Super Immunity Soup Recipe

Super Immunity SoupBy: Kelli Roberts – Skilled Vegan Chef, Certified Health & Nutrition Counselor.

Here is a fantastic addition to your arsenal of immune-boosters and germ fighters ~ my superimmunity soup. This is really good stuff.  As soon as you start to eat it, you can feel all the little helpers getting into action.

Tarragon leek soup is known as the “vegetarian’s chicken soup”. I decided to take it up a notch and add in some more things that will help fight off the bad guys and make you feel invincible!

  • Leeks are part of the allium family, which are found to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.
  • Garlic is also in the allium family and also has found to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.
  • Ginger contains compounds that help reduce nausea and influence gastrointestinal function.
  • Tomatoes contain lycopene, a phytonutrient that helps prevent cancer, and tomatoes are also known to benefit urinary tract health.
  • Turmeric has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, and is being researched for its effects on cancer, diabetes, arthritis and more.

So without further ado, here is your recipe to feeling better in these cold months still to come 🙂

  • 2 leeks, halved and sliced. (Leeks tend to hold dirt in all those layers, so wash them well!)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • dash Himalayan salt
  • 3 cups water or veggie broth
  • 2 teaspoons dried tarragon or 1/4 cup fresh
  • 1/3 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup cashew cream (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 shakes cayenne pepper

Melt the coconut oil in a medium saucepan, then add the garlic, ginger and leeks and stir well.  Add a dash of salt to help bring out the water in the leeks while cooking. I used a fairly narrow pot with tall sides so the steam stayed close and helped the veggies to be steamed more than sauteed.

Once the leeks are soft and turning transluscent, add the water or veggie broth, tarragon and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer for about 10 minutes. Add salt & pepper to taste.

If you’re going to add the cashew cream, you can do that now (just blend 1/2 cup cashews with about half a cup of water, adding more as needed to reach the consistency you’re looking for). Also add the nutritional yeast, turmeric and cayenne, and simmer for about 5 more minutes.

Curl up in a nice warm blanket and enjoy!

Kelli RobertsKelli Roberts is a skilled Vegan Chef with a plant-based diet certificate from Cornell University, and is a certified health & nutrition counselor from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has been vegetarian for nearly 20 years and vegan for 11, and is a Level 3-certified TriYoga teacher. Kelli teaches vegan cooking classes and programs to transition to a plant-based diet (online and in person), leads vegan yoga retreats, and offers individualized nutrition and lifestyle counseling. http://www.kellisvegankitchen.com 

The Physical Benefits of Yoga

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Yogi, Priest, Life Coach, Speaker, 5 Rings Movement Therapist & Executive Director at Pathfinder Institute.

Yoga has been practiced for as long as anyone can remember. Though it is often associated with meditation and spirituality, it also has a lot of physical benefits that some people might not even be aware of. The great thing is that yoga is not a restrictive practice at all. It can be modified to accommodate any age group and virtually any health condition. Some yoga poses can even target trouble spots in your body that may need improvement. Regular yoga practitioners can attest to the physical improvements that have been made with constant yoga sessions.

Consistent yoga practice has proven to become a natural method of reducing pain. A great deal of yoga positions are said to relieve muscle tension, soreness, and stress. It can even target specific conditions like migraines, back pain, and menstrual cramps.

Yoga is primarily done to promote overall health and well-being, not just for preventive therapy or to correct certain conditions. Some physical benefits you may get as a practitioner would include improvement in your flexibility and strengthening your immune system. With a stronger immune system, it will follow that you’ll be less susceptible to acquiring illnesses.

Because yoga also covers breathing exercises as part of its regimen, it’s expected that the regular practitioner will have more stable breathing and an increase in lung capacity. This is important as deep breathing makes the body less acidic. Higher levels of acidity in the body can cause arthritis, bone and tissue damage, headaches, fatigue, and even stress.

Blood circulation will also improve with regular practice of yoga. A majority of the yoga poses and postures aim to maintain and improve proper blood circulation, aiding in the removal of body impurities and detoxification. This will also keep blood pressure at healthy levels.

If you practice yoga regularly, you’ll find a huge improvement in your flexibility and strength. Of course, the change will be evident after many sessions, considering the various poses involved. Practiced properly, endurance and stamina will also be boosted.

At the end of the day, you’ll never really get to know or appreciate the physical benefits of yoga unless you try it yourself. Who knows? You might be surprised to find that it’s benefits may go above and beyond your expectations. Awareness of your body/mind type really help for the specific practice for the best result..for more information feel free to contact me.

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Dinndayal Morgan

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Dinndayal Morgan Breast Cancer Authority ContributorDINNDAYAL MORGAN, Certified Kriya Yoga Teacher and Minister, Professor of Martial Science, , Movement Psychology, Five Rings and Stress Response Training has over 42 years of experience including seminars, workshops, and private classes with adults and youth. His classes are offered through numerous agencies including adult schools, recovery programs, continuation schools and other community programs.

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