Two Yummy & Healthy Alkalizing Holiday Recipes + DIY Bath Bombs, Appetizers And MORE!

 

Here’s two popular recipes from Ross Bridgeford at https://liveenergized.com that he shares with his Alkaline Base Camp clients. I haven’t tried them yet, but definitely plan to and they sound great for making (and sharing!) during this holiday season.

The first one is full of healthy fats, protein and has very little sugar per serving…..

 

Ross’ Alkaline Salted Caramel Slice

Makes 12 Slice

Base:

1.5 cups of shredded coconut
6 soft Medjool dates
A pinch of cinnamon

Layer One:

1/2 cup coconut cream
3 Medjool dates
2 tbsp coconut syrup
A pinch of Himalayan salt (or any natural / sea salt)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup tahini
a few drops of vanilla essence

Layer Two:

3 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp cacao powder
a few drops of vanilla
pinch cinnamon
1 tbsp coconut syrup

Instructions:

  1. Start by blending the base ingredients together until they look like a regular ‘biscuit base’ then add these to a baking tin (regular round one or a rectangle one – whichever you have)
  2. Next blend the layer one ingredients and add this on top of the base.
  3. Now make layer two by, you guessed it, blending these ingredients together and add these on top!
  4. If you are going to eat all of them between yourself, family, guests, etc these within a couple of days, put straight into the fridge. However, if you are planning on having them slowly over a week or two, cover and put in the freezer as sliced, individual serves.
  5. You can remove them and enjoy within just 10-15 minutes of taking them out of the freezer.

And that’s all there is to it! Takes so little time, can be made at the last minute and it needs only 9 ingredients!

Source: https://liveenergized.com/dessert-recipes/alkaline-recipe-salted-caramel-slice/

 

pumpkin ginger soup

Warming Hearty Pumpkin & Ginger Soup

This soups is super-alkaline, highly anti-inflammatory and it’s antioxidant-rich too! You can enjoy it either chunky or blended smooth.

The ginger is especially anti-inflammatory, and also powerfully anti-carcinogenic too. And the combination of the antioxidants in the pumpkin and carrots are fantastic for repairing oxidative damage to DNA, as well as supporting the cardiovascular system.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 medium sized butternut squash or pumpkin
2 large carrots
1 large red onion
2-3 garlic cloves
1 fresh red chili
1 cm piece of fresh ginger
1.2 litres of vegetable stock
Juice of 1 orange (optional)
Fresh thyme leaves
Salt and pepper
Olive/Coconut Oil

Instructions:

  1. First up, you need to cut the onion and garlic cloves into nice fine pieces. Now get going on the squash by peeling it and cutting it into cubes, about 1 cm square. Peel the carrots and cut a similar size.
  2. Now, carefully de-seed the chili and cut it into small pieces. Wash your hands thoroughly now, and then peel the ginger and chop roughly.
  3. Heat the oil (coconut is preferable) in a large pot and gently fry the onion and garlic on a low heat until they begin to soften (approx 4 min). Throw in the carrot and squash and season and then fry for another 5-6 minutes until it all starts to soften a little. Add more oil if you need it here.
  4. Next add 1.2 litres of organic/yeast free vegetable stock, the ginger, chili and thyme leaves. Bring it all to the boil and then simmer for about 25 min until the squash and carrots are soft.
  5. Now is the fun part – throw it all into a blender and puree it up until it is smooth and then squeeze in the orange juice. Delicious!

Personal note: I plan to just use some hot sauce and/or crushed red pepper flakes to give it a little kick and save the time and effort of dealing with the chili pepper.

Source: https://liveenergized.com/alkaline-recipes/pumpkin-ginger-soup

 

And check out this post from a year ago with some yummy soup recipes that may help you lose any holiday weight gain you experience:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2019/01/15/soups-on-and-these-recipes-may-help-with-any-holiday-weight-gain/

If you’re in need of some interesting appetizer recipes, look no further than this post from Pure Wow. Some of them may not be all that healthy, but all of them certainly could add pizzazz to a holiday gathering:

https://www.purewow.com/food/christmas-party-appetizers


 

Here’s an idea for a DIY holiday gift or stocking stuffer (or treat for yourself!)…a recipe I found at  it-takes-time.com (thanks for the tip naturalskincarelove.com!) for making bath bombs:

And check out these two  previous Self-help Health posts for more great recipes and healthy DIY holiday ideas:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2015/12/25/smelly-but-good-holiday-diy-ideas/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/holiday-treats-to-eat-and-share/

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on any future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

2 Freebies + 1 Recipe = Today’s Post :-)

 

This first “freebie” from Tom Paladino is something I just found out about the other day signed up for.  I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or not, but I have felt more upbeat, energetic and even had less pain, so I definitely recommend giving this a try. The price is right (FREE!), so you’ve got nothing to lose. And I used some of Tom’s other scalar treatment series in the past and always noticed benefits.

