Live healthy with Heather

This week cam­paigner and food writer Heather Mills talks to us about soup for the soul...

Daily Mirror - - LIFE -

Now the weather is turn­ing, boost­ing our im­mune sys­tem is more es­sen­tial than ever, with all the nasty viruses gain­ing mo­men­tum. The eas­i­est way to get nu­tri­ents in our bod­ies is to eat soup. If your body can di­gest them, then al­ways start with gar­lic and onions.

Gar­lic is sci­en­tif­i­cally proven to help re­duce choles­terol and could even lift moods and im­prove de­pres­sion.

Onions are packed with vi­ta­min C and B6 as well as po­tent plant com­pounds recog­nised for cen­turies for treat­ing ev­ery­thing from headaches to mouth ul­cers. To cap­ture these nu­tri­ents, rather than fry in oil, add a ta­ble­spoon of wa­ter at a time, pre-mixed in veg­etable bul­lion, and wet fry them un­til they re­lease their juices. You can do this with all the veg­eta­bles in your soups.

This noo­dle soup recipe is de­li­cious as it is but if you’re feed­ing a car­ni­vore, throw in some VBites hoisin duck and see if they can tell it’s vegan.

You will need:

Packet of rice noo­dles (es­pe­cially use­ful for gluten in­tol­er­ance)

Sev­eral of your favourite mush­rooms (con­tain­ing pro­tein, fi­bre and B vi­ta­mins)

2 whole jalapenos (rich in vi­ta­mins A and C, K and carotene)

4 spring onion stalks (for vi­ta­mins A, C and fo­late)

Hand­ful of chopped fresh co­rian­der (rich in vi­ta­mins C and K)

Le­mon grass cut 2in, slightly crushed to re­lease the juices

Five kaf­fir lime leaves (in south­east Asia they chew it to help bad breath) One can of co­conut milk

2tsp of maple syrup

1tsp of Hi­malayan salt

1tbsp of veg­etable bul­lion

3tbsp tamarind (full of polyphe­nols, a great an­tiox­i­dant/anti-in­flam­ma­tory) 3 cups of wa­ter

2tbsp of chilli paste

1Add

1/2 the co­conut milk to the al­ready cooked onions and gar­lic, then add lemon­grass, lime leaves, syrup, salt, bouil­lon, tamarind and heat gen­tly. 2Once

cooked, add the rest of co­conut milk, sliced jalapenos, mush­rooms, chilli paste, spring onions and co­rian­der. Sim­mer for 20 min­utes. 3Serve

over the cooked rice noo­dles and gar­nish with co­rian­der.

The eas­i­est way to get nu­tri­ents in our bod­ies is to eat soup

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