13 Feb Carrot Ginger Immunity Soup
Carrot Ginger Immunity Soup
- 12-15 carrots depending on size, peeled & chopped
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 inch slice of ginger peeled
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- Juice from 1/2 orange
- Pepper to taste
- Heat the almond milk, 1 1/2 cups of water, bay leaf, salt and turmeric in a large pot on low. Stir occassionally.
- Chop the carrots and onions and add them to a pan on medium heat with enough coconut oil to thoroughly coat. You can add more as needed, this gives the veggies a nice flavor and keeps them moist. Cover and cook the carrots and onions for 15 minutes or until they are very soft and starting to caramelize (turn brownish), stirring occassionally.
- Add the carrots and onions to a food processor or blender with the ginger and 1 cup of water. Blend until smooth and creamy and add to the pot of warm almond milk.
- Add the maple syrup and orange juice and mix everything together well. Add pepper to taste for an extra kick. If you want more ginger flavor, add some additional ginger powder.
- Let simmer on low for another 5-10 minutes.
I love soup, but it just hasn’t been a very cold winter in San Diego, so I haven’t really been making too many lately. However, I was boldly reminded of how cold it is in the rest of the country this morning when my dad sent me this photo from Virginia.
And as I’ve seen via social media, Virginia isn’t the only state that looks like this right now.
If there are two things that are of top importance during times like these, it’s staying warm, and not getting sick. The carrot soup recipe I put together the other night was perfect for this. Ginger is great for your immune system and gives the soup a bit of a kick to warm you from the inside out. It’s nice and creamy so it feels like comfort food, but of course, it’s packed with vitamins and minerals and doesn’t have any heavy fatty ingredients.
The ginger + turmeric combo in this soup is also great natural alternative to anti-inflammatory pills. Carrots themselves boast a wide range of nutrients, including fiber, antioxidants, and beta carotene (good for eyes, skin and the tissue that lines all of your major organs) and the vitamin A in them is a great fighter against colds and flus.
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