Natural Foods Sessions

The Scalar light Natural Foods is a new remote scalar light session offered in the year 2018. Currently, a total of 270 nutrient-dense foods in the NFT.

Scalar light originates from the Sun of our solar system as well as the stars of the universe: scalar light is sunlight and starlight. Scalar light is a fundamental force responsible for assembling and maintaining all physical forms including plant chemicals. Scalar light can be utilized to assemble natural plant chemicals or phyto-chemicals inside the human body thereby serving as an excellent source of nutrition.

Scalar light utilizes the existing elements inside the human body and then rearranges these elements into the molecular structure of natural plant chemicals. In practice, the Scalar Light Natural Foods Session will assemble plant chemicals inside each cell of the human body thereby serving as the perfect delivery system for nutrients.

You can learn more and register for the free 30-day trial period here (look over to the right top of the page for the words “Register Here” and the red button that says “Free Trial.” You will need to upload a personal photo as part of working with the scalar technology.


 

Check out this link to a post by Green Smoothie Girl Robyn Openshaw that talks about ways to swap out ingredients in desserts for healthier versions. It also includes a place where you click an image like the one above and can sign-up to receive a wallet-size recap of the swaps she mentions, so you can refer to it when you’re grocery shopping. PLUS, when you request the wallet card you also get a free healthy treats recipe e-book that has some great looking/sounding stuff in it. As someone who has always had a sweet tooth, I’m always on the look-out for dessert recipes that are healthy AND delicious.


 

And speaking of healthy and delicious, here’s a recipe from blissfulbasil.com I plan to try in the next couple of days. It has gotten great reviews from people who’ve made it, so I can’t wait to see how mine turns out….

 

Sweet Potato Pizza Crust | Vegan & Gluten-Free

Steamed sweet potatoes are mixed with oat flour, a bit of almond meal, a chia egg, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and a zesty array of spices. Then, the mixture is plopped on a pizza pan, spread into a circle, and nudged into a toasty oven. The crust puffs as it bakes, thanks to the apple cider vinegar, and the seasonings create the most wonderful aroma.
 Prep Time: 20 minutes
 Cook Time: 1 hour
 Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
 Servings 1 large pizza crust or 2 medium crusts (approximately 4 people)

Ingredients:

  • 5 1/2 cups (28 ounces) peeled and small-cubed sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten-free oat flour
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • Pinch of chili flakes

Instructions:

  • Be sure to measure out 5 1/2 cups of sweet potato cubes (i.e., don’t estimate based on the number of potatoes). Steam the sweet potato cubes in a steamer or over the stove for 30 minutes or until fork-tender.
  • Add the chia seeds and water to a small bowl, whisk with a fork, and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes to create a chia egg.
  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Add the steamed sweet potatoes to a large mixing bowl and mash them.
  • Add in the chia egg, oat flour, almond meal, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, basil, oregano, garlic powder, sea salt, and chili flakes. Stir together until combined and all of the oat flour has been incorporated. The mixture should resemble a loose bread dough—sticky and damp yet slightly stretchy.
  • Line a round perforated pizza pan (i.e., vented) with parchment paper.
  • Scoop the sweet potato dough onto the lined pizza pan, and use a spatula to spread it into a large 1/4-inch-thick to 1/3-inch-thick oval or circle. This process takes 5 minutes. If needed, lightly grease the spatula with olive oil to prevent the crust from sticking.
  • Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the crust is well set and the edges are golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
  • Add desired toppings (e.g., pizza sauce, vegan parmesan, artichokes, cherry tomatoes, basil) and return the pan to the oven and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes or broil for 5 minutes, until the toppings reach desired doneness.
  • Slice and serve immediately.
  • Refrigerate leftovers* for up to 4 days.

