We love this time of year. The days are getting a little shorter, the mornings are starting later and the mercury is plummeting. But with this comes a season of runny noses, coughs and itchy skin. The fact is you are 80% more likely to get a cold. Heading into winter is the most important time to nurture and take extra care of your health and wellbeing. Join the realm of the healthy and try our raw soup recipes to help keep the cold away this year.
Foods To Help Boost Your Immune System
Garlic: This medicinal plant will help in reducing microbes and increasing your immunity
Dry Nuts: These are great for not only your health, but they contain copious amounts of antioxidants and are great for the health of your heart.
Vegetables Full of minerals and nutrients which help preventing disease and boosting your immune system (especially leafy green vegetables)
Winter Warming Thai Ginger Soup
This recipe is so easy to make and still has all the authenticity and flavour of a Thai soup.The cashews make this soup incredibly creamy without the guilt and is a great option for vegetarians and vegans. It's filled with hearty winter vegetables, including pumpkin. Pumpkin is a great source fibre, is rich in potassium and has loads of vitamin E, but little do many realise that pumpkin is an excellent source of carotenes. Carotenes are generally found in colourful fruits and vegetables. Carotenes have antioxidant qualities, which can help to protect our cells from cancer.
- 2 cups filtered water
- ½ a red capsicum (with seeds and stem)
- 1 medium carrot
- 1 stick celery (with leaves)
- 1 yellow squash/half a pumpkin cubed
- 1 spring onion
- 1/2 an apple (with peel and seeds)
- 2 handfuls cashews
- 1 cube fresh ginger root (with peel)
- 1 clove garlic (with skin on )
- 1 small handful of fresh coriander
- 1 veggie stock cube
Salt and Pepper to taste
Garnish with some coriander
Place everything into your Bio Chef Blender. No pre-cooking is required! Pulse a few times to ensure all the ingredients are missed. Put on the blender for 8 minutes, sit back and relax and then enjoy your piping hot soup!
Raw Cream of Celery Soup
A recipe which will take you 10 minutes to make, and will make the coldest weather feel warm. This soup is fantastic as its full of vitamin c to boost your immune system, and because its full of potassium and low levels of sodium, celery is also known as a great diuretic. It can be altered and with a variety of vegetables and even try adding some spice if you have a cold! The soup is fresh, creamy and a filling meal to the tummy.
- 1 cup of chopped celery with leaves
- 1/4 cup cashews
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 garlic clove
- 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
Place all of the ingredients into your high-performance BioChef Blender. Blend all ingredients, pulsing to make sure everything is blended. Leave blender on high for 8 minutes, until stringiness is reduced. Serve the piping hot soup immediately with parsley to garnish.
Fresh Fennel Pesto Soup
This light, bright and fresh soup is sure to put a spring in anyone's step. Made from fresh vegetables, herbs and sprouts this is a great recipe for vegetarians. Consuming fennel is great for our bodies as it is high in vitamin c, antioxidants and elements of anethole. Anethole is great for reducing inflammation, while vitamin c helps our body convert food into energy.
- 2 stalks fennel
- 1 handful cilantro
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- big slice lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. pesto or 1/4 cup fresh basil
- 1 stalk celery
- 1 cup green sprouts (alfalfa, sun?ower)
- 1 veggie broth cube
- salt & pepper to taste
- pinch of cayenne
- 2-3 cups hot water
Place all ingredients in Bio Chef Blender in order listed. Secure lid and select speed begin on low speed and increase to high, using tamper to combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth. Run for 3-4 minutes until steam escapes through the lid opening. Remove lid and serve.