In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), warming foods (both in temperature and in the foods' properties) are better for digestion over cold/raw foods like dairy, ice-cream, cold salads, sugar, or raw vegetables because the latter negatively affect the spleen organ in TCM. The organs of digestion in TCM are the spleen and stomach and these must be functioning optimally for supporting our immune system.
We would all love to have a strong immune system in the winter to help fight off colds and flus hence why consuming soft, cooked and/or warm foods and drinks, as well as foods that are generally warming in nature like turmeric, cinnamon, some other spices, soups, stews, warm salads, and orange coloured vegetables are preferable during this time of year. Acupuncture is also great for supporting the TCM organs of digestion and your immune system.
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- 2 tbsp miso paste
- 2-3 cups hot water
- 1 yellow pepper
- ½ zucchini
- 2 stalks celery
- 1-2 tbsp grapeseed or avocado oil
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tbsp minced ginger
- Sprinkle of Epicure 3 onion mix (if you don't have this, you can use onion powder or an onion salt seasoning mix)
- Basil to taste
- Thyme to taste
- Rosemary to taste
- 1/4 cup Silk unsweetened coconut almond blend dairy alternative
- Dissolve the miso paste in the hot water
- Cut the yellow peppers into small squares
- Cut the zucchini, you can leave the skin on. I had zucchini spirals leftover so I used this
- Cut the celery into small pieces.
- Heat the oil in a pot. Add the ginger and garlic and let them sizzle for 30 seconds
- Add the vegetables (yellow peppers, celery, and zucchini) and cook covered for 3-5 minutes
- Add miso and hot water mixture, stir, cover and let it boil for approximately 30 minutes or until vegetables are all tender. You may need to add more water.
- Take the soup off the heat and use an immersion blender to blend the soup. Once blended, return it to the heat.
- Add dried rosemary, thyme and basil and the 3 onion mix (or onion powder) to taste.
- Towards the end of cooking, just before serving, add the almond milk. It was either 1/4 cup or a little less.
- You can have this soup on its own; Add some cooked rice; or have it with a warm piece of baguette.
I hope you enjoy this soup recipe. Leave a comment below with your thoughts or any modifications you made.
If you are someone who frequently gets sick and are intrigued by the connection between consuming warming foods and how it supports the immune system, there are many other ways naturopathic medicine can support your immune system. These include ensuring proper hormone balance, optimal digestion, and, making sure your thyroid hormones, iron levels and vitamin D are all at optimal levels. Immune booster vitamin IVs are also available.