When the weather turns chilly, I turn to soups to warm me from the inside out. Soup is a great way to load up on your vitamins and capitalize on the great seasonal vegetables - plus it's a favourite of mine for a fall detox. Fall is one of the best times to detox (the other being Spring). It's a time of reflecting on summer indulgences and setting up new routines, almost like a second chance at my New Year's Resolutions (maybe I'll stick to these ones). And what tops my list each year? Eat better. When the reward is a dish-full of delicious, this is definitely something I can get behind!
So let's talk food. Cooking your veggies into a soup enhances the nutrient extraction and reduces the burden on your digestive system - all good things when it comes to a fall detox. With the change of seasons and cooling temperatures, we're sharing one of our favourite recipes. Not only is this soup the perfect blend of nutritious fall vegetables and warming spices, it also highlights some major health benefits - perfect for a fall detox:
- Ginger - stimulates digestion, circulation and enhances the body's natural detox process - building up your defences against illness and disease
- Butternut Squash - rich in phytonutrients, fibre and antioxidants, it has just the right balance to support a healthy immune system
- Carrot - high in beta-carotene (converted to Vitamin A in the body) a potent antioxidant for immune support, but also assists the liver flush out toxins from the body
Notice the emphasis on strengthening the immune system? The goal of a fall detox is not only to rejuvenate with fresh energy, but also to give our immune system a boost so that we don't catch a cold with the change of season. That sounds like a great plan to me - I am NOT a fan of runny noses and sore throats! But enough ramblings, let's get cooking.