With summer's warm weather, who wants to turn on a stove? I love cold soups like this peach one I enjoyed most of last summer. I'm also turning to food more and more to maintain good health. Food has the amazing power to naturally heal and nourish, and then there's the added bonus that it tastes really good. So I've assembled some really tasty food players here, and listed some of the added benefits you're getting for consuming it, at no extra cost to you, or your doctor.
- Avocados: nutritional powerhouse packed with protein and more natural fiber than any other fruit. It has 3 times the potassium that a banana has. Lutein protects the eyes, antioxidants boost the body's immune system and the phytonutrients have anti-inflammatory properties. I could go on with all the Vitamins (C, K, B6, Folate), but we have more ingredients to get to.
- Cucumbers are 96% water so hydration is working, in addition to vitamins A, B and C to keep your energy levels high. You'll also find a lot of Vitamin K, especially if you keep the peel on, and a good amount of potassium. Some even claim if you eat a few cucumbers after a big night out, it will help you have a less painful morning due to the B vitamins, electrolytes and sugar in the cucs.
- Cilantro is high in phytonutrients and antioxidants, low in calories and nil in cholesterol. It's chuck full of Vitamin A, C & K to protect from cancer and keep your bones healthy. You're also going to get your Omega 3s from cilantro, which will help with inflammation and then there's potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium. As if that's not enough, cilantro can offer digestion relief, and aid in the release of heavy metals in the body. It's quite the wonder herb.
- Mint can help relieve seasonal allergies and can even act as a decongestant. It's a calming herb that can help with digestion and again, has those good anti-inflammatory properties.
You convinced yet? I'm not even going to get into all the Cs and Ks that grapes offer, in addition to bringing a little natural sweetness to the dish. You should just know that this is a great soup, packed full of Vitamins and phytonutrients and has great anti-inflammatory properties. It's raw, vegan, dairy free and gluten free, so enjoy!
Dairy Free Avocado Cucumber Soup
- 3 ripe avocados, peeled with seed removed
- 2 cucumbers, cut into cubes to fit into the blender
- 1-1/2 cups seedless grapes, stems removed
- 1 jalapeño pepper, stem and seeds removed
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro, stems removed
- 1 bunch fresh mint, stems removed
- Zest and juice of 1 lime
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds to garnish
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place avocados, cucumbers, grapes, jalapenos, cilantro, mint, lime and vinegar in a Vitamix or blender and mix until the ingredients are combined and form a liquid.
- Gradually start adding water until the desired consistency is reached.
- Season with salt and pepper and garnish with almonds.