There's nothing quite so nourishing and nurturing as a hot bowl of home-made soup on a cold Autumn day, wouldn't you agree?
I LOVE this soup for lots of reasons. Firstly, it's simple, CRAZY quick and easy to make, honestly it takes longer to chop the veg than it does to make the soup, so it's great if you're in a hurry.
Secondly it contains the wonder of CRUCIFEROUS VEG, a family of vegetables that include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spring greens, kale, pak choi, rocket, watercress, radish, brussels sprouts. They contain a magic natural ingredient called INDOLE-3-CARBINOL, a substance that helps metabolize and eliminate excess estrogen, which can contribute towards many perimenopause symptoms, PMS, headaches, bloating, breast tenderness, painful periods, and even increased risks of PCOS, fibroids, endometriosis and breast/ovarian cancers. If you're going through the transition from perimenopause to menopause you want to get as many of these into your diet as possible. Sneak them into smoothies, add them as side dishes, use them in your sauces and make soup! These are WONDER VEG for hormonal balance. Cruciferous veg are also loaded with Vit C, A & K. Did you know that Vitamin K is a direct regulator of our anti-inflammatory response?
Fibre is so important for our gut health, but did you know that it also protects you from the blood sugar roller coaster (reducing insulin increases & resistance, and therefore reducing fat storage) by slowing down the release of sugars from the carbohydrates in your meal. It also helps you get rid of waste, toxins and excess estrogen? Cauliflower and broccoli are great sources of fibre
Good fats are essential for the production, storage and transport of your hormones, and you also need fat in your food to help absorb the fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E & K. This recipe has a healthy helping of good fats with organic cold pressed coconut oil and coconut milk
Aiming to use organic ingredients where you can also helps with hormonal balance by reducing your exposure to XENOESTROGENS. Xenoestrogens are chemicals that mimic oestrogen in your body. Xenoestrogens are man-made chemicals that mimic oestrogen and impact hormone balance. Most personal care products like shampoo, lotions and deodorants are sources of xenoestrogens that come in the form of phthalates, parabens and Triclosan. These and other hormone disrupting chemicals are used by manufacturers because they make the skin soft, provide extended shelf life preservation and allow scents to be long lasting. Many personal care products come packaged in plastic containers with BPA/BPS or phthalates that can leach additional oestrogenic chemicals. Household cleaners, especially ones that claim to be antibacterial, contain ingredients like Triclosan, which is a known hormone disruptor. They can also be found in some of the pesticides and herbicides used to spray produce that is non-organic
I'd love to hear how you get on with this recipe, share your comments
Happy hormone eating
1 head of broccoli (roughly chopped, include the stalks)
1 head of cauliflower (roughly chopped)
1 tablespoon raw virgin coconut oil
1 can coconut milk
3 cups vegetable stock
1-2 teaspoons dried dill & basil (to your taste)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Optional toppings - chopped fresh herbs, sprouted lentils, toasted seeds, a swirl of avocado oil or creme fraiche
Melt the coconut oil in a large saucepan on a low heat
Add the veg and saute for a few minutes until starting to soften slightly
Add the stock, coconut milk and herbs
Simmer until the veg are fork-tender
Blend until smooth and creamy