Pumpkin, Coconut & Chilli Soup
Pumpkin has a range of fantastic health benefits, including being one of the best known sources of beta-carotene, a powerful anti-oxidant. Beta Carotene is what also gives orange vegetables and fruits their vibrant colour. Carotenoid rich foods also help to protect eye health and may also reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer as well as offering protection against asthma.
This pumpkin, coconut & chilli soup is full of anti inflammatory ginger and turmeric which will help to support the immune system as the cold weather kicks in. It’s also made with organic chicken stock which is high in protein, glutamine and collagen to support gut, skin and joint health. Top this meal with chickpea croutons for an extra fibre fix and you have a powerhouse of a lunch right there!
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Fresh Basil Pesto
Basil is a wonder herb and I always make batches of fresh pesto to have with meals throughout the week. It’s an excellent source of Vitamin K which is essential for building strong bones. So, if you have had your genetic profiling done and if you have a SNP on your VDR gene then increasing Vitamin K rich foods can help with bone health and density. Basil is also a great source of Copper, Vitamin C, Folate, Calcium and Magnesium.
It doesn’t stop there either. It’s highly anti-inflammatory and can block the activity of an enzyme in the body called cyclooxygenase (COX). Over the counter medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen also block this inflammatory enzyme. So increasing Basil in your diet can not only provide you with an abundance of vitamins and minerals, but used therapeutically can also offer symptomatic relief for individuals with inflammatory health problems such as rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel conditions.
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