Food for Thought: Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe
BY AMANDA BIALEK
Becoming the healthiest you starts with two ingredients – preventive care and action steps. Annual visits with your primary care doctor are important. But the steps you take before and after your appointment also matter.
The journey to health continues at home in your kitchen. We recommend unwinding after a long day with a warm bowl of Carrot Ginger Soup. This recipe is tasty and packed with benefits you don’t want to miss out on.
We carrot about you
One of the main ingredients is carrots, an excellent source of vitamins, like vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K1. This veggie is rich in beta carotene. Your body converts the beta carotene into vitamin A, which is essential for growth, good vision and immune function. Carrots also contain vitamin C, a contributor to collagen production. That helps with your hair, skin and nail health, and supports the body as it heals from a wound. You also boost your bone health with the vitamin K1 that comes from carrots.
Ginger is good for you
Another powerhouse in this recipe is ginger. Did you know it helps with digestion and reduces nausea? Research shows it’s highly effective in taming the tummy and provides relief for other common health problems like muscle pain. Ginger contains a compound called gingerol, so it has anti-inflammatory effects on the body and also relieves stress.
Small, but mighty – garlic and onions
Not only do garlic and onions add great flavor to the soup, they both have impressive health benefits. These vegetables are part of the allium family of plants and have medicinal effects on the body.
Garlic can boost your immune system, which helps lower your chances of catching a cold. If you already are sick, eating garlic may reduce the severity of your symptoms. Onions are rich in vitamins like B9 and B6, yet low in calories. Folate (B9) is important for healthy red blood cell production. Vitamin B6 helps the body break down proteins and fats as well as supports brain health.
Let’s start cooking
Now you know the scoop on Carrot Ginger Soup. It’s loaded with nutrients. So, head on over to your kitchen and start cooking. You won’t regret enjoying this savory dish on a cool autumn night. For the full recipe, check out the video below.
This recipe is brought to you by your health care partners at LVPG Primary Care – reminding you a healthy outside starts from the inside. To learn about LVPG primary care or to find a provider near you, visit LVHN.org/primarycare.