Loaded with minerals, fiber, and nourishing phytonutrients, soups are much more than comfort food. I don’t like to wait for the cold season; instead, I treat myself to a healing bowl of soup anytime my body needs some pampering and a fresh start.
Healing Carrot Soup with Ginger
Seasonal colds, sore throats, weight-loss difficulties, poor circulation, immune support, detoxification—the healing powers of soups are something that both scientists and our grandmothers can agree on. Soups are definitely nutritious, but what really gives them the ability to heal our bodies?
First, there’s the fact that soups preserve most of the nourishing nutrients in the vegetables, making them available for the body to digest. All the energy and therapeutic effects of fresh nutrients are transferred to the liquid and thus more easily absorbed.
The second—and this is where you can work your magic—is that you can improve the nutritional powers of your soup with healing ingredients. Turmeric, fresh ginger, coconut oil, seaweed, shiitake, aromatic herbs such as sage, mint, or basil—all boost the curative powers of soup and help restore your body to a healthy balance.
Slowly simmered vegetables over low heat results in a mineral-rich soup, while lightly roasting or steaming the vegetables preserves their antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and most of their vitamins. I made my soup with lightly roasted carrot and garlic for an intense flavor and spiced it up with turmeric and ginger.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound [source] that stimulates the immune system and circulation [source]. Plus, it has excellent effects on your skin [source]!
A drizzle of virgin coconut oil improves the absorption of the high concentrations of beta-carotene from the carrots and the antioxidants in turmeric.
I used the combination of carrots, turmeric, and ginger to create a healing concoction, one to nurture my digestive system and infuse my body with warming energy.
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Healing Carrot Soup with Turmeric and Ginger
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Blender or immersion blender
- 4 carrots peeled and chopped
- 1 parsnip peeled and chopped
- 1 yellow onion roughly chopped
- 4 garlic cloves crushed
- 2 teaspoons virgin coconut oil
- 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth warm
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- cracked black pepper
- 1- inch knob fresh ginger peeled and grated
- juice from 1/2 of a lemon
- pinch cayenne pepper
- fresh parsley and Greek yogurt, black sesame, coconut flakes, to serve
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the carrots, parsnip, onion, and garlic, then season with turmeric and cayenne, drizzle with coconut oil, and toss to coat evenly.
- Roast for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and transfer into a blender with the vegetable broth, lemon juice, and ginger.
- Blend the ingredients until smooth and creamy.
- Pour the soup into serving bowls, garnish with fresh parsley, sesame seed, and coconut flakes, drizzle with Greek yogurt ,and serve warm.
This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Gina Jansheski, a licensed, board-certified physician who has been practicing for more than 20 years. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.268