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The Yoga Kitchen’s Top Immune Boosting Foods Fight off cold's and flu this winter with these foods.

3rd April 2017

Winter is approaching, and I am looking forward to making cozy fires and cooking, nourishing warming meals, unfortunately we can all also assume that our immunity will be challenged and tested in the next few months. Here are my top cold & flu fighting foods to strengthen your immune system.

Foods Rich in Vitamin A: Vitamin A protects our body against infections, and keeps our skin healthy, you may not think of your skin being part of your immune system. But this crucial organ, covering an impressive 16 square feet, serves as a first-line of defense against bacteria and viruses. To stay strong and healthy, your skin needs vitamin A.

Foods abundant in Vitamin A are orange fleshed sweet potatoes (the Jewel variety), carrots, watercress, mangoes, pumpkins/ squash, cabbage, tomatoes and broccoli

Zinc is essential for good immune health; it helps fight infections and is important for many other functions in the body as well as keeping cold sores at bay. Foods rich in Zinc, dry split peas, non GMO peanuts, almonds, are Oysters,

Mushrooms, especially Shiitake & Reishi mushrooms has powerful anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that can help prevent and treat the common cold and candida infections.

Broccoli and Spinach are powerhouses of vitamin A, C and E, the trick is to cook both as little as possible, lightly steam or stir-fry it, add it too soups or stew right at the end, or eat it raw in salads.

Foods rich in Vitamin C – no surprises here, we all know how important Vitamin C is for our immune health, Red Pepper is exceptionally high in vitamin C, and a great immune boosting snack idea is to eat an especially garlicky homemade hummus paired with organic carrot & red pepper ‘sticks’. Citrus is also an excellent source of vitamin C, start your day with the juice of 1 lemon into a large glass of boiled, then cooled water, not only will this add a healthy dose of vitamin C into your body, but it’s also an effective way to assist in creating a more alkaline environment.

Chicken blocks the migration of inflammatory white cells—an important finding, because cold symptoms are a response to the cells’ accumulation in the bronchial tubes. The amino acid cysteine, released from chicken during cooking, chemically resembles the bronchitis drug acetylcysteine, which may explain the results. The soup’s salty broth keeps mucus thin the same way cough medicines do. Added spices, such as garlic and onions, can increase soup’s immune-boosting power.

Garlic: This potent onion relative contains the active ingredient allicin, which fights infection and bacteria. British researchers gave 146 people either a placebo or a garlic extract for 12 weeks; the garlic takers were two-thirds less likely to catch a cold.

Barley & Oats: These grains contain beta-glucan, a type of fibre with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities reported to be more potent than Echinacea. Beta -glucan boosts immunity, and speeds wound healing.

Why not create some recipes that include as many of the above immune boosting foods as possible, below is my version of an immune boosting chicken soup that will also be an excellent cold & flu remedy meal for those who have succumbed to the sniffles.

Immune Boosting Chicken Soup with Sweet Potato, Barley & Garlic

Serves 4 – 6 portions

Ingredients:

  • 2 brown onions, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves of fresh garlic, finely grated or crushed
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 6 skinless chicken thighs (only choose birds free from growth hormones and antibiotic treatment)
  • 5 liters of filtered water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups of finely shredded baby spinach
  • 2 medium jewel sweet potatoes, peeled and then grated
  • ½ cup of dry pearled barley
  • A dash of cream or coconut cream (approx. 50 ml)
  • Pink salt to taste

Instructions:

  • Saute the onion in some coconut oil or grass fed butter until translucent, then add the chicken pieces and brown them evenly, seasoning them with salt.
  • Once the chicken pieces are browned, add the turmeric, garlic, bay leaves & thyme.
  • Next add the liquid; seasoning with some more salt and cover with the lid of the pot, then turn the heat down to a slow simmer for approximately 1 hour.
  • When the soup has been cooking for an hour, remove the chicken pieces, de-boning them, putting the meat aside, and adding the larger bones back to the pot, then add the barley, sweet potato and cook for another 45 minutes on low heat.
  • When the soup has cooked for another 45 minutes, remove the bones, add the spinach and chicken pieces (you can chop it it into smaller pieces before adding them back to the pot). Let it all simmer together for another 15 minutes and then serve with a drizzle of olive oil.

