Dodging Dryness Pt 3: Skin Moisturizing Soups

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Hey kids! Time for our third instalment of Dodging Dryness – where I offer up tips of hydrating your skin from the inside out. This time of year eczema, chapped lips and flaky skin are common beauty ailments and this series is all about fun ways to beat winter skin woes. We’ve already talked about rejuvenating tips such as bone broth and zucchini noodles and replacing salt with nutritious seaweed granules – making fighting dehydration yummy too!

This week I wanted to showcase some actual recipes – so of course this means moisturizing soups! Eating for moisture is not a new subject for me. In fact, I have been posting about skin hydrating soups for years. In my opinion, soups and stews are essential as they are the perfect dietary anti-dote to the weather. From an Eastern Medicine point of view, it is imperative for health (and therefore healthy tissues) to adjust how we eat, life and move according to our environment. This means, responding to the climate to protect and support our bodies. A hearty soup infuses our meal plans with hydration as well as tend to be easy to digest (many of us find dry, dense foods difficult to process – hello Vatas!)

zucchini and parsnip noodles in bone broth

zucchini and parsnip noodles in bone broth

Soup recipe can also be easy to make – especially if you have a slow cooker. I swear by my slow cooker to help me eat fresh, home cooked meals without impinging on my busy schedule. This sweet mung bean and date soup is one of my favorite recipes. Its packed with protein and is laced with a delicious combo of curry spice and naturally sweet dates. If you’re looking for something stove top, another great one is this coconut corn and amaranth soup from my back catalogue.

But if you are looking for the ultimate in flavour and ease, try my simple squash soup. Squash is a wonderful vegetable because its substantial and hearty without the need to add starchy grains or noodles (which can be drying). It only has three ingredients and I make this while making other meals. If I’m baking something else, I just stick it with that dish…it probably the hardest recipe to fudge!

Buttercup-Squash

Simple & Hydrating Squash Soup

Ingredients:
1 whole buttercup squash (I also use butternut squash)
1 sweet onion (chopped)
1.5 cups of vegetable or chicken stock…you can use plain water if you want – it still turns out delicious!
optional: herbs or spices. I’ve put a teaspoon of garam masala in or thrown in a handful of fresh chives, this is truly a variable soup!

1. Cut the buttercup squash into quarters and place a pot with a lid. Don’t scrape the seeds out, they’ll keep the squash more moist.

2. Chop up an onion and place in the oven at 350 degrees celsius and bake for an hour (time depends on squash size, so poke with a fork – its ready when its soft enough to puncture).

3. Hollow out the squash, removing the seeds. Discard seeds.

4. Scrape out the squash meat and put this into a food processor. Add in the onions, stock and any additional flavorings you fancy.

5. Blend and serve! Note: if you want to serve immediately make sure the stock or water you use is hot. If you are making this soup to eat at another time, you don’t need to do this.

2017-05-01T16:38:55-04:00 By |Healthy Eating, Hydration|1 Comment

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  1. kelly March 25, 2015 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Regarding replacing salt, aren’t some salts good for you? Like pink Himalayan salt?

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