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Awesome Chicken Soup Alternatives for When You’re Sick

As delicious as a hot bowl of homemade chicken soup is when you have a cold, a person can only handle so much! If you’re sick for more than a few days, you might start craving other things than just chicken soup.

Check out these delicious recipes for meals and drinks that will also help to get you back on your feet!

1. Cleansing tea

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(Source: Bon Appetit)

Cinnamon, ginger, and herbs are the key to this super-detoxifying tea!

2. Red rice congee with chicken, kimchi, and mushrooms

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(Source: Bon Appetit)

Besides being packed with flavour, kimchi and mushrooms contain all kinds of immunity boosting nutrients.

3. Cough suppressing tea

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Sometimes a cough hangs on just long enough that you’re not comfortable taking cough medicine another day. Try this more natural remedy instead!

4. Lemony chicken and orzo soup

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(Source: Bon Appetit)

Okay, so technically this is still chicken soup, but talk about a delicious way to shake up the traditional flavour!

5. Simple grilled cheese

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(Source: Bon Appetit)

Do classic grilled cheese sandwiches have secret health benefits you didn’t know about? No. Are they a great way to re-introduce your system to solid foods if you’ve been too sick to eat? You bet! The bread is gentle and the cheese contains proteins that your body’s been lacking.

6. Quick miso soup

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(Source: Bon Appetit)

Miso soup is a great way to get all the benefits of chicken soup, but with a different flavour so you don’t go crazy eating too much of the same thing.

7. Lemon ginger “brew”

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Agave nectar keeps this “brew” tasting sweet even though it’s packed full of healthy anti-oxidant rich ingredients.

8. Spicy kimchi tofu stew

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(Source: Bon Appetit)

A little bit of spice might be just what your system needs! Try not to make your soup too spicy, but add just enough to clear your airways out.

9. Hot Toddy


(Source: Bon Appetit)

Hot toddy recipes are tried and true. Some people swear by them whether they’re sick or not!

10. Citrus prickly pear “elixir”

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(Source: Bon Appetit)

The citrus in this recipe gives you a quick shot of vitamin C, while the prickly pair is full of anti-oxidants!

11. Matzo Ball Soup


(Source: Bon Appetit)

You’ll get all the good things you’d have gotten from chicken soup… without having to eat yet another bowl of chicken soup!

12. Matcha latte


(Source: Bon Appetit)

Match green tea is full of immuno-friendly ingredients. Why not get healthy while you get your morning coffee fix?

13. Roasted tomato soup

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(Source: Bon Appetit)

Homemade tomato soup is delicious and nutrient rich (and it’ll suit that grilled cheese sandwich we were talking about earlier very nicely).

14. Rice pudding with fresh pears and honey

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(Source: Bon Appetit)

Being sick doesn’t mean you have to stay off the sweets forever- especially when the sweets are this packed full of healthy ingredients!

15. Lemon-thyme ice pops

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(Source: Bon Appetit)

Sometimes your throat is just too sore for much more than soup, but you still need to shake it up when it comes to flavour. Treat yourself to a nutrient-rich ice pop!

Do you know someone who’s been feeling under the weather? Share this post with them before their 100th bowl of chicken soup!