Immunity is something we need to look after. Too many of us get sick and then get sick again and again…and we go straight for the antibiotics. Prevention is better than cure. Look after yourself and strengthen the body. Eat with the seasons and eat the right foods.
The immunity boosting soup
1 butternut pumpkin
1 big sweet potato
4 cloves crushed garlic
½cup almond milk
½cup pine nuts
5 small pieces tofu
2 blanched tomatoes
For a Thai pumpkin soup–
2 tablespoons curry paste
For a protein pumpkin soup–
1 big piece of tofu
1 tablespoon parsley and sage
Roast the whole butternut pumpkin, sweet potato, onions and garlic for 45 minutes on 200°C.
Place these all in the blender with the almond milk and tofu, pine nuts and blanched tomatoes, and blend.
Add some curry paste to make a great Thai pumpkin soup.
Add some grilled tofu pieces, fresh parsley and sage for a great protein meal.
Benefits of each ingredient
Pumpkin–Neutral, sweet, slightly bitter. A yin food and great for blood circulation.
Onions–Good for increasing urination and expelling phlegm.
Sweet Potato–A neutral food, sweet in flavour. It is used a spleen and energy tonic and kidney yin tonic.
Garlic –warm and pungent, promotes energy circulation. It warms the stomach and spleen.
Almond milk–Great for immunity.
Tomato–Good for thirst, poor appetite, hypertension and constipation. This fruit is quite cold in energy and both sweet and sour.
Pine nuts–Great for blood circulation. Do not include nuts if you have allergies.
Tofu –Ayin food; helps blood circulation and rids body of toxic heat.
Parsley–A sweet bitter tonic for the stomach,spleen, lungs and colon.
Excerpted with permission from Rob’s recipe book, ”Food for the body, mind & Spirit”.
Rob Lobosco is a doctor Of Chinese medicine, actor, presenter, writer, film maker, with a real love for health and well-being. He has runhealth retreats, at Yera Health Retreat, for the last ten years. He self-published his series of three health books, and two inspirational novels.
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