best soup when sick: 05 soothing soups to eat when feeling sick

When you’re in the clutches of a nasty cold, battling the flu, or simply weathering a rough patch of illness, few things provide as much solace as a comforting bowl of soup. It’s the warmth, the aroma, and the way it seems to soothe both body and soul that makes soup a tried and true remedy for the unwell. But not all soups are created equal, and choosing the right one can make all the difference.

why soup is good when you are feeling under the weather

You may have grown up with parents, grandparents, or a guardian who ALWAYS seemed to feed you a warm bowl of delicious soup whenever you were feeling sick as a child. And guess what? It never fails to make you feel better!
But why is that? 
Well, there’s some pretty cool science behind why soup is the best go-to meal when you’re sick.
eating soup and chilis can help prevent cold and flu season symptoms during peak flu season. Even though soup ingredients like vegetables can lose some nutritional value while boiling, including your favorite veggies in a soup is a great way to include healthy vitamins like vitamin c, and minerals in your diet. 
The sodium in soup is known to help ease sore throat pain, as sodium helps clear up nasal congestion as well as sinus pressure.

05 best soups when sick: try these soothing soups 

1. butternut squash soup

Mmm, creamy, soothing delicious soup–an excellent pantry staple! We love this perfect soup so much that we wrote a whole blog post singing its praises.

Butternut squash vegetable soup is a delicious and incredible source of fuel and plant-based goodness, perfect for the cold weather.

Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory spice that’s good for digestion, while carrots, onions, and garlic provide a triple dose of veggie power. Not to mention this vegetable soup it’s vegan, gluten-free, AND dairy-free!

Like all Proper Good soups, our butternut squash hearty soup is ready in just 90 seconds. Perfect as a wintertime meal, you can just throw this flue fighter in the microwave as a mid-day lunch or an on-the-go dinner!

2 .red pepper meatball

This convenient and tasty soup with red pepper flakes option is seriously packed with flavor and lots of yummy, protein-rich meats! This soup checks several boxes: filling, delicious, and keeps you full. 


A Proper Good customer, Andrea, said, “Many of the premade soups I have tried leave something to be desired and lack in meat. With Proper Good, there was an abundance of meatballs in my soup. My son, who is not a fan of soups, really enjoys eating these soups.

Well, we could not have said it better!

Not to mention that our red pepper meatball soup can be used to make this scrumptious ziti recipe. You just need 1 pouch of Proper Good soup, pasta, plus tomato sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella cheese … that’s it! Easy meal prep for parents that the kids will LOVE!

Tip: For extra flavor add more red pepper flakes.

3. chicken noodle soup

Nothing brings back precious childhood memories quite like chicken noodle soup! Commercials like this one feature a warm big bowl of chicken soup with the coziest, most comforting fireplace … and for good reason! 

Chicken noodle soup from Proper Good is a modern, elevated dish from the one you knew and loved as a kid. Packed with healthy components like turmeric, ginger, and collagen, this chicken soup even has a bone broth base which makes it a great recipe. Not to mention the ultra-filling egg noodles and carrot + onions! A match made in heaven. 😉

While chicken noodle soup is tasty enough to enjoy by itself, if you’re craving a topping, you can try crushed tortilla chips on top for an extra-crunchy touch of fresh lemon juice for an extra flavor kick!

4. vegetable minestrone

Minestrone is a thick, steamy Italian soup. It most often includes pasta or rice (brown rice works just fine) … sometimes even both. Minestrone vegetable soup is loaded with heart-healthy veggies like kidney beans, onions, celery, carrots, and tomatoes.

Vegetable minestrone is just what our vegetarian friends were expecting. However, Proper Good has a deeeelicious meatball minestrone if you’re craving that extra delicious serving of protein!

Packed with 20 grams of delicious protein, our favorite comfort food, our meatball minestrone features grass-fed bone broth, too. Avocados or a hard-boiled egg are tasty topping options!

5. tomato basil soup

Tomatoes are filled with amazing health benefits. They’re particularly rich in the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. 

Tomato basil vegetable soup mixes this superfood with basil, which is an herb-y superfood in its own right! Basil can help protect against infection, lower blood sugar and cholesterol, and ease joint pain.

Tomato basil soup is a simple dish and easy to make! This easy soup recipe from the Food Network and Ina Garten breaks down the process into just 2 easy steps. 

One quick cooking tip: some people like this soup hot while others enjoy it cold. Try it both ways to see which you enjoy more!

We personally prefer a warm soup.

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