Thursday, January 27, 2011

Calling Dr. Broccoli

It's cold season and a time when we should be protecting our bodies as much as possible in order to stay healthy.  While the cold weather itself doesn't cause us to get sick, there are many things about the season that do. 
  • We're spending more time indoors within close proximity to other people who may be infected.
  • There is a lack of humidity in the air which allows germs to stick around longer. 
  • Vitamin D is an immune system regulator and many of us are getting much less sun exposure this time of year.
Besides the age old advice of residual hand washing and keeping your hands away from your eyes, nose and face, food is the worlds first medicine and can help as a defense against colds.  I whipped up the soup recipe below the other day knowing that broccoli is a Vitamin C powerhouse.  1/2 cup of cooked broccoli contains 80% of your recommended daily dose.  As an added bonus, I added in a few cloves of antioxidant rich garlic cloves to further give my immune system a boost.  Another bonus is that the soup was hearty enough to stand alone as a dinner and kept me full for the evening. 

Creamy Broccoli Garlic Soup
  • 1 Tbls olive oil
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 1/8 Tsp of crushed red pepper
  • 2-3 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 2 cups of veggie broth
  • 1 1/2 bunches of broccoli chopped (florets and stems)
  • 1 large russet potato (peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 ounces of cheese of your choice
  1. Heat oil in large saucepan over med heat.  Add onion, red pepper, and garlic and cook until onion is soft.  (about 4 min)
  2. Add veggie broth, broccoli, potato, 2 cups of water, salt and pepper into saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer until veggies are tender (about 20 min)
  3. In a blender or food processor, puree soup until smooth.  Add in water if necessary.  
  4. Top with cheese and serve
This recipe packs about 164mg of calcium. 

What are your go to healing foods during the winter months?

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