Hurrahhh!! I am back. Sorry it has been a very long while since I have added a recipe to the blog. As soon as I returned from my trip overseas to Norway and the UK, I headed straight into end of term exams, finally those were completed at the beginning of the week and I am still on the road to becoming a fully qualified nutritionist, only five more gruelling terms. Although it has been one of the toughest things I have ever done, I am still loving it though and all of the hard work will be reaped in rewards. If you are interested in becoming a nutritionist, by all means flick me an email and I can explain in more detail.
Over the last few weeks of revising I had no time to head to the local farmers markets, but I still buy organic where I can. With this in mind I hopped online and bought some seasonal boxes by Doorstep Organics, they do home deliveries of delicious fruit and veggies, a great (and reasonable) way to get your nutrient-rich intake each week.
From this box I roasted pumpkin, carrots, beetroot and garlic, added a bone broth to it and whizzed it all up to have a great soup which I froze for later and is a great one on the go for these cooler months.
Why is it good for ya:
Pumpkin’s rich orange colour is due to its fat soluble pigment phytochemical known as a carotenoids (beta carotene – plant form of vitamin A – good for your peepers!), this is an antioxidant and can help reduce inflammation on the body. It is also a good source of fibre which is good for digestion and heart health. The potassium in pumpkins helps to maintain fluid balance in the body and a steady heart beat.
Beetroot contains lots of important nutrients including vitamins A, B6, C, E and K as well as protein, folate, dietary fibre, calcium, iron and potassium. Some preliminary research shows that they have been known to help defend cells against harmful carcinogens. Studies have also shown that they have high levels of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents within.
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene too and also vitamin A (good for your eye health) and an antioxidant which helps mop up oxidising free radicals in the body.
Garlic is great, a nurturing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory on the body, their antioxidant (quercatin) helps mop up the oxidation of fatty acids.
Bone broth; did you know that boiling your bones releases gelatin which is a gentle way of helping restore connective tissue within your gut. This gelatin will literally heal and seal your gut aiding with inflammation, allergies and unwanted foods being absorbed into your system. When the carcass is cooked for a long time, the bones, tendons and cartilage breaks down to release glucosamine and other sulphate compounds, which are actually the same compounds in expensive tablets used to treat arthritis and joint pain. This broth is also a great aid to boost your immunity.
Enjoy this one, its quick and simple!