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4 Wellness Ways to Help You Feel Better: Plus Syrian "Ades" Lentil Soup

by Beth Warren January 11, 2022

4 Wellness Ways to Help You Feel Better! (Plus! My Syrian "Ades" Lentil Soup Recipe)

Stay home and rest

I know, how can we stop life, right? But the reality with the types of sickness going around these days, your body needs serious rest to fully recover. Taking a few days off, as hard as it is (not speaking of the government mandates), will help mean you kick it for good instead of ending up back in bed the next week.



Make sleep a priority when you aren’t feeling well. Aim to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night, and don’t feel bad if you need to work in a 20 minute power nap during the day. Sleep is key for your immune system to function properly.


Stay hydrated

Illness can often cause dehydration. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids to keep your immune system going and prevent your symptoms from getting worse. Keep a water bottle by your bed and set reminders on your phone to make sure you’re drinking throughout the day. If your throat needs soothing, try drinking tea or broth as well.

Stock up on supplies

Stock up on hand sanitizer, teas, tissues, cough drops, reusable thermometers and gargling salt. Take it from me, you’ll be happy you did instead of feeling frazzled when something hits you hard.

Checkout this elevated Syrian Ades Soup recipe I made when I was feeling sick with little appetite! 

Syrian "Ades" Lentil Soup

A lentil soup with a mix of Syrian flavors


2.5 cups red lentils, split
1 small onion, in quarters
1 large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
1 small golden potato, peeled roughly chopped
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp all spice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Kosher salt and Black Pepper, to taste
2 Lemons, sliced for garnish
Fresh Parsley, for garnish


Rinse lentils well. Add to a large soup pot along with all the vegetables, seasonings and 12 cups of water (or at least 2-4 inches additional water on top of the lentil mixture). Boil for about 45 minutes, until lentils completely soften. Turn off heat and blend with hand mixer until a nice creamy texture is achieved. Garnish with desired lemon and/or parsley.

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