CARROT GINGER SOUP WITH PARSNIPS & COLLARD GREENS
How to Make Carrot Ginger Soup with Parsnips & Collard Greens
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 25 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
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.
2. Chop carrots, parsnips and collard greens. Add to pot and cover vegetables with water. Bring to a boil on high heat. Lower heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until tender.
3. Meanwhile, sautee sunflower seeds in a bit of oil. When browned, spinkle salt and garnish soup.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
This simple soup greets you with sweet and savory notes in a light, nurturing broth. Cooked carrots and parsnips carry a heavy sweetness while brightly bitter collard greens lighten this nurturing soup. This soup is a nice way to introduce parsnips if you're unfamiliar with them. Their taste blends nicely with carrots and they look almost the same. Parsnip is the albino carrot! Light soups help you shed the winter blues and enjoy the brightness of Spring as they aid your body through a natural detox cycle.
Restore Your Vitality
Cooked 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 Liver
The 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 Strength
Do 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 Carrots
Ancestors 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 EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?
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. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what
should be favored in your Ayurvedic 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.
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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT HOT GUNA
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT BITTER GUNA
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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ABOUT PUNGENT GUNA
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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ABOUT ASTRINGENT GUNA
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
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Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy, similar to Qi in Chinese Medicine. Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.
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Ojas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after long-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
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Sattvic foods promote awareness and a refreshed mind by nourishing the body without taxing digestion. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness.
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Vegetables, Roots, Greens
Resembles water (ap) in quality - fluid, sticky, soft, heavy, stable, cool.
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Vitamin A, Beta Carotene, Insoluble Fiber
White, Green, Orange
Downward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.
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Inward moving substances promote introspection, self reflection, stillness, or slow the system down.
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences 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.
An 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.
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Cleanse and Detox:
An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BURNS-TOXINS
Energy Vitality Strength:
Heart & Circulation:
Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CARDIAC-STIMULANT
A 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.
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Literally, 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.
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An herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BLOOD-TONIC
Kidney & Urinary:
Herbs 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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DIURETIC
Liver & Gall Bladder:
Cholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CHOLAGOGUE
Lung and Sinus:
An herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DECONGESTANT
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
Eases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.
LEARN MORE ABOUT RELAXES-EYES
Encourages 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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GROUNDING
Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
LEARN MORE ABOUT GENERAL-LAXATIVE
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week
provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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I would think that adding sour cream would diminish the soups purpose!
- Andrea Donohoe, NH 03-08-15
Cannot wait to try this - love soups!
I would think that adding sour cream would diminish the soups purpose!
- Andrea Donohoe, NH 03-08-15
This is a wonderful soup and so satisfying. This is the satisfaction I look for but never seem to get when I have a craving for sweets. Adding other tastes and textures to the sweet carrots and parsnips brings the balance needed to satisfy hunger. The seeds toasted in oil add a nice crunch along with a soothing quality from the oil. I also tried it with kale and it was delicious too.
Both chickpeas and sunflower seeds have the effect of reducing Kapha. Either one will work!
I can see some chickpeas on the picture instead of sunflower seeds as mentionned ? What do you suggest if we put "some" chickpeas instead of the sunflower seeds. To remove excess of Kapha during the winter ?
- Jean-pierre 01-25-17
This was absolutely delicious and super easy to make. I used what I had on hand (a potato instead of a parnship and Swiss chard instead of kale) and it turned out so good. The toasted sunflower seeds as a topping was perfecto! Well written simple recipe! Thanks