Food as Medicine

22 Sep

Now seems to be about the time of year when people’s immune systems start to wear down and they get sick.  It’s starts with the telltale sore throat and stuffy nose and from there can progress into flu like symptoms such as fever, chills and body aches.  Often your appetite can be suppressed when you’re not feeling well, but it is still important to eat and give your body the nourishment it needs to fight off the infection.  Soups are great for when you’re sick because they can soothe a sore throat and warm the body.

The other night my roommate and I were feeling under the weather, so I made this soup featuring ingredients and spices to boost the immune system and provide antioxidants.  In this soup I used plenty of garlic (which I use in almost all of my dishes anyways) because of it’s antibacterial and antiviral properties.  You don’t need to give me a reason to load up on the garlic!  Turmeric is another spice I added to this soup for it’s antioxidant goodness.  Turmeric contains a compound called curcuminoids which deliver antioxidants that are stronger than vitamin C.  It is a mild flavored spice so don’t be afraid to use it liberally.

This is a great and easy soup to make when you’re feeling under the weather and need a little bit of comfort food.  It’s alright if you don’t have the exact ingredients, you can add in any of your favorite vegetables or whatever you have on hand.


Flu Fighting Chickpea Noodle Soup

4 cups vegetable broth

3 carrots, sliced

3 stalks celery, sliced

1/2 red onion, diced

6 cloves garlic, minced

1 can chickpeas, drained

1 1/2 cups quinoa pasta noodles

Sea salt



  1. Place a small amount of coconut oil into a pot and add the garlic.  Cook until fragrant.
  1. Add in the rest of the ingredients and bring to a rolling boil.  Season to taste.
  1. Cook until vegetables are soft and noodles are al dente.


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