Whilst summer has passed us by for another year, we welcome autumn with open arms. A decapitating heat wave presenting the hottest summer we’ve had in decades has all but passed; as we move closer into the cooler months of the year. And with that comes the ability to dine on certain pleasures we’d unknowingly forgotten. Whilst summer graced us with meals to quench our thirst, the introduction of autumn allows us to experience the pleasure of simplicity, wrapped up beside the fireplace with a marvelously rich tomato and vegetable soup offering a host of healthy benefits.
1 chicken breast, roughly chopped
1 brown onion
6 cups water
4 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup rice
Salt and pepper
1 tsp chilli oil
Remember, the key to a flavorful soup is in allowing the ingredients to cook thoroughly and combine with each other, patience is essential.
What are the benefits?
Chicken – If you’re after a quality source of lean protein, consider chicken breast as a supplement to muscle growth and development. Amongst aiding muscle growth, chicken is also high in the amino acid ‘tryptophan’ which provides you with the commonly accustomed to feeling of comfort. Eating chicken will increase serotonin levels in your brain, enhance your mood and decrease stress levels. In entering senior years, chicken helps aid against bone loss, osteoporosis and arthritis.
Carrots – Forget Vitamin A pills, carrots have officially been declared the crunchy powerfood. An age old benefit most of us associate carrots with is improved vision. Carrots are high in beta-carotene, this is converted to Vitamin A in the liver and transferred to the retina as rhodopsin, a pigment which assists with night vision. Carrots have shown evidence to benefit against macular degeneration (age-related eyesight decay). Studies have revealed that those who consumed carrots regularly showed 40 percent lower risk of developing macular degeneration than those who consumed little.
Mushrooms – Of 140,000 species of known mushrooms, scientists are now familiar with just 10% of them. It’s important to buy organically or grow your own mushrooms as they will absorb what they are grown in – good or bad. Roughly 100 species of mushroom are being closely examined for their health-promoting benefits, and of those hundred 12 stand out for their ability to boost your immune system.
Our lovely autumn tomato soup offers a whole host of weight loss, anti-aging, energy and cancer fighting benefits.