Immune system booster – sweet potato, ginger and tumeric soup

I couldn’t resist sharing with you this powerful recipe that will not only boost your immune system but also increase your energy level.
I tried myself and I absolutely fall in love with this recipe.
Following CNM description, this spicy, warming soup has a perfect variety of ingredients to help with overall health and wellbeing.
  • Turmeric and ginger have anti-inflammatory properties and may support the immune system as well as sore, achy joints.
  • Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, necessary to form vitamin A which is essential for eye health, digestion and the immune system.
  • The chickpeas are a good source of protein. Eating protein with every meal, as well as eating complex carbohydrates such as vegetables helps sustain energy levels throughout the day. The soup can be made in batches and frozen.
 INGREDIENTS
  • 4 sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 tbsp olive/coconut oil for heating
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed 8 minutes before cooking to benefit from its properties
  • 2 cm freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 600 ml vegetable stock/water
  • 400 g cooked chickpeas rinsed thoroughly
  • salt and pepper to taste
Optional topping
  • a drizzle of extra virgin cold pressed olive oil or
  • 1 tsp coconut yogurt

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How to stay healthy and positive. Kate Milligan from Hong Kong shares her golden tips.

  • I lived in Hong Kong until I was 18 years old and had an extremely multicultural upbringing. I attended schools that were part of the English Schools Foundation (ESF), which meant that I received a British education while being exposed to Asian cultures and traditions on a regular basis. At 18 years old, I moved to the UK and completed both my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at British universities before starting work in the marketing department at a software technology company. I love to try different exercises and food, and really enjoy exploring new places!
  • What is the most common health ingredient used in your country
    • Fresh ginger is commonly used when cooking in Hong Kong. It has so many nutritional benefits and really brings out the flavor in lots of dishes.
  • What is an easy way to stay healthy and positive?
    • Everything in moderation – it is OK to have a sweet treat on occasion but exercise and a balanced diet will keep you healthy and positive. Tai Chi is a common form of exercise in Hong Kong and helps you focus on deep breathing and relaxation with slow gentle movements. Hong Kong dishes also rarely have really “starchy” foods like potatoes and pasta; normally, rice is used, or rice noodles in Asian cooking.
  • What always puts a big smile on your face
    • My friends and family – I always try to spend a lot of time with them. The family is a very important part of Asian culture and you always have to attend family meals or outings. Taking care of your older relatives is also expected of you.
  • Your most powerful quote/ what keeps you motivated
    • “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius945118_471130402973229_432476507_n
  • Who/ what inspires you?
    • Beto Perez; he’s the founder of the dance fitness program, Zumba, which was created in the 1990’s. He has a great passion for dance fitness and is always creating new dance routines. It’s great to know that I can go to a Zumba class to get fitter and healthier, without even noticing it because of my passion for dance