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Immune-Boosting Green Soup

By MarvinDecember 8, 2017

Green Soup

Green soup? Sounds a little bit too healthy, right? You might ask: where’s my sugar, is it tasty or even; would I rather die than eat this green stuff? And if I do eat it, will it fill me up so I don’t end up craving sweets an hour later?

 

Well, we won’t give you processed sugar, that’s for sure. But we will give you plenty of crunch and fat. Most people see fat as a the #1 ingredient for weight gain, but it’s not. First of all, fat is a flavor enhancer. That’s why most low fat products need tons of added sugars to taste good. So by adding a little fat, you add a lot of flavor. Eating enough fat can actually slash your cravings for sweets. It also increases satiety, so you’re full for longer. 

 

Getting a balance of healthy fatty acids, from both animal and plant sources, is important. That’s why our soup contains pumpkin seeds and walnuts, and chicken broth and cheese. Plus, the soup is full of garlic. Garlic has a lot of nutritional power, but its most amazing ability is to function as an antioxidant. Antioxidants might help prevent cancer, plus they keep your immune system activated during the cold winter months. So we say, load on the garlic! One word of caution- you may want to be careful kissing someone after having this green soup! Or maybe you both eat it, and then enjoy a garlicky smooch.

 

Ingredients:

  • 5 unpeeled garlic cloves
  • 2 pounds broccoli—cut into 1-inch florets, stems reserved for another use
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • Crushed walnuts 
  • Pumpkin seeds

 

Preparation:

1) Preheat the oven to 400°. Wrap the garlic in aluminum foil. Roast for 50 minutes until the garlic is softened.

2)At the same time, toss the broccoli with olive oil and butter and a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper. Bake the broccoli for 20 minutes.

3)Squeeze the garlic cloves from their skins into a blender.

4)Pour the roasted broccoli, cream cheese and broth to the blender and puree until smooth.

5)Transfer the soup to a saucepan and heat it up slowly. Add some more sea salt and pepper to taste.

6)Sprinkle pumpkin seeds and crushed walnuts on the soup. 

 

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