In Ayurveda Winter is considered the time to rest, reflect, go inward and hibernate to conserve your outwardly-focused energy and channel it inward. Therefore, it is vital that during this time you provide your body with the strength and nourishment via food and rituals to seamlessly transition into this period. Discover your Ayurvedic Dosha here.
During Autumn the Kapha Dosha dominates the mind and body which supports these moments of being still and going inward. However, it is important to note that you want to keep your doshas in balance to ensure you don’t become too sluggish, unmotivated and inactive as too much of this can lead to depression and weight gain. During this time try to keep up your fitness regimes (don’t overdo it) as true wellness is always achieved via balance.
During Winter we love to incorporate more broths, soups, warming loaves seedy bread and hearty stews to help soothe the vata. In addition to our diet, we love to focus our attention on taking more time to tune into our bodies through practices of yin yoga, journaling, baths filled with essential oils and daily self-massages with organic sesame oil. Undertaking practices such as these help us to calm our nervous system and ground our energy. So with all this being said, we thought we would share our incredibly delicious Anti-inflammatory Pumpkin, Ginger and Turmeric Soup to help warm up your insides and keep your immune system strong this time of year.
If there was one vegetable we couldn’t live without it would most likely be the glorious pumpkin. Not only does pumpkin provide the body with an abundance of goodness, but it is also extremely versatile allowing it to shine in both sweet and savory dishes. We love to roast our pumpkin to bring out that sweetness and add a little more depth to our meals. Pumpkin is incredible for your skin thanks so its rich content of beta-carotene which is later converted into vitamin A inside your body. Vitamin A is also incredible for proper liver, gut and immune function which are all vital for good health, especially this time of year leading into the flu frenzy. Believe it or not, but pumpkin is also a rich source of magnesium which we are all deficient in. Magnesium is responsible for over 300 reactions inside the body, so when we lack this vital nutrient our entire body begins to suffer.
Turmeric is a rich source of antioxidants which help to reduce inflammation, provide pain relief, boost skin health, helps to reduce the risk of cancer, reduce depression, helps to prevent blood clots and assists liver detoxification.
Contains Gingerol (a substance with powerful medicinal properties), assists digestion, reduces nausea and help fight the flu and common cold, effective against exercise-induced muscle pain, helps to regulate blood sugar and decreases the risk of heart disease.
Bone broth is an incredible source of collagen, proline, glycine, and glutamine that have the power to truly transform your health. These healing compounds help to strengthen the integrity of your gut, boost your immune system, reduce systemic inflammation, reduce anxiety and depression and help support glowing plump skin. The best thing about bone broth is that is is easy for the body to absorb acting like a big warm hug to your insides. We love using Meadow and Marrow Bone Broth as they do all the hard work for you. Most importantly Meadow and Marrow Bone Broth is made from the finest Australian Grass-Fed Beef Bones and does not contain any nasties. If you are vegan try making a vegetable broth made from a range of organic veggies, filtered water, apple cider vinegar and herbs.
Cumin is an incredible source of plant-based iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and Vitamins A, C, E and K. This culinary herb is an incredible way to alleviate digestive problems especially those related to gas and bloating which are related to excess vata. In addition to providing digestive support, cumin also helps to boost the immune system thanks to its Vitamin A, C and iron that help to neutralise those nasty free radicals that cause disease.
Anti-inflammatory Pumpkin, Ginger and Turmeric Soup
1 kg kent pumpkin, cut into cubes
1 tbsp organic coconut oil, melted
500ml filtered water
1 tbsp Meadow and Marrow AM Cleanse Bone Broth stirred into 1/4 cup boiling water
2 tsp organic ground cumin
1 tsp organic ground cinnamon
Thumb sized piece fresh turmeric – grated
Thumb sized piece fresh ginger – grated (feel free to double this quantity if you love ginger)
Celtic salt and black pepper to taste
4 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds (to decorate)
- Preheat oven to 180 C
- Line a large tray with baking paper and place the pumpkin on top, drizzle with the melted coconut oil and dust with the ground cinnamon. Use your hands to toss the pumpkin into the coconut oil and cinnamon. Place the pumpkin into the oven to roast for approximately 40 minutes or until it starts to caramelise slightly.
- Once cooked, place the roasted pumpkin, filtered water, bone broth, ginger, turmeric, and cumin into your blender. Blend the mixture until it becomes nice and smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste and top with 1 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds per serve.