Nobody likes battling a winter cold, or catching the virus going through the neighborhood or office. But even if you’re diligent about keeping healthy, sometimes you find yourself sick in the middle of winter, with nothing but Netflix and sweatpants to comfort you. Well, Netflix, sweatpants, and soup, of course.
We’re big believers in the power of a warm bowl of soup on a chilly day, so whether you’re homesick or just craving some comfort food, here’s our go-to guide for the best soups to eat when your kindergartener, coworker, or spouse gives you their (man) cold
1. Chicken Noodle Soup
It’s a classic for a reason, not only does chicken noodle soup taste great, it really can help your body recover from cold and flu symptoms. The broth keeps you hydrated and helps open up your respiratory tract, while vitamin-rich veggies help boost your immune system.
2. Asian-Inspired Zoodle Flu Buster Soup
Flavorful and full of texture, this zoodle noodle soup gets its great flavor from the anise seed, cumin, and five-spice powder added to the soup’s base. More importantly, these spices are all high in antioxidants to help strengthen the immune system.
3. Vegetable Soup
A hearty vegetable soup made with two servings of heart-healthy veggies and a whole garden’s worth of herbs, a good veggie soup is the perfect way to fight fatigue as your body recovers from an illness.
4. Butternut Squash Soup
Creamy and delicious, this is the perfect soup to eat while curled up in bed while recuperating with plenty of fluids and Netflix. But butternut squash also has a secret identity as a superfood—it contains cucurbitacins, an anti-inflammatory compound that helps fight viruses and bacteria.
5. Tomato Soup
The ultimate comfort food on a cold day, or just a day you’re fighting a cold. While there’s no evidence suggesting that pairing tomato soup with a grilled-cheese sandwich cures anything in particular, we can confirm that it’s very good for the soul, and very delicious.
6. Coconut Curry Soup
This recipe from Just spicy enough to help clear the sinuses, and full of garlic and ginger, two ingredients known to help with just about anything, from upset stomachs to lingering coughs. Added bonus, it only takes 15 minutes to make!
Worried about a college student far from home and unable to enjoy a bowl of chicken noodle soup made with grandma’s secret recipe? Or a long-distance friend trying to survive January with a house full of sick kiddos? Send someone a get-well-soon care package complete with one of our home-style soups, freshly baked crusty rolls, and sweet-tooth satisfying cookies. We might not make it through the winter without taking a sick day, but we can make it through Netflix and fever and chills season, all thanks to soup.