How To Add Flavor And Nutrients To Chicken Soup

Chicken soup is a healthy and tasty meal. However, with a little effort you can add nutrients and flavor to your favorite traditional chicken soup recipe. These simple tips will help you make big changes.

Root Vegetables to Add to Your Soup

Most traditional chicken soup recipes contain celery, carrots, and onions. You can amplify the nutritional value of your bowl of soup by adding a few root vegetables. Consider adding:

  • Turnips – Turnips provide vitamins C, B6, and E, as well as riboflavin, fiber, folic acid, manganese, pantothenic acid, and copper. They also offer thiamine, potassium, niacin, and magnesium.
  • Parsnips – Parsnips provide a good source of vitamins C, B6 and E, as well as fiber, folic acid, pantothenic acid, copper, and manganese.  They also offer a very good source of niacin, thiamine, magnesium, and potassium.
  • Sweet potatoes or yams – Yams have manganese, potassium and fiber. They are also a good source of vitamins B1, B6, and C.
  • Radishes – Radishes provide vitamin C and are also a good source of calcium.

Vegetables to Add to Your Soup

In addition to the traditional carrots and celery, both of which are very healthy, you can add other vegetables. Doing so adds flavor and increases the nutritional value of each spoonful. Consider adding:

  • Red or green peppers – Peppers provide vitamin B6, C, and K, beta-carotene, thiamine, and folic acid.
  • Leeks and Ramps – Leeks, garlic and onions are a good source fiber, folic acid, vitamins B6 and C, manganese, and iron.
  • Mushrooms – mushrooms provide copper, potassium, zinc, and selenium. They also provide an abundance of B vitamins.
  • Spinach – Spinach contains myriad vitamins and nutrients including vitamins C, K, B1, B6, and E as well as folic acid, manganese, iron, and magnesium.
  • Kale – Kale provides an excellent source of vitamins B6, B1, B2, E, and C, as well as manganese fiber, iron, copper, and calcium.
  • Cabbage – Cabbage provides vitamin C and B6 as well as folic acid, potassium, calcium, biotin, magnesium, and manganese.
  • Collards – Collard greens are said to have anti-cancer properties. They’re packed with vitamin C, B1, B2 and E and are a very good source of fiber, and several minerals, including iron, copper, and calcium.
  • Fennel – Fennel provides an excellent source of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber.  It’s a good source of folic acid, phosphorous, iron, calcium, magnesium, molybdenum, and manganese.


Some spices have a healing effect on the body. For example, ginger can be a digestive aid. Consider adding the following spices to your soup to increase the healing properties:

  • Dill – Dill has antibacterial properties and can help settle an upset stomach.
  • Cumin – Cumin has been used as a diuretic and to treat digestive problems.
  • Ginger – Ginger offers a wide range of nutritional and health benefits including lowering cholesterol levels and easing nausea.

Start with one or two ingredients and experiment with a variety of flavors. Traditional chicken soup is healthy and nutritious but a few simple additions can boost its health impact.

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