Your throat starts to feel scratchy, your body starts to feel sore, and you know it’s coming. The dreaded cold you’ve been hoping to avoid this cold weather season is here, and you need a comforting remedy to kick it. Cough syrup and plenty of rest will help, but it’s what you eat during this sick time that can really help to heal you from the inside out. While chicken soup is the classic cold-busting remedy (and of course we’ve got a recipe for that), perhaps you want to try something different to soothe those cold-ridden bones.
Whether it’s a hot tea or cocktail, an immune-boosting smoothie, or a spicy bowl of ramen, getting those immune-boosting ingredients and warm, savory broths into your body is the real remedy you need. Check out our guide for 15 recipes for when you have a cold, guaranteed to help you fight off even the nastiest of colds and hopefully protect you from anymore in the future.
Cold Fighting Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken soup is a classic remedy for the common cold, and this recipe is no exception. The garlic, ginger, and lemongrass in this soup works overtime to keep you warm and cozy and kick that cold for good.
50 minutes 300 calories Easy
Hot Toddy for a Cold
A hot toddy is great on a cold night but even better when you’ve got a cold that needs to be soothed. Mix up this warm cocktail that is far more enjoyable than cough syrup and will make you feel better faster.
5 minutes 242 calories Easy
Cold Busting Soup
if you’ve got some homemade bone broth chilling in your refrigerator or freezer, now is the time to use it. In addition to its immune-boosting properties, it is the perfect base for this soup packed with lemon, cayenne pepper, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes that will decrease the strength of your cold.
50 minutes 134 calories Easy
Ginger Lemon Honey Tea
Every ingredient in this homemade tea has properties that will help to soothe your cough or cold and kick it for good. Make a big batch of this when the cold weather moves in and keep it in the fridge so you can heat it up quickly when your throat starts to feel scratchy.
10 minutes 165 calories Easy
Homemade Spicy Ramen with Tofu
Everything about this homemade ramen is guaranteed to soothe that nasty cold, from the slippery noodles all the way to the soft-boiled egg. The spicy miso broth is crucial for clearing out your sinuses and bringing you back to healthy self.
25 minutes 719 calories Easy
Spicy Vegan Lentil Soup
This simple soup comes together quickly using mostly pantry ingredients, meaning even on your sickest of days you can mix up this spicy soup without much thought.
55 minutes 366 calories Easy
Roasted Carrot Soup
Not only is this carrot soup warm and comforting for your body, it’s healthy too. Vegan and gluten-free, this soup requires just a handful of ingredients and is easy to whip up.
40 minutes 337 calories Easy
White Chicken Chili
Hearty and satisfying, this chili is lighter than the traditional beef and tomato-based version, and can be enjoyed all-year round. Freeze portions that you can heat up in no time on days when you need something to warm you up.
50 minutes 383 calories Easy
Pesto Bolognese Lasagna
If your body needs a healthy boost of greens, this lasagna is the answer. The slow cooked Bolognese sauce makes this lasagna rich, satisfying, and oh so delicious.
1h 45m 400 calories Easy
Sometimes the best remedy for a cold is something spicy to chase it away. These chicken enchiladas come together quickly and pack a serious punch with the homemade sauce slathered on top.
1h 00m 390 calories Easy
Cold Buster Smoothie
Packed with plenty of immune boosting ingredients, this smoothie comes together in just 10 minutes to pick you up if you’re feeling under the weather.
10 minutes 374 calories Easy
Flu Buster Vegetable Soup
Chase those cold and flu germs away for good with this healthy and hearty vegetable soup that just so happens to be delicious, too.
35 minutes 57 calories Easy
Immune-Boosting Vegetable Soup and Broth
Whether you’re feeling under the weather, are hoping to prevent a cold from coming, or are just craving a warm bowl of soup, this immune-boosting veggie-packed soup is an ideal meal.
2h 15m 88 calories Easy
Immunity Boost Juice
If your cold is keeping you from doing much more than making a glass a juice, that’s okay. This immunity boosting juice is easy to mix up and packed with antioxidants and vitamin C to bring you back to life.
10 minutes 105 calories Easy
Vegan Healing Soup
Nourish your body and mind with a healing bowl of this soup, which is gluten and oil-free and packed with healthy and immune-boosting ingredients to kick your cold or prevent you from even getting one.
25 minutes 145 calories Easy