The cold weather is settling in and it’s time to vamp up your vegetable intake to avoid getting sick. To keep healthy this winter, soup is a great way to fill the body with the carbohydrates, nutrients and minerals we crave in the cooler months. A heartwarming bowl of soup the perfect meal and all the fresh ingredients needed can be found easily at Your Local Fruit Shop. To help you stay healthy this winter we have compiled a list of five great winter soups and a few of their key health benefits.
For a bit of green goodness, Broccoli Super Soup by Sam Thaiday. Broccoli is high in chromium, folate and vitamin K. Chromium is a trace element that is crucial to metabolism. It facilitates insulin activity and regulates blood sugar by transporting glucose to cells. Folate works to reduce the risk of heart disease. It has been linked to brain, fetal and liver health. Vitamin K is essential for blood clotting and improves episodic memory in the brain.
A creamy mushroom soup always warms the heart. This take on mushroom soup is made with leeks which are known for their cardiovascular support. They contain high amounts of a flavonoid called kaempferol which protects the lining of blood vessels from damage. Leeks also contain high amounts of antioxidants which protects blood vessels and blood cells from damage.
Mushrooms have been used in traditional medicines due to their strong antibacterial properties. They are high in B vitamins which convert nutrients into usable energy and play a major role in neurotransmission. Mushrooms are high in selenium, an antioxidant that fights chronic disease and oxidative stress.
If you find that your diet is lacking the colour purple then this beetroot and lentil soup is the perfect pick-me-up. Beetroot is high in nitrates which have many positive effects on the body. These nitrates help to lower blood pressure, improve exercise stamina and improve muscle power. Beets are also high in antioxidants which fight unstable cells in the body. Furthermore, this vegetable is a great source of potassium which aids liver detoxification and maintains optimal muscle functioning as it stimulates the neural connection between muscles and the brain.
Lentils are a great source of protein and iron, making them a perfect meat substitute for vegetarians and vegans. Lentils are high in folate and copper as well as a trace mineral called molybdenum which is essential for the removal of a range of toxins from the body.
For something a little different, this Moroccan twist on cauliflower soup is a great way to go. Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable which contains a unique combination of plant compounds which may reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. It is high in vitamins C, K and B6. The B6 in cauliflower plays an essential role in healthy brain and nervous system functioning. It helps the body create serotonin which regulates mood and a chemical called norepinephrine which regulates stress levels.
Garlic has been used for centuries to combat sickness and reduce blood pressure. It has strong antioxidant properties and large amounts of manganese. The cumin in this recipe works to stimulate digestive glands, aiding metabolism. Paprika is extremely high in vitamin A, with one teaspoon containing almost half your daily intake requirement.
Gut health and bone broth are a hot topic in the health industry today. This classic chicken noodle soup is a great way to reap the benefits of homemade broth. The bone broth is full of essential vitamins and minerals that have been slowly extracted from both the bones and the vegetables over a long period of time. Homemade chicken broth is high in glucosamine and natural collagen which helps protect joints and promotes healthy skin and hair. It also helps to restore the gut lining as well as the growth of probiotics in the intestine. The broth is high in potassium which aids in liver detoxification.
The added carrots are high in beta-carotene which promotes eye health and celery is host to a range of antioxidants as well as vitamin K and C.
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