Notes:

There tends to be some variability in baking time across kitchens, so you may need to bake up to 40 minutes to ensure the center of the crust is set. Alternatively, divide the dough into two pieces, spread each mound of dough out into a 1/4-inch-thick to 1/3-inch-thick layer on two separate pizza pans (forming two crusts), and bake each for 22 to 25 minutes, or until the edges are light golden-brown and the center of the crust is set. Then, add toppings and bake another 5 to 10 minutes.
To reheat leftovers: Preheat the oven to 400 F. Spread the leftover pizza slices onto a parchment-lined baking pan, and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until warmed through and the bottom of the slices becomes slightly crisp.
Get the full details about the recipe here.

 

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained health care practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Alkalizing Smoothie + Acupressure For Hay Fever And Sinuses

 

Yesterday I came across this recipe from Ross Bridgeford for what he calls his “most alkalizing smoothie.” And since I just happened to have all the ingredients, I decided to give it a try. It’s a great way to get lots of veggies and nutrients into your system in an easy to digest form….

 

This smoothie is my absolute go-to most powerfully alkaline ‘meal in a glass’. It is my #1 recommendation if you need to get the acidity out, remove inflammation, lose weight, get rid of fatigue or heal your digestion…

The combination of the powerfully alkaline greens, the healthy fats from the avocado, leaves, coconut and almonds and the incredibly-anti-inflammatory power from the turmeric and ginger…wow.

It tastes great, it takes 3 minutes to make (and 30 seconds clean up) and it will keep you going, wonderfully energized and mentally strong, clear and vital all through the day…

Core Green Alkaline Smoothie

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 cup filtered water or more to taste
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 2 handfuls of lettuce
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 1 cm turmeric
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Optional: Squeeze of fresh lemon, small handful of almonds (for extra omega 3)

Instructions:

Start by blending the avocado, cucumber, and water to form a liquid base, which makes it easier to blend everything else.

Next, add the almonds (if using), spinach, lettuce, bell pepper, tomato, ginger, and turmeric in that order. If you don’t have a high-powered blender, you might need to grate the ginger and turmeric first.

Squeeze in a little lemon for zing, and serve.

You can sign up for Ross’ newsletter and get his acid/alkaline chart, additional recipes and more at LiveEnergized.com

PERSONAL NOTE:  Of course the taste of this is going to vary somewhat depending on the type of lettuce, kind of bell pepper, and actual quantity/size of each ingredient used. I didn’t really measure anything and probably used more water than the recipe calls for, LOTS of lemon juice and I included the optional almonds, plus needed to add some crystal salt to bring it to life. It was still a little too bland for me, so I also added some black pepper, not only for taste, but to help absorb the turmeric, and some hot sauce to give it more kick. HA! Ended up drinking the whole 2 servings over a couple of hours. A great way to start off the morning and feel like you’re already ahead of the game as far as healthy nutrition!

It reminded me a little of my Green Energy Soup recipe, which is still my fave, because I’m such a mint lover and another great way to get lots of good stuff into you body. 🙂

p. s. I used a VitaMix and had no problem with liquefying everything quickly. Not sure how this would be using a regular blender. And my version didn’t turn out the bright green color of Ross’ picture, which reminds me of the green energy soup,…..definitely more “drab” looking. 🙂

 


And here’s the intro to the 9-part Human Longevity Project series that starts today……

In the coming days, you’ll be learning more about our project and our mission.

From the very start, our goal has been to challenge the status quo and change the paradigm of health care in our modern world.

As you know, we’re currently experiencing a health crisis, particularly in the Western World.

Autoimmune disease and other chronic diseases continue to rise.

So many people are feeling buried by things like depression, anxiety and fatigue.

Maybe you’ve experienced symptoms like these?

Perhaps you’re experiencing them now. These symptoms have become so common that many people have accepted them as normal. We can do better. YOU deserve better.

We embarked on a two-year journey to research why certain populations are living well into their 90s and 100s and doing so with great health, boundless energy, and profound joy. You are the reason we’ve created this documentary.

You can sign up here: https://humanlongevityfilm.com/

 


And here’s a message from Michael Reed Gach, PhD, who offers on-line acupressure courses, about a free pdf he’s offering  …..

Since it’s the end of spring/beginning of summer, I’m sending you the points on how to relieve Hay Fever and Sinus Problems.

These points are also good for relieving Bells Palsey, headaches, nasal congestion, toothache, stress, plus neck stiffness and pain.

