Winter can be a difficult time for a lot of people. When the weather starts…
As the cold weather sets in, our appetite tends to change. With darker and colder days, sometimes we can feel a little sluggish and run-down. In the winter, it’s essential to keep our strength up because we become more susceptible to colds and fatigue. If you’re looking for a few healthy soups to keep you warm and cosy, take a look at a few of these lovelies!
Broccoli and leek soup
For this soup you’ll need:
- 2 leeks
- 1 bunch of broccoli
- 1 potato (mid-sized)
- vegetable stock
- 1 clove of garlic
- Unsalted butter
- Salt & pepper
To make this soup, first you’ll need to heat oil and butter in a saucepan. Next, add your leeks and cook until they are soft (this should take around 3 minutes). Add the potato, garlic and the stems of the broccoli. Keep cooking everything for around 3 minutes. Now you’ll need to add your vegetable stock, a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and 3 cups of water.
Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat slightly. Cover the pan and allow your ingredients to simmer until potatoes and broccoli are more tender. This should take about ten minutes. Now, take the broccoli florets and bring to a boil for about 4 minutes. After this process is complete, you can puree your soup in a food processor until it’s totally smooth. Reheat in a saucepan at the end if need be.
Broccoli is an excellent food to eat in the wintertime because it’s packed with vitamin C. We need lots of vitamin C in the winter to boost our immune system and keep the pesky winter flu at bay! Broccoli is also rich in iron, which can give us energy and magnesium, which helps us to get a better night’s sleep.
Beef noodle soup
Beef feels like one of those very English things to eat in the winter (perhaps because it’s reminiscent of a typical beef Sunday roast)! If you’ve had enough of the roast dinners – why not try making this beef noodle soup? You’ll need:
- Rump or sirloin steak (200g cut into strips)
- Egg noodles (200g)
- Beef stock
- Spring Onion (1)
- Soy Sauce
- Chilli (optional)
Ensure that the steak is trimmed and then toss it with the soy sauce for about 4 minutes. Next, cook up your noodles (you can put 100g in one bowl and 100g in another). Now, you can heat up the beef stock with the spring onion, ginger and chilli. (You’ll want to slice the ginger thinly and add around seven slices). Add the steak and cook everything for another 3 minutes. (For a medium-rare steak you’ll generally be looking to cook it for around 4 minutes per side in total). Divide the beef and vegetables over the two bowls of noodles and serve.
Spring onions are a good source of both calcium and vitamin C too. They are also packed with fibre and vitamins such as potassium and vitamin A. Eating beef is a great source of iron, which is vital for our red blood cells that carry oxygen around our body.
Classic tomato soup
A homemade tomato soup is the classic winter comfort food to give you a boost on those cold days! It’s simple to make, you just need:
- 450g of tomatoes
- 1 carrot
- 1 celery
- Vegetable stock
- Salt & Pepper
First, heat the oil in a saucepan, then 2 chopped onions, 1 small stick of celery and one clove of garlic (crushed). Cover the pan and cook on a medium heat for about ten minutes. Add 1tsp of sugar, a pinch of salt and pepper, and tomatoes. Cook everything for around 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Next, add the stock and bring to boil. Simmer for about ten minutes. After this, you’ll need to liquidise the mix until completely smooth. Add your basil by stirring it in at the very end.
Tomatoes are great for the body because they are packed with antioxidants and a good source of vitamin K and C as well as folate. Tomatoes are also a great source of fibre.
When it comes to wintertime, eating lots of nutritious food can be an excellent way to improve our self care. Sometimes, when it’s dark outside, we tend to stay home more and do less exercise. Listen to your body and take all the rest you need. If you find yourself feeling a little sluggish- making an effort to get active can really help to lift your mood! If you’d like a hearty winter dish which isn’t a soup- try making some pease pudding.