Medicinal Green Soup / by emily penn

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Food is medicine. I firmly believe in that and if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you do, too. Even Hippocrates knew food was medicine, way back when.

It’s my goal - personally and professionally - to harness all the medicinal power of food and nourish myself, my clients and those I love with it. It’s my mission and my passion.

One of the most important times to harness the healing properties of foods is when we’re getting sick. Anytime I feel like I’m coming down with something, I focus big-time on what I’m putting into my body. I focus on nutrient-dense foods, herbs and anti-inflammatory and high-antioxidant foods.

Another thing that I think is important to keep in mind is that digestion takes a lot of our body’s energy. When your body is fighting an illness or infection, it needs all its resources. While focusing on nutrient-density of food, I also focus on lighter foods and easy-to-digest foods.

That’s what makes this Medicinal Green Soup so amazing! It’s very simply and easy digest, while also being loaded with ingredients that nourish your body. Let’s look at the ingredients:

Bone Broth - bone broth supports gut health and is anti-inflammatory (for vegans/vegetarians, you can use veggie broth or water in place of this)

Greens - greens have tons of micronutrients to support cellular health. You can use any you like here, I prefer the neutral taste of spinach - which is also high in vitamin C

Garlic - long hailed as a highly medicinal food, garlic is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. It’s been known to reduce the duration of the common cold.

Fresh Herbs - herbs are concentrated in antioxidants, support the liver and are anti-inflammatory. You can use any you like here - parsley, cilantro, oregano, rosemary, basil, etc.

Himalayan or Sea or Celtic Salt - real salt contains trace minerals that nourish the adrenals and help support fluid balance.

Avocado - if you choose to include the avocado, it’s fully of healthy fats, fiber and potassium.

Medicinal Green Soup

serves 1 / total time 10 minutes

2 cups organic bone broth (chicken or beef)
large handful of greens of your choice (I like spinach)
fresh herbs of your choice (about 1 tbsp of each)
1 clove of garlic
good quality real salt to taste
1/2 avocado (optional)

1. In a small saucepan, gently heat bone broth, greens and herbs until it’s as hot as you’d like it and greens have started to wilt.
2. Add bone broth, greens, herbs and garlic to a blender. Blend on high for 30-60 seconds until greens are fully blended. Taste and season to your liking with salt.
3. Pour into a bowl, over 1/2 chopped avocado if desired, and enjoy!