Here’s the link to download for this free healing information:

Acupressure for Hay Fever & Sinus Problems

This link will give you 5 illustrations of 9 Acupressure points
and will also list the great benefits of using these points. Once you click the link, you will find the pdf document in your download folder.

Related Self-help Health post: Acupressure for Colds, Flu, Sore Throat and More

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained health care practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Free Dental, Eye, Energy Series + Collagen Recipes + EWG 2019 Buyer’s Guide List

A quick post to let you know about a number of free health resources you may be interested in checking out. First up, a series on reclaiming your energy put together by Ari Whitten…..
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#1 best-selling author, Ari Whitten, has spent the last 6 years creating something he calls the “Energy Blueprint” that has changed fifty thousand lives and today he’s offering it for free!
Ari has teamed up with several of the brightest minds in the world on overcoming fatigue and increasing energy… world-renowned scientists, physicians, nutrition experts, sleep experts, and neuroscience experts… AND scoured thousands of studies to bring together this information.

Here’s a peak at what you’ll learn in Masterclass video #1:

  1. Why your energy levels are the foundation of your happiness and success in life (proven by research).
  2. Why conventional medicine doesn’t usually have much to offer those struggling with fatigue. (This research will shock you!)
  3. The truth about “adrenal fatigue” according to the latest science
  4. SIX powerful strategies to dramatically increase your energy levels, starting TODAY.

Here are the release dates:

  • April 4th – Masterclass #1 is released.  (You’ll learn: 4 secrets of the new science of energy, and 6 powerful strategies to start increasing your energy immediately).
  • April 8th – Masterclass #2 is released. (You’ll learn: How to literally build up your CELLULAR ENGINE — the capacity of your cells to produce energy).
  • April 11th – Masterclass #3 is released. (You’ll learn: How to supercharge your brain energy, and re-wire your brain out of anxiety, depression and brain fog).
  • April 15th – Masterclass #4 is released. (You’ll learn: The full 6 steps of The Energy Blueprint system).

https://www.energyblueprint.com/optin


Check out this video series about cataracts, glaucoma and other eye issues by Dr Sam Berne of Holistic Eye Care . His site and the series also features eye exercises for various things, including enhanced learning, vertigo, astigmatism, and more. i haven’t finished the whole series yet, but have already picked up some useful information and have started using Dr Berne’s MSM eye drops and also his formula for cataracts. Too soon to know how well they work.

https://www.drsamberne.com


 

Dr Paul O’Malley offers a series of 18 videos that cover everything from mercury removal, dental implants, crowns, bridges, root canals and more. It shows you how dentistry works and how it doesn’t, and everything you need to know about being a dental patient, as well as what various procedures entail. I haven’t watched all the videos yet, but have found the ones I have seen very informative and enlightening.

You can sign up for the dental education course on his website. If you don’t want a call back from his office, be sure you sign up thru the link at the bottom of the page, which is what I did.

https://www.drpaulomalley.com/


EWG’s 2019 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ is finally here, and there are some new additions to the list!

For the fourth year running, strawberries top EWG’s Dirty Dozen™ list for the most pesticide residues. But, the most surprising find on this year’s list is the popular health food kale, which is now among the most contaminated fruits and vegetables. Here’s the latest “Clean 15” list.

See the full list of fruits and vegetables recommended you always buy organic: https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/full-list.php


 

And Native Path has published has a page on their site with +45 recipes using collagen. So if you’re looking for a variety of ways to incorporate collagen into your diet, check out this resource here.

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained health care practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

Free Introductory Herbal Course!

 

Wow, just got an e-mail from Nick Polizzi at Sacred Science about this free course some of you may want to sign up for. I know I just did a post yesterday, but registration for this ends today, so thought I would do a quick post so you don’t miss out. Here’s what Nick had to say…..

 

If you’d like to learn how to create your own herbal remedies, I have the perfect resource in mind!

Our friends at The Herbal Academy just recently released a FREE online Introductory Herbal Course! I can safely say that this is one of the most high quality herbal education platforms I’ve ever experienced. The women who run Herbal Academy are dedicated, passionate and extremely knowledgeable – which is why they are the best in the biz!

Sign up by the March 17th deadline to start integrating herbs into your daily life!

