Will Soup help a sore throat?
Myth or Fact?
Fact! A healthy chicken noodle soup can offer you more than comfort when under the weather. There are two main reasons for this: the heat works to soothe an irritated throat, and the broth helps to hydrate, which is especially important during illness (think of all the times you've been told to drink lots of water or tea when sick).
Not all soup is created equal.
When choosing your soup, you want to avoid a few key things:
A hearty, homemade chicken noodle soup is your best bet for a sore throat. With a healthy, nutrient-rich broth as the base, cooked vegetables, and soft noodles to keep you full without irritating your throat, it will comfort you while helping you heal.
For an even healthier option, look for soups that contain onions, garlic, ginger, and turmeric, which have lots of anti-inflammatory benefits, or even add your own mix to a more basic bone broth.
Not in the mood for soup?
If you're battling an illness but want something other than soup, popsicles are another great option since the cold works to numb the throat while also providing some extra hydration. Another hydrating option would be a caffeine-free tea, made even better with a bit of honey, which helps to coat the mucous membrane on the back of the throat (plus it tastes delicious).
If you're looking for some nutrient-rich soups to help bring you back to health, be sure to stop by the shop and check out what we've got cooking!
What is za'atar?
Let's talk about za'atar, our go-to spice mix, and the best way to liven up a simple meal.
Za'atar has a dynamic flavour profile– think earthy, savory, and tangy– that's sure to give your dish a much-needed pick-me-up, especially if you've grown tired of using the same seasonings every night. This spice mix has truly changed the game for us here at Toronto Soup Co.; it's a pantry staple and a fan favourite.
How do I use Za'atar?
Za'atar is a great, easy way to add flair to basic recipes– you can toss it on a chicken breast in place of lemon and garlic or throw it into a salad dressing. It also makes a great addition to favourite dips and sauces (hummus fans, za'atar is for you!) Traditionally, za'atar might be used in oil for dipping bread, or tossed onto labneh, and is often brushed on top of flatbread before baking. It's an incredibly versatile seasoning, with no limit on how you use it. Whether you want to pair it with some garlic or let it shine on its own, it's hard to go wrong with za'atar.
What makes ours so special?
Every chef has their own recipe for za'atar, making it with different combinations and quantities of spices, so it can be hard to find the one that is just right for you. And when it comes to store-bought varieties, there can be quite a lot of discrepancy between the quality of ingredients. In fact, many are made with fillers that greatly compromise the flavour. That's why we make our own at Toronto Soup Co.; that way, we guarantee the ingredients are fragrant and fresh.
By focusing on quality ingredients, we can feel good about what we are putting into our bodies and onto our plates. We make our za'atar in-house, using a tried and tested combination of SUMAC, OREGANO, THYME, MARJORAM, SALT.
Za'atar often also contains sesame seeds, we make two versions, one with and one without seasme, since we have a few fans who are allergic to sesame!
We love making soup that is both super tasty and healthy for your body soul. We use less salt than traditional restaurants do and focus on clean products and nutritional balance. Most of our soups are designed to be eaten as a meal, with a grain, a veggie, and protein in each soup.