Watercress Soup

watercress soup

Watercress really is a superfood.
It’s highly nutritious, It strengthens the immune system, improves mental health and helps fight depression.
It also have a unique type of phytochemical called nasturin which may inhibit the growth of cancer cells. And if that was not enough it also helps in the production of breast milk.
Brimming with the B vitamins C, E ,carotene as well as calcium, fibre, iron and copper it’s also super delicious.

I make the above soup at least once a week, is amazingly easy and quick and so incredible full of goodness.
And if you’re looking to lose a bit of midriff lard, this is the perfect soup for lunch or dinner, maybe with a boiled egg. It will keep you feeling full for a long, long time.

I make mine with ginger, garlic and fresh turmeric.  3 ingredients that in themselves are superfoods!

You Need: 1 bunch of watercress,1 cup of hot water, coconut oil, 1 red onion, 2 garlic cloves, 1/2 cm of ginger, 1/2 cm of fresh turmeric, 1/2 tablespoon stock powder, black pepper.

Directions:
1. Heat up coconut oil In a pan, add a chopped red union.
2. When the union is soft you add the garlic, turmeric, ginger, after 1/2min also add the watercress
3. Pour over 1 cup of hot water, mix with stock powder.
4. Blend it, I use a handblender. I never let the soup boil so I don’t destroy any of the goodness Serve.

Watercress soup

♥L

Superfood: Blueberries

Blueberry drink

One of the benefits of living in Sweden is that 17% of the whole country is covered in blueberry shrubs.
Most children have spent time on their knees picking wild organic blueberries in the dense magical woods.
Blueberries is a superfood for sure, they contain more powerful disease fighting antioxidants than any other fruit.
The berries are low in sugar but densely packed with nutrients.
They are absolutely loaded with antioxidants like anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, Vitamin E, A, Copper, Selenium, zinc and iron.

So way is wild organic blueberries a superfood?
First of all the antocyanin and ellagic acid have been proven to protect against cancer. It dissolves bad cholesterol and can strengthen the heart. The risk of getting diabetes is much lower if your diet contains blueberries.
Research also shows that eating blueberries makes your eye sight better, something RAF pilots during world war 2 know all about. They were munching on blueberries before a mission.
And they work their magic in the looks department as well,  blueberries neutralizes the free radicals which affects aging. The list goes on..

It’s sometimes hard to get hold of wild organic blueberries. Cultivated blueberries does not contain the same amount of nutrients as wild ones, but the good news is that wild blueberries keep their goodness intact if you put them in the freezer.
When I can’t find wild berries I get organic cultivated ons and also wild blueberry jam, or a juice, like the one in the picture above which contains 100% wild blueberries, just to make sure I get as much of the goodness as possible.

♥L

Superfood: Artichoke

Artichoke

Artichoke is a nutrient dense superfood. An excellent gallbladder and liver detoxer (extremely good for me today after a late night at Da Polpo with a lot of wino) it’s packed with magnesium, chromium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, iron and calcium. It’s also very low in calories, around 26 per artichoke!

This is how I like mine:
* Wash thoroughly
* Cut the stalk and trim the outer though green leaves right down
* Bring to boil and let it simmer for 20-40 minutes depending on the size, when you can easily pull a leaf off it’s done
* Drain well and place on a plate. Open up the choke and remove the inner tiny leaves with paper towel (it’s HOT)
*Shave the chokes beard off with a knife. The kids love this!
* Make tiny holes in the base. Add a knob of unsalted butter and Himalayan crystal salt or olive oil
* Pull off the leaves and dip in the melted butter and pull through teeth to remove the soft portion of the leaf.
* When all the leaves are finished, Tuck into the delicious bottom (now soaked with the butter or oilive oil) yum!

preparing artichoke

cooking artichokes

prepping artichoke

prepping a artichoke

♥L