How to Make Carrot Ginger Soup with Parsnips & Collard Greens
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 25 MINUTES
1. Chop and sautee onion in sunflower oil in a large soup pot. When the onions begin to brown add chopped garlic and ginger. Continue frying for thirty seconds.
How Can Carrot Ginger Soup with Parsnips & Collard Greens Make You Feel Great?
Restore Your VitalityCooked carrots are sweet, nourishing, easy to digest, and contain lots of fiber. They are ideal for babies and convalescing patients (i.e. those recovering from illness). Parsnips have many of the same qualities as carrots and are also a wonderful food choice for the recently ill, elderly, or ailing. Ginger warms the belly as it strengthens your digestion. This is very important during recovery- illness tends to put a damper on the digestive fire. If it's still a little difficult to digest, remove the collard greens and you're sure to have easy digestion.
Clean Blood, Cool LiverThe blood purifying aspects together with carrot's sweetness make it an excellent blood and liver tonic. Carrots are ideal for liver deficiency, especially useful in the dry seasons of late summer and fall. The liquid nature of this soup combined with soothing carrots and bitter colalrds can bring relief to dry, overheated eyes. The eyes are direct reflection of the state of your liver, so if your eyes are feeling hot and tired, this soup is for you.
Warming Roots Give You StrengthDo you feel cold to your bones as the season turns from summer to fall? This root vegetable soup restores your ability to build heat from the inside out. In Chinese Medicine, root vegetables like ginger, carrots, and parsnips are said to build "yang," or the energy of heat and strength. This effect grows when the roots are cooked long as slow, roasted or in soups. In Ayurveda, root vegetables calm windy, spacy Vata Dosha by offering a sensation of groundedness and stability. The added warmth of a soup is a bonus!
A Sweet Note on CarrotsAncestors of the wild carrot came from Iran and Afghanistan, the center of genetic diversity for carrot. Carrots were bred from a species of wild carrot, called Queen Anne's Lace. Originally they were grown for their aromatic leaves and seeds. Since then, selective breeding has increased sweetness, reduced bitterness, and minimized the woody core. The ancient Greeks called them, 'philon' which means love charm, because carrots were considered to make men and women more amorous.
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Carrot Ginger Soup with Parsnips & Collard Greens Good for Me?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestive.
STOMACHICAn herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.
Cleanse and Detox:
Energy Vitality Strength:
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
Heart & Circulation:
CARDIAC-STIMULANTHerbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
VASODILATORA vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
ALTERATIVELiterally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
BLOOD-TONICAn herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
Kidney & Urinary:
DIURETICHerbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
Lung and Sinus:
DECONGESTANTAn herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
RELAXES-EYESEases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.
GROUNDINGEncourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth.
GALACTAGOGUEIncreases production of breast milk.
Skin Care & Beauty:
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
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How to Use Food AyurvedicallyHOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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