The Herbal Academy’s Introductory Herbal Course features all-new expanded lessons, fresh videos, hundreds of recipes, new multimedia resources, and experiential exercises that will take your learning off your computer and into your kitchen!

I’ve gotta say, this course is legit!

Through the Herbal Academy’s Herbal Basics Class, you will get an introduction to the herbal approach, learn why herbs are important, and how to use them in teas, infusions, decoctions, tinctures, syrups, topical applications, and body care products.

You will get a taste of the popular Introductory Herbal Course, building your confidence using herbs in your own home!

Features of this free Introductory Herbal Course:

● 32 In-depth lessons including the very latest research, presented in a clear, easy-to-digest way!
● Detailed Recipe Book
● Dedicated and beautifully presented materia medica charts for each body system discussed
● 75 herbal monographs
● A Tea Booklet – full of tea recipes
● Beautiful helpful videos to enhance your learning
● Inspiring media and learning charts
● Experiential exercises to bring your studies to life

Registration for this free Herbal Basics Class, an exclusive offer, is only available for a limited time! The special enrollment period runs through March 17th.

https://theherbalacademy.com/free-herbal-basics-class-herbal-academy/

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained health care practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Want Good Nutritional Advice? Check Out Canada’s New Food Guide!

 

It’s nice to see that Canada has come out with a food guide that has not been overly-influenced by the food industry/lobbyists, like here in the US, but instead is based on science. It even makes a point of highlighting the importance of having family mealtime. Be sure to check out the link provided in the first paragraph for the guide itself, and at the end of the article for the website with tips, recipes and more…..

Canada's new food guide plate
Promo image Health Canada

Canada’s new food guide is loyal to science, not    the food industry

The food guide is divided into four sections. The first focuses on nutritious foods and what comprises a healthy diet. This is where the emphasis on proportion, rather than portion, is most evident. The guide contains an image (above) of a dinner plate half-covered in vegetables, with quarter-sized servings of protein foods (nuts, chickpeas, tofu, beef, salmon) and mixed whole grains (toast, wild rice, quinoa).

The second part of the guide addresses foods that should be minimized or avoided. These include sugary drinks and confectioneries, alcohol, excess sodium, and sources of saturated fat.

drink waterHealth Canada – “Make water your drink of choice.”/Promo image

The third section is perhaps most interesting, as it encourages Canadians to think about how they eat. The guide states, “Healthy eating is more than the foods you eat,” and this section is dedicated to sharpening one’s food skills and improving one’s food literacy. Canadians are advised to cook from scratch more often, to go to restaurants less frequently, and to eat together. Parents are urged to transfer food skills to their children by example and through changes to school curricula. The guide advises a mindful approach to eating, careful reading of labels, skepticism about food marketing, and an effort to reduce waste.

Health Canada cook more oftenHealth Canada/Promo image

The fourth and final section talks about implementation and how to make healthy eating accessible and available to all Canadians. This is an ongoing challenge for many low-income and Indigenous families, and, as André Picard writes for the Globe and Mail, affects one in six Canadian children.

Overall, the new guide feels like a breath of fresh air compared to the confusing rainbows and pyramids of the past. In the words of Health Minister Ginette Petitpas-Taylor, as reported by CBC, “It doesn’t need to be complicated, folks. It just needs to be nutritious, and, might I dare say, fun.”

What makes this guide stand apart is its authors’ commitment to following the top nutritional science and their refusal to accept evidence from any industry-backed studies, “given the potential for conflicts of interest.” In the words of Picard,

“Health Canada has grown a backbone and distanced itself from industry by excising some dubious advice that was clearly designed to mollify industry, such as the recommendation to drink two glasses of milk a day and consume at least two tablespoons of *canola oil every day.”

Health Canada enjoy your foodHealth Canada – “Enjoy your food.” /Promo image

This guide has potential to make a real difference. Its emphasis on less energy intensive foods and minimizing waste could improve the environmental impact of Canadians’ diets. If workplaces, cafeterias, hospitals, and other public institutions adopted the recommendations to get rid of fatty, sugary foods, we could see an improvement in public health. If schools incorporated cooking classes into their curricula, we’d see kids learning how to feed themselves well. There are so many ways in which this guide could kickstart a healthier, stronger, more resilient country.

This is a guide to be proud of. Way to go, Canada! Find the whole guide and other resourceshere.

