Throughout the winter months, a soothing, hearty soup can work wonders for the mind – and body. It’s the traditional winter go-to food, as an easy way to add a health kick to our routine. With minimal prep time and the use of vitamin rich seasonal vegetables, soup is the ideal February winter warmer.
Soups are great detoxification meals, cleansing our systems from the inside out. Using seasonal vegetables is ideal when making detox soup recipes, as the nutritional content of fresh vegetables is much higher than their imported, off season counterparts.
Looking for some soup making recipe inspiration to keep warm, or trying to find the best soups by restaurants in Manchester? In this guide to soul warming seasonal soups, we’ll take a look at the local produce in the UK around this time of year. We’ll also discuss the health benefits of soup detoxes and how they work to cleanse the body.
While the golden age of convenience is right at our fingertips with 24 hour grocery shops stocking fruit and veg produce delivered from all over the world, there are healthier ways to make sure we’re getting our 5 a day.
Many of us don’t take the time to pause and consider the processes involved in making non-seasonal fruit and vegetables available to us all year round. The fact is, however, that importing off season fruit and veg from abroad comes with a handful of sustainability and ethical implications. The food we consume in the UK has been found to travel over 30 billion kilometres to make its way to our tables, every year. The impact this has on our country’s carbon footprint as a whole is enough reason for concern.
On an ethical note, we may imagine that the low income countries who harvest these crops are benefitting from our demand of non seasonal produce. This isn’t always the case. While our demand does generate more farming jobs and potential to invest in local infrastructure, large areas of land are required to grow crops. This has the unfortunate ramification of leaving local people with challenges in finding space for their own farming land and homes. Alongside this, crops also need vast amounts of water to thrive. This is an issue due to national water shortages, intense locational temperatures and potential droughts in areas growing our off season veg.
Sticking to seasonal fresh produce can be an inspiring way to start trying out new foods, while absorbing their many nutritional benefits.
Working with all fresh ingredients keeps us on our toes following the seasonal growth patterns of local organic veg. Here are our nutritional insights into some of the seasonal vegetables we’re making the most of in the Remedy kitchen this month:
As it turns out, February is the ideal time to try a soup detoxification diet. At this point in the year, we’ve been experiencing cold weather for months, while the coldest day of the year is mid February. Cold weather has long been found to weaken our immune systems. This is due to reduced vitamin D levels that can be caused by a lack of exposure to sun. In winter, the cold air and humidity levels can also drop by 20%.
Cold, dry air causes upper respiratory tract blood vessels to tighten, as the body tries to retain heat energy. This puts additional strain on our hearts, as a shocking 53% more heart attacks happen during UK winters. The narrowing of these vessels means platelets such as white blood cells struggle to make their way around the body efficiently, making it difficult for immune systems to fight off germs and bacteria.
A soup detox cleanse works as the body is primarily ingesting finely pureed or blended vegetables for a few days. The easy to digest nature of these pulverised vegetables means your body can focus its energy on absorbing the nutrients within each spoonful. Studies support the benefits of regular soup intake, as soup consumption has a much lower dietary energy density while increasing the intake of vitamins and minerals. Regular soup eaters benefit from lower body weight and an overall increased quality of diet. Whether you’re looking to boost your immune system and nutrient intake or simply lose weight, seasonal and healthy soup detox recipes might be the way to go.
The benefits of a warming winter soup are boundless. Full of nutritional benefits and locally made fresh vegetables, they’re a wholesome ‘pick me up’ and an energising winter cleanse. Fancy a seasonal soup detox delivery in Manchester?
At Remedy Kitchen, we work with local fresh produce in Manchester, keeping our nutritious meal prep plans seasonally appropriate. Plant based, gluten free and dairy free, each soothing soup bundle provides you with 3 portions of one of our most popular soup flavours to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.