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
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
INGREDIENTSSKILL LEVEL: EASY
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 Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
This simple soup greets you with sweet and savory notes in a light, nurturing broth. It 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.
The pungency of parsnips helps decongest the lungs and circulatory system, restoring blood flow. Carrots contain beta-carotene which stimulates the liver in spring. Brightly bitter collard greens lighten this nurturing soup.
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.
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Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
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).
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ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.
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ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
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ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
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 BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulates rejection. It is a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and 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. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
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Bland means doesn't have much taste. In Chinese medicine, bland taste refers to afood without little macronutrients, such as cabbage, radish or bok choy.
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Downward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Carrot Ginger Soup with Parsnips & Collard Greens
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Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-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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Nerve Relaxant Grounding
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. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.
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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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Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. 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 improves blood cell quality or hemoglobin content. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
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Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.
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, Vitamin A
, Vitamin K
Calcium nourishes bones and muscles. A muscle cell is activated when calcium enters the cell. It relaxes when the calcium is secreted.
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, Vitamin C
, Beta Carotene
, Vitamin E
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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
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His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel,
as well as 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.
Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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Cannot wait to try this - love soups!
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