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Care for coughs and colds season… Anti-Viral Sweet Potato, Coconut & Ginger Soup

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Anti-viral Soup…

So that’s it… We’re well and truly in autumn… Coughs and colds are settling in… the days, although bright and cold are shorter as the nights draw in… This is the time of year where we hunker down with cosy socks and movies or good books in the evenings… Where naturally our bodies look for more rest… Warming the body with spices is a great way to stave off viruses.  Recent research in Taiwan has shown fresh ginger has an antiviral activity against HRSV (a virus causing respiratory tract infections).  Likewise taking yoga poses which open up the chest, stimulating circulation to the upper body can aid breathing.  Taking relaxing breathing exercises can help to relieve tension, which in turn allows the body to effectively release congestion.  Taking extra care of ourselves during the change of seasons, the cooling of the atmosphere and the longer darker nights serves us well in staying healthy.  And, if we do end up with a winter virus… rest.  Move gently.  Eat nourishing foods and allow the body the space to heal.

 

Ingredients:

2 Carrots

2 Red Onions

4 Cloves Crushed Garlic

2 Sticks Celery

2 Medium Sweet Potatoes

1 Thumb Grated Fresh Ginger

250mls Coconut Cream

2tsps Ground Turmeric

1/2 Cup Red Lentils

Salt & Pepper

1tbsp Coconut Oil

Method:

1) Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil (or any other oil you’d like to use) in a large pan on the hob.

2) Finely chop the onions, dice the carrots, crush and chop the garlic, finely slice the celery and add to the pan.  Soften for around 10 minutes.

3) Dice the sweet potatoes and grate the ginger.  Add to the pan along with the coconut milk and stir so all the veg is covered.

4) Add the red lentils, pinch of salt and pepper and top with water until the veg is covered.  Bring to the boil and simmer for around 20 minutes until the lentils are cooked and the sweet potato is soft through.  Check after 10 minutes and add water if it’s looking too dry.

5) Blend and serve (with a side of cheesy toast!!)

Enjoy… wishing you all a very healthy autumn…!  Click here for more information on Yoga Classes in Hersham & Walton.

Click here for Yoga Journals advise on practicing yoga during a cold.

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