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Lunch + Dinner Recipes, Soup

Delicious Tomato & Pesto Detox Soup gluten free, grain free

26th April 2015

When you are focusing on eating clean food, and you want to reboot your metabolism with delicious plant-based, wholefoods, this soup should become to one of your staples.

serves 4 generous portions:

Soup Ingredients

  • 8 vine tomatoes, washes and halved
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small sachet of tomato paste (one without too many additives)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 vegetable stock cube, or 1 heaped table spoon of veggie stock powder
  • 1 clove of fresh garlic, crushed
  • 1 sprig of fresh origanum
  • 3 table spoons of dried onion flakes
  • 1 table spoon of brown sugar to ‘neutralize’ the acidic taste of the tomatoes
  • pink salt and pepper to taste

Soup Instructions

  • roast the halved vine tomatoes in a oiled baking tray on high heat for approx. 30 min
  • while the tomatoes are roasting, combine all the other ingredients in a soup pot and let it come to the boil, once boiling, turn down the heat to medium and let it simmer for another 30min.
  • remove the roasted tomatoes from their peels with 2 x forks, and add the flesh to the soup, remove from the heat and blend it to a silky smooth consistence with a hand blender

Pesto

While the soup is simmering and tomatoes roasting, combine 2 handfuls of fresh basil leaves, 1/2 cup of raw cashews, 1/2 cup of cold pressed olive oil, juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1/2 teaspoon of salt in the food processor and blend until it is a course pesto, serve your soup with a generous dollop of this green yumminess.

Lunch + Dinner Recipes, Soup

Delicious Tomato & Pesto Soup gluten free, grain free

26th April 2015

When you are focusing on eating clean food, and you want to reboot your metabolism with delicious plant-based, wholefoods, this soup should become to one of your staples.

serves 4 generous portions:

Soup Ingredients

  • 8 vine tomatoes, washes and halved
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small sachet of tomato paste (one without too many additives)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 vegetable stock cube, or 1 heaped table spoon of veggie stock powder
  • 1 clove of fresh garlic, crushed
  • 1 sprig of fresh origanum
  • 3 table spoons of dried onion flakes
  • 1 table spoon of brown sugar to ‘neutralize’ the acidic taste of the tomatoes
  • pink salt and pepper to taste

Soup Instructions

  • roast the halved vine tomatoes in a oiled baking tray on high heat for approx. 30 min
  • while the tomatoes are roasting, combine all the other ingredients in a soup pot and let it come to the boil, once boiling, turn down the heat to medium and let it simmer for another 30min.
  • remove the roasted tomatoes from their peels with 2 x forks, and add the flesh to the soup, remove from the heat and blend it to a silky smooth consistence with a hand blender

Pesto

While the soup is simmering and tomatoes roasting, combine 2 handfuls of fresh basil leaves, 1/2 cup of raw cashews, 1/2 cup of cold pressed olive oil, juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1/2 teaspoon of salt in the food processor and blend until it is a course pesto, serve your soup with a generous dollop of this green yumminess.

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bhodi khaya retreat soup Bhodi Khaya yoga retreat soup

2nd April 2015

Elaine Seidel, Bhodi Khaya Retreat

Last weekend I attended a much longed for yoga retreat at Bhodi Khaya, lead by the wonderful yoga teacher and artist, Elaine Seidel. When departing for my weekend away I was quite nervous to leave my 2 girls and hubby behind, but it turned out they had a marvelous time without me, eating far too much chocolate, going on game drives and not combing their hair…but the important thing is that my lovely little family survived the weekend without me, and it served us all well in different ways.

My good friend, tribe member and soul sister, Alka Martine, asked me to join her on this retreat, tempted already to spend some me-time with my friend, the scales were tipped when I heard that Elaine Seidel was leading it, of whom I had heard only great things.

I am a stay at home + work from home mom, have two gorgeous super busy little girls, and when last weekend arrived I was so ready to have some ‘me time’…for the first time since my 20 month old was born….phew…

Bhodi Khaya is near Stanford in the Overberg, the farm has a rich and long history, the setting is pretty and peaceful, the food is gorgeous, there are great walks to go on and the studio is wonderful.

