14 Dec Chicken Vegetable Zoodle Soup
Nothing beats a delicious bowl of steamy soup on a chilly winter’s day especially if you are feeling under the weather. There are some nourishing properties in chicken soup that can really help ease cold and flu symptoms, they include:
- Ginger and garlic are both powerful anti-inflammatories and immune-supportive spices. The active ingredient allicin in freshly crushed garlic works as a natural antibiotic.
- Hot soup helps to thin out mucus. When we’re healthy our nasal mucus is clear and thin. During times of infection, mucus can thicken and encourages the growth of viruses and bacteria. A bowl of chicken soup can thin that mucus and help the body fight infection.
- Homemade chicken soup is hydrating and provides electrolytes that your body needs. When we run a fever, we can get dehydrated, which decreases our electrolytes.
- Tastes great! Soup is so nourishing and comforting and the perfect food to have when we are sick and need to get more fluids in.
This soup is filled with chicken, vegetables and zucchini noodles, also known as zoodles. Using zoodles is a great way to get in vegetables, boost fibre and its a perfect option for anyone who is gluten sensitive, or follows a low carb or grain free diet. The broth in this soup is super flavourful. I used a vegetable organic base which has less sodium than a bouillon cube. If you don’t have this base you can swap in no sodium vegetable broth. Of course, you can always make your own homemade broth or stock, but it’s nice to have options if you are pressed for time. I love adding a bit of acidity when the soup is done for a boost of flavour. You can use fresh lemon juice or vinegar – I used 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, feel free to use whatever vinegar you have on hand!