There's nothing quite like a warming bowl of soup in the wintertime. When it's cold outside, your body naturally craves grounding, hearty meals that can really stick to your bones and provide support. So, adding a few soups to your winter recipe cookbook will keep your immune system high and your body comfortable.
Plus, soups are incredibly versatile. Whether you're looking for something cream-based, vegetable-based, or meat-focused with a lot of depth in flavor and texture, there's never a shortage of delicious recipes to choose from. And, to further enhance those flavors, you should try adding different superfoods, like spices and alliums, to the mix. (For inspiration, try this creamy zucchini superfood soup for a warming weeknight meal.)
While you're used to eating superfoods as snack bites, in smoothies, and even in desserts, they also work well in soups, to offer a new twist on classic recipes, like tomato soup. Here are 5 different ways to incorporate superfoods into soups.
Sweet Potato & Maca Soup
This soup uses the powers of maca to help re-vitalize the body and improve focus, and the addition of sweet potato, for antioxidants to improve skin and brain health, and green harissa, for a spicy kick, certainly don't hurt. What's more, [maca has been touted for its aphrodisiac benefits](https://www.leaf.tv/videos/11-super-foods-to-add-to-your-smoothies/), as well, so you might want to cook this up when making dinner for date night.
Get the recipe: Sweet Potato & Maca Soup with Green Harissa
Healing Turmeric Cauliflower Soup
Turmeric is a major super food known for its anti-inflammatory benefits and its spicy nature that will boost the metabolism. What's more, turmeric can also improve cognitive health and prevent decline, as it's loaded with antioxidants to prevent aging and to power the brain. This soup is vegan and filled with protein, thanks to lentils, cauliflower, and almond milk.
Get the recipe: Healing Turmeric Cauliflower Soup
Ginger And Turmeric Carrot Soup
This soup also takes advantage of turmeric's superpowers, but it also uses ginger, as well, to really give you that nutritional bang for your buck. Ginger is a tremendous anti-inflammatory and can improve your immune system. What's more, it also fights nausea and migraines, so it's not a bad idea to carry ginger candies with you during the day. This soup has the perfect balance of sweet and spicy to warm you up.
Get the recipe: Ginger And Turmeric Carrot Soup
Beet + Leek Soup
Beets are a major superfood, as they improve endurance and supply energy to better your body and keep your brain sharp. And, this recipe also uses coconut milk for texture and healthy fats that can protect your heart, in moderation. A whole serving is only 390 calories, so you can feel great when sipping this down.
Get the recipe: Beet + Leek Soup
Green Goddess Immune Boosting Soup
There's no need to stop at just one superfood when you can throw in a bunch. This soup is teeming with good-for-you antioxidants and nutrients to keep you healthy this winter. Wasabi helps alleviate congestion, chicken stock and cayenne boost your immune system. And, don't forget a few others: ginger, garlic, coconut milk...the list goes on.
Get the recipe: Green Goddess Immune Boosting Soup
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