After a busy weekend of looking at wedding venues, my fiancé came down with a cold. I decided to make a delicious, warm, soup for lunch, to help get him back on his feet. I love this recipe because it's full of healing ingredients such as ginger, turmeric, garlic, and coconut milk. The flavor is both sweet and spicy, with a refreshing kick of lime.
According to Ayurvedic medicine, ginger warms the body and boosts the immune system. Warming the body also helps to break down the accumulation of toxins in our organs and cleanse the lymphatic system.
Turmeric is incredible because it contains powerful compounds that control inflammation in the body. Studies have shown that the anti-inflammatory compounds in turmeric are even more powerful than those of aspirin or ibuprofen.
Consuming raw garlic will help to boost your immune system. Have you come down with a cold or flu? Try adding garlic to your soups or stews for the same added benefits. It's also great for fighting off sinusitis. Eating garlic regularly has been proven to help build up immunity against these nasty sicknesses.
When you're ill, it's important you replenish your body with lots of electrolytes to maintain blood volume and prevent dehydration. Coconut water often takes all the credit, but coconut milk also provides these important minerals and promotes hydration and immunity.
It has been hot in LA the past couple of days. Regardless of the heat, I've been craving comforting, fall foods. Last weekend, I had the most delicious zucchini soup and have been aspiring to recreate it. I gave it a shot today and think it turned out even better than the original. I love the simplicity of this recipe and the fact that it doesn't require every cooking utensil in the kitchen.
Looking for something a little more hearty? Try tossing in some freshly baked croutons or serve with a piece of toast!