FOOD: SOUPS TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS

Its all about the garlic !

As many of you may be self isolating or it may become mandatory soon particularly for my older followers I am going to introduce you to three nutritional powerhouse soups. All can be made very quickly , and all can be made from frozen and store cupboard ingredients. The reason I chose these soups………

  • You may be on your own so very little prep required (no chopping and peeling)
  • When you are feeling poorly you sometimes only want soup
  • All the ingredients are good for the immune system and detoxifying the body
  • You can make one big pot for when you feel like a littel throughout the day
  • Soft food so good for sore throats

Many people are stockpiling tinned soups these contain high levels of salt and sugar which can cause inflammation. Important to cut down on sugars and dairy when you have flu symptoms as they can excacerbate mucus in the membranes and inflammation. You need plenty of protein to fight the infection. avoid acidic foods eg tomatoes if you are vomiting .

Ingredients to Stockpile

Your shopping list for all 3 soups:

FROZEN SECTION

BAGS OF: CHOPPED ONIONS/LEAF SPINACH/BUTTERNUT SQUASH/BROAD BEANS/CHICKEN BREASTS

STORE CUPBOARD

JAR OF FRESH GRATED GINGER/CHICKEN STOCK CUBES/TURMERIC POWDER/GHEE/ FRESH GARLIC BULBS(LAST UP TO 6 MONTHS)

ROAST GARLIC SOUP

Serves 3/4

4 whole garlic bulbs

cup of onions

Ghee

Chicken stock

  • Slice across top of each bulb, no need to peel . Drizzle with olive oil. Cover with foil and roast for 40 mins in oven 190 degrees.
  • Melt a tablespoon of ghee and saute the chopped onion
  • Pour in 850ml of chicken stock
  • When garlic nice and soft allow to cool a little then squeeze the garlic out of each bulb into the soup.
  • Add 4 blocks of leaf spinach (optional)
  • Add seasoning ( like WHITE pepper in this one)
  • Blend until smooth

NUTRITIONAL NOTE: I would use onions and garlic as much as possible they are nutritional power houses that fight inflammation. Garlic is good at detoxifying the body is anti bacterial/antibiotic as they contain a chemical called Allicin. It is better to roast the garlic than chop as if you don’t chop/blend finely enough and a piece gets lodged in your intestines you can get garlic poisoning and it is very unpleasant take it from me. I use ghee (clarified butter) as it is tastier than butter but also has the milk part taken out so no lactose.

CHICKEN AND BROAD (FAVA)BEAN SOUP

Serves 3/4

2 cups of frozen broad beans

1 cup of onions

ghee

1 chicken breast

chicken stock

  • Wrap chicken in foil with a little water and seasoning place in oven 180 degrees for 40 minutes. this way it keeps it nice and moist.
  • Saute onions in ghee
  • Add broad beans and saute for a few minutes
  • Add chicken stock and boil for 15 minutes
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Once chicken cooked ( ensure it is cooked thoroughly) flake it into the soup
  • Grind black peppercorns over the top.

NUTRITIONAL NOTES: Broad beans are LOADED with vitamins,minerals,fibre and protein. Impressive health benefits such as improved motor function and immunity. Chicken of course is great for protein and makes this soup more substantial. However if you need a real quick fix just omit the chicken . The Fava soup is great just how it is. Tastes amazing. I have it at least once a week.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH,TURMERIC AND GINGER SOUP

SERVES 3/4

2 Cups of butternut squash

1 tablespoon of ginger

2 teaspoons of turmeric powder

Chicken/veg stock

Add some onions and garlic too if you like and seeds if you want some crunch.

  • Just throw everything in a pot and boil for 15 minutes
  • Blend . Season. That simple.

NUTRITIONAL NOTES: Turmeric is anti inflammatory. Butternut Squash is good for ACE vitamins and B vitamins, calcium ( great if you have cut back on the dairy), magnesium and zinc. It supports the natural function of the immune system.

IF YOU PREFER YOUR SOUPS THICKER/THINNER JUST ADJUST THE STOCK ACCORDINGLY.

JOJS STYLELIST TIP: THESE SOUPS ARE SO GOOD FOR YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM DONT WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE ILL START BUILDING THEM INTO YOUR DIET TODAY.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXX

MIDWEEK MANTRA

POSITIVE ENERGY AND LIFE PLANS FOR A HAPPIER UPLIFTING WEEK FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH.

DISCOVER A RITUAL FOR EATING TOGETHER

I REALLY MISS THE LUNCHTIME RITUALS WITH MY FRENCH FRIENDS WHEN I LIVED IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE. LONG, LANGUID LUNCHES THAT BECAME ALMOST DAILY RITUALS.

IN LONDON, AND THE REST OF THE UK WE GENERALLY SEEM TO BE AMBIVALENT TO MEAL TIMES WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS AS AN IMPORTANT OCCURRENCE AS WE GO ABOUT OUR BUSY LIVES WITH HURRIED LUNCHES ON THE GO.

