Colder weather is upon us, which means immune support is probably on all of our minds. Ahead, we’re sharing an immune-supporting soup recipe that’s not only packed with superfood ingredients but all the warming and comforting foods we crave this time of year.
So, if comfort food is what you’re craving as the weather starts to cool off, add this soup to your meal prep day — it’s sure to nourish your body and soul.
First, let’s take a look at the ingredients that make this the ultimate nourishing immune-supporting soup.
Over the last couple of years, bone broth has certainly boomed in popularity, but here’s the thing — it’s been around for a long time! In fact, there’s a good chance that your grandmother made bone broth to use in homemade soups. There’s a reason why we all associate homemade chicken noodle soup with comfort when we’re feeling run down, and much of this may have to do with the nutrient-rich broth.
But, it’s really bone broth we want here, not the chicken broth we find in cartons that have been sitting on grocery store shelves.
The thing that makes bone broth so great is its gut-supporting properties, and supporting gut health is essential for supporting a healthy immune system. Bone broth is rich in the amino acid glutamine, which studies have shown plays an important role in supporting our intestinal barrier.
Since a large part of our immune system actually resides in the gut, there’s never been a better time to add some gut-supporting foods to our diet.
Garlic has long been known for its immune-supporting properties, hence why you’ll find lots of it in this immune-supporting soup. Research has shown that garlic may help support the immune system through stimulating important immune cells.
In addition to enjoying garlic in this delicious immune-supporting soup, here are some other yummy ways to enjoy garlic this season.
- Make homemade garlic bread using roasted garlic, gluten-free bread, and ghee (yum!)
- Add minced garlic to homemade tomato sauce.
- Try adding garlic to homemade salad dressing for an added flavor and nutrient boost.
We often hear about turmeric as it relates to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, but this superfood spice does oh so much more! Studies have also shown turmeric to hold some pretty impressive immune-supporting properties too, which is why you’ll find turmeric in this yummy cold weather pumpkin immune-supporting soup.
Anti-inflammatory Immune-Supporting Bone Broth Pumpkin Soup
Ready to make a batch of this nourishing soup to not only help show your immune system some love but also satisfy all those comfort food cravings? Not only is this soup easy to make, but it’s also:
- 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 4 cups chicken, turkey, or beef bone broth
- ½ cup pure pumpkin puree
- ½ tsp ground turmeric
- 1 cup full-fat unsweetened coconut milk
- Sea salt & cracked black pepper to taste
- Coconut oil for cooking
Add the coconut oil to a large stockpot over low/medium heat and add the chopped garlic and onion. Saute for about 3 minutes.
Add the broth, pumpkin, and turmeric, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and add the coconut milk, salt, and pepper. Using an immersion blender, blend until creamy. Alternatively, you can also add the soup to a high-speed blender and blend until creamy.
Pour into a serving bowl and enjoy!
Here’s to a Healthy Season
Germy season is upon us, so it’s more important than ever to nourish the body with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. But, in addition to enjoying plenty of immune-supporting foods and a nourishing, nutrient-dense diet, there are plenty of other things you can do to help protect your immunity this season — and not only now, but all year long!
- Try these comforting drinks that are perfect for “sick season”
- Challenge yourself to do a 5-minute daily meditation to help reduce stress
- Exercise regularly
- Get enough sleep
Here’s to a healthy and happy fall and winter season!