I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:
Your gut is the base of your health. When your digestion works well, the rest of your health will be well too.
In fact, we now know that when your gut and digestion are well, you are less likely to feel depressed as your gastrointestinal system is where most of your dopamine and serotonin are produced.
Happy gut = happy mood.
This simple soup recipe combines sweet turnips, potatoes, leafy greens and garlic for a powerful digestive aid.
It’s the kind of recipe we’ll be enjoying in my 8-week Cravings Cleanse! Click here to sign up – we start 2/12!
And it’s a perfect dinner on a chilly spring or winter evening.
Turnips aid the digestion, dissolve mucus, and are good for general detoxification. They’re also high in anti-carcinogenic glucosinolates.
Potatoes (be sure to get organic!) nurture stomach functions and help cool inflammation, except arthritic conditions.
Leeks support the movement of energy, or chi, throughout the body and are an excellent source of lutein, which protects your eye and cardiovascular health.
Chard treats the large intestines, stomach and cools overheated conditions. It’s also used to ease constipation in the elderly, and has anti-carcinogenic properties.
This soup is powerful!
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 medium leeks, or 1 large leek, tender green and white parts only, cleaned & sliced thinly
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 garlic cloves
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon taragon
1 teaspoon dill
1 pound white turnips, cut into 3/4 inch chunks
1 pound small red potatoes, cut into 1 inch chunks
4 cups chard leaves, trimmed and chopped
1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the leeks, season with a the salt, and sauté until soft, about 3 minutes.
2. Add the garlic, bay leaf, tarragon, and dill and sauté for 1 minute more.
3. Add 6 cups of water, the turnips, potatoes and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, covered, until the vegetables are tender, about 15-20 minutes.
4. Add the chard and simmer until wilted, about 2-3 minutes. Taste and season with salt and fresh black pepper and serve hot.