The temperatures are approaching the freeze mark, the wind is blowing and all we want to do these days is cozy up with something warm. The switch from summer shorts to rain coats, boots and hats is not an easy one; not to mention the stuffy noses and flu season around the corner. But, we like to prep ahead and be armed with meals like this warming, anti-inflammatory, immunity boosting soup.
3 reasons to cozy up with this soup:
- Warm up your body and your digestion. Cumin and cinnamon are warming spices and perfect for improving circulation and cardiovascular health. In addition, cumin stimulates digestion and relieves bloating and gas.
- Fight the flu. Garlic is one of the most potent antiviral and antibacterial foods to help protect you from the cold and flu season. Clinical research suggests garlic might reduce the frequency and number of colds when taken prophylactically and you’ll be seeing more of it in our fall/winter recipes.
- Bye-bye period pain. Research suggests that ginger is effective at reducing pain associated with migraine headaches, heavy periods and exercise. Ginger is also one of the most potent anti-inflammatories as it inhibits markers responsible for inflammation.
Immune Boosting Carrot Ginger Soup
- 4 cups carrots chopped
- 4 cups vegetable broth low sodium
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 cup onion chopped
- 1/2 cup fennel chopped
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 Tbsp fresh ginger grated
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp dried mint
- 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- Cook carrots in vegetable broth for 10-15 minutes.
- Sauté onions, fennel and garlic with coconut oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
- Add ginger, salt and spices.
- Turn heat to low and continue to cook for another 8-10 minutes.
- Stir in the lemon juice.
- Combine everything in a blender and puree until smooth and creamy.