I’ve always thought that one of the quintessential food items perfect for the dog days of winter is soup. After reading an article called “Soup RX” in the magazine Natural Health, I’ve compiled 5 different healing and rejuvenating ingredients that you can add to your favorite soups.
1. Green Tea, which will relieve anxiety and worry. Also, green tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid that can help you combat distractions, really focus, and complete a task/goal. You can incorporate this into any soup that has a water base. Once the water has simmered on the stove, remove it from the heat, and add a few green tea bags. Let the tea steep for about 10 minutes, and you’ll have green tea broth! A few additions to your soup that will pair nicely with your broth include chicken breast, brown rice, shiitake mushrooms or cilantro (Kadey).
2. Fresh Red Bell Peppers, which will lower your blood pressure due to the vast quantities of Vitamin C that they contain. Incorporate the peppers into soups with diced onions, vegetable broth, beets, and fennel seeds for a perfect combination (Kadey).
3. Honey, preferably the kind that comes in a glass, not plastic container, in order to cure the common cold and soothe sore throats. Keep in mind that the darker the color of the honey, the more antioxidants it contains. A few other ingredients that would taste great with honey in your soup would be butternut squash, Granny Smith apples, ginger, and sage (Kadey).
4. Lentils, which contain the B-vitamin folate act as a powerful force in cancer prevention. Interestingly, the vitamin folate keeps DNA mutations/changes that cause cancer from occurring in the body. Add 3/4 of a cup of dried lentils to any soup recipe, and reap the health benefits! Also, quinoa, fire-roasted tomatoes, and cayenne are a few additions that would pair nicely with lentils in soup (Kadey).
5. Cinnamon to help people combat Type II Diabetes. Try cinnamon in a soup with pumpkin, and a dash of cumin and chipotle chili for an extra kick (Kadey).
Let me know if you try to incorporate any of these healing ingredients into your next batch of soup!
Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,
Kadey, Matthew. “Soup rx.” Natural Health. February 2012: 70-75. Print.