vegetables of your choice like beans, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, peas, tomato, carrot, bell peppers, and onions. Adding cumin and curry leaves in this comforting soup will soothe your sore throat and cough.

3. Coconut and moong dal soup

This soup is packed with the nutrients of two immunity-boosting ingredients, i.e. coconut and moong dal. A rich source of protein, moong dal will prevent you from binge eating as it keeps the stomach full for a long time.

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Coconut milk is amazing for your skin and hair. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

On the other hand, coconut is rich in minerals. Addition of spices like turmeric, cloves, and black pepper in this soup will also save you from inflammation and flu. This recipe is very easy to make and you can find the ingredients in your kitchen very easily. You can also use coconut milk to thicken the soup.

Come winter, you get ample options when it comes to vegetables. You just need to pick up the right ingredients based on their nutrition value to increase the benefits of the soup. Soups are the best way to keep the body hydrated and to maintain the overall immune system. So, have as much variety of soups as you can this winter!

Dr Archana Batra Dr Archana Batra

Dr Archana Batra is a dietitian, physiotherapist, and a certified diabetes educator. Dr Archana has 12 years of experience in nutrition and diet counseling. She believes in maintaining healthy eating. Her specialization is on weight management diets and diets related to metabolic disorders like diabetes, high cholesterol levels, and hypertension etc.