Alka and I shared a cozy en-suite room (Fern) leading to the quad, and once we settled in and unpacked it was time for our first yoga class. To say it was blissfull is a understatement. Elaine teaches a unique Vinyasa Flow yoga style, influenced by her own body-journey, Iyengar Yoga and Synergy Yoga. She knows her stuff, is gentle, intuitive, inspiring, light hearted and has tons of humility…a magical combination in a teacher.

That friday night class was the first of many happy hours spent on my mat. As a yoga teacher and retreat facilitator myself, and due to geographical challenges, I rarely have the chance to attend yoga classes, did I mention that it was blissful?..The blissfullness is made up as follows; one 1/3 is being taught by a amazing teacher, one 1/3 is being the participant and not the teacher for a change, and one 1/3 is lazing and relaxing in a tranquil setting with lots of beautiful souls to share it with.

If you are a yogi (even the beginner kind), and need some time out and reflection, I highly reccomend signing up for a yoga retreat, I can’t wait for my next one…and a little bird told me Elaine is planning another retreat in October 2015, to get in touch with Elaine about retreats, or her classes in Cape Town, you can email her on lain.paint@yahoo.com

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In this post I am also sharing my version of a delicious tomato soup we were served on our first night at Bhodi Khaya.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large aubergine, sliced thickly and salted
  • 10 medium tomatoes, roasted and then de-skinned after
  • 1 brown onion
  • 5 table spoons of tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 L good gluten free vegetable stock (I use the ‘Health Connections’ Veggie stock)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 sprig of origanum
  • 1 hanfull of fresh basil
  • 2 cups of shredded spinach
  • Pink salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Heat your oven to 180 degrees celcius and roast the tomatoes & aubergine in two separate oiled trays. The aubergines needs to be sliced in 2cm thick slices and salted both sides with a generous amount of olive oil coating both sides. The tomatoes you can just cut in half and place them face up in the tray, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt.
  • Roast both the tomatoes and aubergines in a pre-heated oven for 30min, then turn the oven off and take out the tomatoes….but leave the aubergine’s in the oven to keep roasting while you prepare the tomatoes…your aiming for that marrowy texture.
  • Peel the skins from the roasted tomatoes and set aside, discarding the peels.
  • Now fry the onion,chopped finely in some coconut oil, then add the tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, herbs, salt, stock and last the roasted aubergines & spinach.
  • Now cook all the ingredients together for another 30-40minutes, then take it off the heat and let it cool for approx. 10 minutes before whizzing with a hand  lender into a silky smooth & velvetty soup.
  • Serve with some sourdough bread…….or add less stock ( only 350ml) and it becomes a delicious pasta sauce!

Happy cooking, with love, from the yoga kitchen

 

 

 

Soup

Butternut Soup with Cheddar, Greek Yogurt and Coriander Vegetarian + Gluten/Grain Free

2nd December 2014

I love butternut soup and this is my favourite version. Perfect for a rainy day, and it can easily become vegan friendly if you don’t garnish it with yogurt and cheese. This soup is also perfect as part of a detox if you exclude the cheese and yogurt.

Serves 4 -6

Ingredients:

  • 1 large butternut, peeled, cubed & deseeded.
  • 1 liter chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 large brown onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • Butter or coconut oil to fry your onions in
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of each of the following: cumin, paprika, turmeric, coriander, mild masala.
  • To garnish: grated mature white cheddar, live greek yogurt, fresh chopped coriander. Pink salt and black pepper to taste.

Instructions:

  • Fry onions until soft and golden
  • Add spices + garlic and fry lightly for a minute or two.
  • Add cubed butternut and stock and let this doup cook slowly for about 45min to an hour. Then just pop your hand blender in the pot and whizz up into a silky smooth soup, or if your prefer a less smooth texture mush it up with your potato masher.
  • Then serve in a bowl and dress with yogurt, cheese and coriander and enjoy.  This lovely little soup is very good as a starter or even a light dinner.

Happy cooking, with ♡ from the yoga kitchen.