probioticsoupYes, winter is officially over! It’s a beautiful time of year, but we reckon the changing of the seasons can also often be the worst for colds and flu. If you want to toughen up your immune system, start with this nutritious, probiotic packed recipe from Anna at our stall Alive Foods​, which will send those bugs running the other way!

Probiotic Winter Soup
Ingredients (choose all organic/spray free if possible):
Serves 2

1 tbl coconut oil
2 medium carrots, finely diced
1 zucchini, finely diced
1 medium sweet potato, finely diced
150g pumpkin, finely diced
handful of green beans, cut in 3
1 golden beetroot (or red if unavailable), finely diced
1 small piece of ginger & turmeric, grated
handful of mixed stir fry greens (I always get a great mix at my local markets- kale, tatsoi, bok choy, amaranth- choose what you can get your hands on), roughly chopped
Salt to taste
1l very good quality, ideally home made, beef or chicken stock
2 tsp Tasmanian kelp
1 tbsp Alive Foods Traditional Kraut + juice

In a medium size pot add coconut oil and all other ingredients, except for the greens, kelp and sauerkraut and gently sweat on a low heat until vegetables become tender. Add the stock, kelp and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Turn off the heat, add the greens to the pot. Let sit for another 5 min. Ladle your soup into the bowl and add the sauerkraut + a little juice.

Please note: Great tasting soup is achieved by adding a very good quality stock. By using bone stock you also get the benefits from the gelatin and mineral content in the broth.

Kelp adds minerals as well as a lovely flavour. Sea vegetables should be enjoyed on a daily basis as they are considered one of the most nutritious vegetables on the planet.

I have omitted onions and garlic in this recipe as I wanted to give an alternative for people with digestive issues. But feel free to add 1 finely diced onion. Simply sweat it in the oil before adding the rest of the vegetables.

– Anna Surrey, Byron Bay Alive Foods