Soups For Gorgeous and Radiant Skin: Part 1

Nothing beats having a hot bowl of soup after a day of work in an air-conditioned room. Think of it warming up your tummy as you slurp down a delicious creamy mushroom soup right after work. Comforting for sure. Now, before you hover towards the X button on your screen (or push your home button), thinking that soups are probably the worst for you as they are always laden with sodium, we will like to share with you that there are many soup and broth recipes that require no addition of salt and taste amazing! No bags of guilt or scheduled heart attacks from these recipes that are collated below. So read on for some healthy soup recipes to warm your soul while reaping the benefits of beautiful skin and better overall health with the truckload of vitamins and minerals in them.

 

Broccoli & Potatoes

Being labelled as a carbohydrate-loaded root vegetable has thrown potatoes under the bus in the weight loss category for the longest time. But the high amount of potassium that is found in potatoes are the reasons behind the promotion of cell integrity and balance the electrolytes in your body. Meaning that it is a wonderful help in hydrating your cells and thus boosting your skin’s moisture level from the inside out. This underestimated key player in skin health plays a part in helping you to lighten your skin tone and forestall the appearance of dark spots on your skin. More reasons to have potatoes back on board your plate for sure.

The other key ingredient of this beauty potion of a soup is the broccoli. Before kale came into the picture as the glorious superfood, broccoli was king. Don’t get us wrong, it still is, just in a shadier spot at the moment. Anyway, the point is that broccoli ( like kale) is host to high antioxidants, vitamin C and E, which aids in collagen production in your skin, protects your skin from oxidative damages by free radicals and guards your skin against the radiation damages of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. If it makes things even better, this soup requires only 30 minutes to prep and freezes well for a reheat when you need a quick fix. Here is what you will need:

  • 2 cups of spinach (blended smooth with a cup of water)
  • 2 cups of broccoli (about 1 head of broccoli)
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon of thyme
  • ½  tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 cups of water
  • Cracked black pepper to taste
  • Chopped chives as garnish (optional)

In a large pot, heat up the olive oil over medium heat. Next, toss in the onions and garlic to cook till tender. Then add the water, carrots and potatoes to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil. After approximately 12 minutes, add the broccoli, blended spinach and thyme into the pot, and cover for 5 minutes. Make sure that the broccoli is fully steamed and still of a vibrant green shade. Lastly, puree the mix in a blender or go in with an immersion blender till smooth. Serve up with a touch of pepper and chives, if desired.

For freezing, pour the soup without the pepper and chives into ziplock bags or your preferred storage vessel, in portions for each serving, after it is completely cool in the cooking pot. Place them into the freezer and consume within 4 days. Simply reheat the desired amount in a pot and enjoy whenever.

 

Ginger, Turmeric & Carrot

This powerful trio can boost your skin and eye health with the amount of vitamin A and antioxidants that they contain. Loading these three ingredients into your soup or stew can have you enjoying glowing skin in no time. With the inclusion of ginger and turmeric in the mix, you get a boost in flavour and antiseptic, antibacterial and toning properties that can help prevent potential breakouts, reduce the signs of ageing and hypopigmentation. The duo also aids in detoxifying your body and better your immune system. Make the soup today with:

  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 2-inch piece of fresh turmeric, finely grated
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of mushrooms, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ tablespoon of olive oil
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg powder
  • ¼ cup of coconut milk

In a stockpot, heat up the olive oil and toss in the onions to saute them. When they are translucent, stir in the minced garlic, mushrooms, grated turmeric and ginger and let them sizzle in the pot. Next, add the carrots and water and bring everything to a boil, then let it simmer for 20-30 minutes till the carrots are cooked thoroughly. When it is ready, pour the hot mixture into a blender to mash things up or use a hand held one in the pot. Thereafter, stir in the lemon juice and nutmeg powder. Lastly, fold in the coconut milk and serve up with a sprinkle of the toasted black sesame seeds. Enjoy!