4. Celery


Celery is one of my must-have soup ingredients for a few reasons. First, it is rich in properties that reduce water weight and aid in reducing inflammation and pain. Second, it is great to eat when you’re physically or mentally stressed since it reduces blood sugar and blood pressure tremendously. I even like adding a little chopped raw celery on top of cooked soup for a crunchy, slightly salty topping too. To use celery in a soup recipe, use about 1 whole stalk chopped, and feel free to use the leaves too! They add a nice flavor to soup that you can puree with a stick blender or pop into your blender if you’re not into eating the leaves whole. Celery adds a nice, hearty flavor to soup and I find that mixed with onions, carrots and garlic, it makes a perfect veggie broth too!

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