I THINK IT IS TIME TO BRING BACK THE LONG LAZY LUNCH. OF COURSE I KNOW THAT THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE EVERY DAY ( ALTHOUGH THE FRENCH AND ITALIANS MAKE IT HAPPEN). THIS WEEK ITS TIME TO START WITH A REGULAR LONG LAZY LUNCH WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY. THIS MEANS AT LEAST 2 HOURS, AND DESSERT IS A MUST AND GOOD LIVELY DISCUSSION. I HAVE THIS GREAT DISCUSSION TOPIC CARDS WHERE EACH PERSON PICKS A CARD AND GENERATES LIVELY DEBATE AROUND A GIVEN SUBJECT. I WOULD REALLY RECOMMEND THESE TO GET THE CONVERSATION FLOWING.

EVEN BETTER IF YOU CAN COOK A MEAL , A REAL GIFT OF LOVE. THIS DOES NOT HAVE TO BE COMPLICATED. I DO A SIMPLE BAKED WHOLE SALMON STUFFED WITH HERBS FOR PEOPLE TO HELP THEMSELVES OR EVEN A BOUEF BOURGIGNON IN A SLOW COOKER PREPARED IN THE MORNING. A SIMPLE DESSERT CAN BE AN ORANGE CURD TART IN A SHOP BOUGHT PASTRY CASE SERVED WITH COINTREAU CREAM. BUT I REALISE NOT EVERYONE WANTS TO COOK A MEAL AND JUST SHARING A MEAL WITH PEOPLE THAT ARE FUN TO BE WITH CAN REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO YOUR WEEK.

‘BREAKING BREAD’ WITH THOSE YOU CARE ABOUT CAN BE DEEPLY REWARDING AND BONDING. GOOD NURTURED RELATIONSHIPS ARE GREAT FOUNDATIONS TO LIVE A HEALTHY HAPPY LIFE. GOING ABOUT OUR BUSY DAILY LIVES ITS EASY TO LET THIS SLIDE.

MY PLEASURE IS TO INVITE MY FAVOURITE PEOPLE TO A LUNCH AND LINGER OVER GREAT FOOD, WINE AND FABULOUS CONVERSATION. THIS IS A RITUAL WE ALL NEED TO ESTABLISH. IF YOU HAVE NO ONE TO LUNCH WITH THEN…..GIVE ME A CALL !

SO , TODAY SCHEDULE A DATE AND START INVITING.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: IN PARIS I WAS ONCE CHASTISED BY A WAITER FOR ORDERING AMERICAN COFFEE INSTEAD OF DESSERT ! DO IT THE FRENCH WAY AND GIVE IN TO THE PLEASURE.

BON APPETITE

JOJO XXXXXX

SPINACH healthy or not ?

I recently attended a Theta Brain Workshop as part of my on going development of my Sound Healing Therapist qualifications. I was astounded to discover that they advocated Spinach as a bad food. Now, as a spinach addict, I eat in EVERY day and in addition I make a green juice with it in the mornings to start the day with a pop of goodness.

If like me , you had spinach on the ‘superfood’ list read on. Still disbelieving I went home to research the subject for myself and could not believe that there has been so much written about the toxicity of cadmium in Spinach and that this just has not been communicated.

Health professionals are still telling us to consume large portions of spinach in our diets and the benefits of iron. But in fact no one has ever told me the dangers of high levels of cadmium that are found particularly in Spinach. Actually I had never even heard of cadmium !!

CADMIUM is the most dangerous among heavy metals as it is carcinogenic similar to that found in cigarette smoke . Tests proved that through passive smoking high levels were ingested which led to a ban in public places. But these heavy metals exist in many foods at acceptable levels but spinach exceeds these safe limits. It appear to accumulate in high levels in Spinach but not in other leafy vegetables e.g. Kale or cabbage. Heavy metals that are found in food represent one of the most important food risks for consumers.

CADMIUM is all around us in air, water, soil all around us but for some reason Spinach absorbs the most cadmium and boiling spinach does not show any reduction in the levels.

Exposure of such high levels over a long period of time can be toxic to kidney function this has been widely accepted but newer data shows an increased risk of some cancers e.g. lung, bladder and breast cancer.

Perhaps if there are any Nutritional/Medical experts reading this article I would love any further information you may like to add.

I am not a medical Doctor and this information and the data that exists shocked me that I thought I would like to share it with my readers as it has been kept well hidden from the general public. Many of us would have no reason to search this data . Of course it is your freedom of choice.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: PERHAPS ITS TIME TO SWAP YOUR SPINACH FOR KALE !

JOJO XXXXXXX

MIDWEEK MANTRA

Inspiration to lift you for the rest of the week.

This can be a quote or an action for a healthy, happy you x

MAKE SOMEONE SMILE EVERYDAY THIS WEEK

SMILE !

Just smile at someone in the street as you pass by usually they smile back how wonderful you connected with someone just with a smile . You lifted their spirits and in turn you lifted your own.

The reward centre of the brain gets a dopamine hit when you make someone smile first.

Think of someone who is lonely or down and think of what you can do to make them smile today.

We are happier through giving than receiving. Imagine how happy you will feel this week. Make it a habit.

JOJOS STYLE LIST TIP : SPREAD THE JOY