Recipe: The perfect winter soup that will clear your skin and prevent colds

-Nov 15, Hannah Hargrave , Nutrition -

If the sniffles are setting in and your skin’s looking run down, blitz up a bowl of this flu-fighting, skin brightening garlic based vegetable soup.

It can be tricky to escape coming down with a cold at this time of the year and the chilly weather doesn’t do a whole lot of good for your skin either. But rather than dive under the covers and disappear until you look and feel better you could head to the kitchen to boil up a batch of immune boosting garlic soup.

As an alternative to meat eaters’ magic chicken soup this vegetarian option packs a punch too. Since it’s loaded with garlic it naturally improves your immune system. not to mention it’s flavourful too.

Related: The simple celery based soup French women eat to stay clear-skinned

In addition, garlic can do wonders for your skin as it reduces swelling and inflammation and its antibacterial properties can help keep acne at bay.

The team of tasty vegetables go a long way towards your five a day and with skin-clearing celery in the mix you can expect a bright, glowing complexion.

Mushrooms also have surprising benefits for the skin, keeping it plumped up and hydrated.

And don’t forget the all singing, all dancing dash of turmeric, known for it’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components too.

Related: How to use turmeric for beautiful skin

Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients for 5 servings

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 large onion – chopped

1 large stick of celery – finely chopped

5 gloves of garlic – chopped or minced

6 mushrooms – finely chopped

1/2 cup quinoa

1/4 cup coriander – chopped

1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder

6 cups of vegetable stock

salt and pepper to season


1. Heat the oil in a pan

2. Add the onions, turmeric and garlic

3. Add the carrots, celery, mushrooms and coriander and fry for two minutes

4. Rinse the quinoa and add to the pan

5. Add the vegetable stock

6. Season and cook for 20 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked. It’s that simple!

For an added kick sprinkle on some chili flakes. Serve up with a warm piece of bread or snuggle up on the sofa with a warm cup of soap instead.

If you’re looking for more tips to avoid getting bunged up with a cold this winter try these immune boosting tips and learn other ways you can naturally heal and prevent colds too.

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