Raw Pea Soup RecipeCourse: SoupDifficulty: Easy
Stay Healthy for the New Year with This Raw Food Recipe
The beginning of a new year is an excellent time to not only start with a clean slate but also to detox and slim down after all those holiday meals. Eating more fresh vegetables and cutting out processed food is the perfect way to kick-start such ambitions by restoring your body’s nutrient stockpile for a strong immune system. It will also revitalize your energy for an increased feeling of well-being.
Raw food meals are especially healthy because they retain the fiber, macro nutrients and living enzymes that are beneficial to our health. Although cooked vegetables are still very healthy, a surprising amount of their nutrients are lost from cooking.
January just happens to be a convenient month for buying produce that is nutrient dense and high in protein. Such food is especially important during the winter months when we tend to burn more calories to stay warm in cold weather. Some of the high protein vegetables that are in season during this time are beets, squash, onions, cabbage, spinach, kale and legumes. Many of these are perfect for creating savory creamy soups that hit the spot after they are gently warmed on the coldest days.
Raw peas are packed with phytonutrients, which are easily lost after processing or cooking. Peas are also high in vitamin K, manganese, vitamin B and fiber. The avocado added to the following raw food recipe makes a wonderful compliment for both flavor and creaminess.
1 cups fresh green peas
2 small avocado with the peel and pit discarded
1/2 cup soaked raw almonds
1 small zucchini, roughly chopped
1 green chili diced
3 garlic cloves minced
1 cup leek
- First, soak the raw almonds for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight and then drain. Set aside 1/3 of the peas and the sliced green onions for decorative toppings.
- Place the remaining peas, almonds, avocado, almonds, zucchini and cumin in a blender. Blend the mixture until it reaches a smooth consistency. If you wish, continue to blend until warm if you are using blender with heating technology. Otherwise, you may lightly heat the soup after blending by gently heating it in a medium saucepan over low heat until slightly warm or remove it from heat before it surpasses 45 C° (110 degrees F).
- Pour the soup into bowls, then top it with the whole peas and mint leaves and enjoy!
- There is plenty of wiggle room to play around with this dish to satisfy your taste and creativity. For example, chili pepper and fresh garlic can be blended in to kick it up a notch if you enjoy spicier dishes. Try a sprinkle of paprika on the surface of the soup to add a mild yet tangy enhancement that lends a festive contrast in color. Dry spices may also be substituted with fresh herbs such as cilantro, basil and mint to create different flavors.