Source: https://www.treehugger.com/health/canadas-new-food-guide-refreshingly-based-scientific-evidence.html

Check out this Self-help Health post for why canola oil should NOT be recommended, but IS in the US: https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/omega-6s-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained health care practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Soups On! And These Recipes May Help With Any Holiday Weight Gain…

Ummm, yum! These look and sound great, even if you’re not worried about weight gain. Am looking forward to trying them out in my crockpot…..always nice to have a good supply of soup on hand during these cold, winter-y days. And usually the flavors are even better after a day or two of melding. Don’t forget to use organic ingredients whenever possible!
tomato soup

3 Warming Soup Recipes to Fend Off Winter

Weight Gain

(by Lauren Venosta)  Cold weather, post-holiday hustle, sweet treats, and added stress—sounds like winter! And with all those things it’s easy to put on a few (or more) pounds. In cold weather, your body uses energy to keep the body warm, which takes energy away from digestion and metabolism. Your metabolism naturally slows down so it’s easier to gain weight during winter.

In Ayurveda, there are cooling foods and warming foods. During winter, also known as Vata season, you want to focus on warming foods to help assist your body in maintaining its internal temperature and keeping your metabolism running smoothly. These three soup recipes contain ingredients known to be warming foods like chilis, gingerturmeric, garlic, and sweet potatoes. No winter weight gain here!

Not only do these ingredients have a warming effect on the body, but these soups are also rich in fiber, which has been shown to be helpful for avoiding weight gain.

Roasted Red Pepper + Tomato Soup

This soup is a big bowl of warmth. There is nothing like a bowl of warm tomato soup in winter! The chili powder and red pepper flakes give this soup a kick of heat to get your blood flowing and keep your body warm.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 1 yellow onion, quartered
  • 2 red bell peppers, cored and roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped into 2” pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 28 oz. can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 15 oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, add the cherry tomatoes, onion quarters, red bell peppers, carrots, and garlic. Drizzle the vegetables with the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Mix everything with your hands so all the veggies are coated. Roast in the oven for 35 minutes—until the veggies are lightly browned.

Once the veggies are done, add them to a large pot, and add all the remaining ingredients. Bring the soup to a boil and then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Remove the thyme sprigs from your soup and then puree the soup using either an immersion blender or a standing blender. If you are using a standing blender, carefully ladle the soup into the blender. Do it in batches, if needed.

Once pureed, return the soup to the pot and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Taste the soup and add more salt or pepper as needed.

Serves 4

Warming Vegetable Soup

A big bowl of this soup will warm you right to your bones. Nourishing, hearty, and flavorful, it’s the perfect winter meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 parsnips, chopped into 1″ pieces
  • 4 carrots, chopped into 1″ pieces
  • 1 sweet potato, chopped into 1″ pieces
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, de-stemmed and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, de-stemmed and chopped
  • 8 cups chicken bone broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, de-stemmed and chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon (or 2 tablespoons)

Directions:

Start with coconut oil in a large pot on medium heat.

Add the chopped onions and salt and cook for about 10 minutes—until onions are translucent.

Next add in the garlic, parsnips, carrots, sweet potato, thyme, and rosemary and cook until vegetables begin to brown on the sides.

Add in the broth, apple cider vinegar, bay leaves, and parsley flakes. Bring soup to boil, then reduce heat, and simmer for approximately 25–30 minutes.

At the end of cooking, add in the Swiss chard and lemon juice.

Leave pot on stove with the lid on for about 10 minutes to let the Swiss chard wilt down and the flavors marry.

Serves 6

Roasted Garlic + Cauliflower Soup

This soup is a hug in a bowl. It’s warm, toasty, and smooth. The roasted garlic brings a ton of flavor while also warming up the body.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Hot sauce (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wash cauliflower and chop into florets. Lay cauliflower on parchment paper on a baking sheet and drizzle cauliflower with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Cut off top of garlic bulb so cloves are exposed. Drizzle garlic bulb with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, and pepper. Wrap in foil and put on baking sheet with cauliflower. Roast in oven for about 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, sauté chopped onion in 2 tablespoons olive oil until caramelized.

Put all ingredients into blender and blend until creamy. Season soup to taste.

​Top soup with a dash of hot sauce and fresh ground pepper. Serve hot!

Serves 4

Source: https://chopra.com/articles/3-warming-soup-recipes-to-fend-off-winter-weight-gain

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