Hi loves! How are you doing…hope you are happy and well!? I wanted to talk about the root cause of many illnesses due in large part to the bodies inflammatory response to the foods and not so real foods that many of us eat. This inflammation response is important to note because of the affects that this response has in relation to causing disease in the body. Some of the most common diseases that are associated with this inflammatory response are heart disease, cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease.
With the powerful healing powers of food I thought I would share a really delicious soup that is good for your taste buds and also our bodies. The ingredients used where selected with the anti-inflammation benefits to the body. Making it perfect for being waist line friendly as well as doing a body good in supporting with healing soothing food.
What Ya Need
- 2 Red Bell Peppers chopped
- 1/2 Medium Red Onion chopped
- 2 Garlic cloves chopped
- 2 cups Broccoli florets and steams chopped
- 1 1/2-2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 TBS Fresh Marjoram chopped
- 1 TBS Avocado oil
What Ya Do
- Heat the avocado oil in a pan over medium heat.
- Add red peppers to pan and let cook and blister, so no turning for at least 5 minutes.
- Turn peppers after 5 minutes and allow to cook an additional 5 minutes on other side.
- Add onions, garlic, marjoram, and broccoli to pan, stirring to combine.
- Cook until everything has soften, about 5-8 minutes.
- Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before proceeding to next step.
- Add everything from the pan to the blender.
- Add vegetable broth and blend until combined, adding more until the preferred consistency is reached.
- Return to pan and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- You can heat through or you can actually refrigerate and eat cold.
Why These Ingredients
Red Bell Peppers: contains quercetin which is an antioxidant that reduces the oxidative damage caused by free radicals in the body, that lead to an inflammatory response. I also want to note that peppers are nightshade vegetables that in some people can actually irritate and cause inflammation. A prime example of the need to listen to your body, and how one persons medicine can be another persons poison. I know for myself I find that they are soothing and feel good for me when and after I eat them.
Red Onion: contains quercetin a flavonoid that has antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties, that can prevent the release of histamine. Histamine release is the bodies natural response towards inflammation. This food as medicine food item helps fight against response.
Vegetable Broth: made with root vegetables that are grounding and provide the body with the needed nutritional support for optimal immune, organ, and bodily function. Be sure to choose the low or no sodium version as too much salt can actually trigger an inflammatory response. That is the opposite of what we want to happen, when focusing on eating food as medicine foods.
Broccoli: contains an antioxidant sulforaphane that has amazing anti-inflammatory effects. As you may know, antioxidants help with free radicals that cause cellular damage that leads to an inflammatory response within the body. Antioxidants neutralize these damaging effects, making broccoli the perfect food as medicine food item.
Garlic: contains diallyl disulfide, which is an anti-inflammatory compound that limits the effects of triggering inflammatory cytokines. Cytokines are responsible for regulating the inflammatory response and work with the immune system regulating the response to disease. Garlic helps stop this triggering response of cytokines.
Marjarom: contains high levels of Vitamin-C which is a powerful natural anti-oxidant that helps remove harmful free radicals from the body that can cause inflammation.
Avocado Oil: helps aid in the absorption of nutrients with the other ingredients being low in fat. This is important to be sure that the powerful nutrients profile and makeup of the foods being consumed are able to be adsorbed into the body in order to receive the full benefits of those anti-inflammatory ingredients.
As with all the recipes that I create, I choose ingredients that are plant based and humanely grown and curated items. This is important for me and I always encourage people to make adjustments based on their specific dietary needs and goals. You become what you feed yourself so it is even that much more important to be aware of when you are in need of the true healing properties of food. Remember that when inflammation is continual with no perceived benefit to the body it causes damage and causes dis ease in the body leading to illness and disease.
Much Love, Nic
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