SOUP-A FOODS .. winter soup meet superfood

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Above recipe minus spidey : http://vgourmet.ca/tag/vegan-soup/

Ah tis the season.. to be cold and sick… OR NOT

yes as the cold snap comes (not you australians ! damn you and your upside down summer!)

and no longer will the fresh juices or smoothies suffice .. instead we replace them with some things that are a little more heavy and a little more warming ..and cue the first pop of the trouser button .. ohhh poop

but it doesn’t need to be a fondue party people .. soups are a great nutrient dense meal .. and they can pack a soup-a punch (yep thats the only pun i have for this post so Im going to sprinkle it EVERYWHERE!!! ) by adding super foods so that warming delicious cup o love .. but remember soup is warm so it has to be superfoods that can handle the heat and have all those vitamins to ward off flu nasties as well as being savoury .. acai berry soup is a NAAAT .. the following are your new best friends ..

Spirulina powder

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HOW:

sprinkle no more than a teaspoon into your soupy bowl.. anymore and you’ll start to get the “fishy” smell and after taste .. and no one wants that

WHY :
Spirulina supplement is actually one of the richest and most complete food source present in the world. It has over a 100 types of nutrients, more than any other type of grain, plant, or herb. The product is widely used as a food supplement to boost ones energy, maintain health, and reduce weight among other uses.

The supplement actually contains about 60% of protein, 12-13% of vital minerals such as Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Zinc, and Phosphorous as well as a complete group of vitamin B. It’s also rich in several anti-oxidants, which protect body cells. In fact it is the only source of the antioxidant phycocyanin.

source: http://www.thespirulinabenefits.com

CHLORELLA

Naturya Chlorella Powder, 200g-500x500

HOW:  similar to spirulina .. easy peasy

WHY:

It is a nutrient-dense superfood that contains 60% protein, 18 amino acids (including all the essential amino acids), and various vitamins and minerals. One of its unique properties is a phytonutrient called CGF.

Chlorella provides all of the dietary-essential amino acids in excellent ratios. It is also a reliable source of essential fatty acids that are required for many important biochemical functions, including hormone balance. Chlorella also contains high levels of chlorophyll, beta-carotene and RNA/DNA. More than 20 vitamins and minerals are found in chlorella, including iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, pro-vitamin A, vitamins C, B1, B2, B2, B5, B6, B12, E and K, biotin, inositol, folic acid, plus vitamins C, E and K.

source: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-chlorella.html

Chia Seeds 

HeartySeedBlend

HOW: cook the chia in with the veggies and you’ll have an instant thickening agent ! no need for cornflour .. or simply sprinkle them over at the end to add some crunchy texture

WHY:
The most touted benefit of chia seeds is their high omega-3 content. However this is in the form of short-chain ALA omega-3. This needs to be converted to long-chain EPA/DHA omega-3. Unfortunately, our bodies aren’t very efficient in converting ALA to EPA/DHA so much of the benefits are lost. If this is the main reason you’re looking at chia seeds, you may well be better off with some wild fish, grass fed meat and fish oils for your omega 3s.

On the plus side, chia seeds are packed with soluble fibre and are high in antioxidants, calcium, iron, manganese and phosphorous. A unique property of chia seeds is the ability to hold up to 12 times its weight in water. Soaked for 30 mins, the seeds will form a gel like substance. Researches believe this gel reaction also occurs in the stomach, forming a barrier which means carbohydrates are broken down slowly. This makes the seeds popular among endurance athletes and also diabetics, who want a slow release energy source.

source:http://www.primalbritain.co.uk/chia-seeds-benefits-and-side-effects/

Seaweed 

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HOW:

have it in your miso , add it in with the veg or simply get some toasted nori strips and garnish .. mmmm toastie

WHY:

  • Blood Purifying:The chemical composition of seaweeds is so close to human blood plasma, that they are excellent at regulating and purifying our blood.
  • High in Calcium: They can contain up to 10 times more calcium than milk and 8 times as much as beef.
  • Alkalizing:They help to alkalize our blood, neutralizing the over-acidic effects of our modern diet.
  • Have Powerful Chelating Properties: They offer protection from a wide array of environmental toxins, including heavy metals, pollutants and radiation by-products, by converting them to harmless salts that the body can eliminate easily.
  • Contain Anti-oxidants: Seaweeds contain lignans (naturally occurring chemical compounds) which have anti cancer properties.
  • Detoxifying: They are rich in chlorophyll (the pigment that makes some seaweeds green) which is a powerful, natural detoxifier that helps to draw out waste products.
  • Boost Weight loss: Seaweeds play a role in boosting weight loss and deterring cellulite build-up. Their naturally high concentration of iodine, helps to stimulate the thyroid gland, which is responsible for maintaining a healthy metabolism. At the same time, its’ minerals act like electrolytes to break the chemical bonds that seal the fat cells, allowing trapped wastes to escape.

source:http://foodmatters.tv/health-resources/seaweed-superfoods

Matcha Green Tea Powder

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HOW:

matcha tea turns bitter above 180 degrees , so i wouldn’t recommend long cooking , but its great for warm soup or even RAW soups

WHY:
In addition to providing trace minerals and vitamins (A, B-complex, C, E, and K), matcha is rich in catechin polyphenols – compounds with high antioxidant activity. These compounds offer protection against many kinds of cancer, help prevent cardiovascular disease and slow the aging process. They also reduce harmful cholesterol in the blood, stabilize blood sugar levels, help reduce high blood pressure and enhance the resistance of the body to many toxins. The most important polyphenol in matcha is EGCG (epigallo-catechin gallate), which is the subject of many medical studies. Matcha has a significant amount of dietary fiber and practically no

calories.

source: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02050/Matcha-Tea.html

Hemp Oil

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HOW:

remember hemp oil is a heat sensitive oil , so scorching hot soup is not a friend , unless you want rancid oil (ewwy) .. try having some on the table and drizzling over your pumpkin soup with a few toasted pumpkin seeds

WHY:

Hemp has 3 unique nutritional factors. It has an ideal balance of Omega 3 and 6 for sustainable human health, it has a full amino acid spectrum meaning it provides complete protein, and it has a massive trace mineral content – truly one of nature’s superfoods.

Consumption of hemp oil and hemp seed is ideal for people with low essential fatty acid intake, and also perfect for athletes. It is of course particularly valuable to the veggie/vegan population, and even more so for veggie/vegan athletes, who are always looking for complete protein sources.

Other benefits of hemp seed oil include its effect on the skin and the hair, nourishing both on a cellular level. Hemp oil is easily absorbed by the skin and those EFA’s go straight to work!

source:http://www.yaoh.co.uk/health-issues1.html

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