This week--somewhat unexpectedly- we’re totally crushing on sweet potatoes. Aside from the sweet, complex, earthy yum aspect, these tasty tubers score extremely high on the nutrient chart. The beautiful hue is supplied courtesy of Beta Carotene, a vitamin A precursor that supports vision and the immune system, and functions as an antioxidant, helping to protect the body from damaging free radicals. Beta carotene is clearly the star of the sweet potato show, but let’s not forget the supporting cast: vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B6, potassium, and fiber (and we all know by now how we feel about fiber...)
As much as we love and live on raw blends, there is really something to be said for a hot delicious bowl of nourishment at this time of year (we're experiencing a tiny bit of a cold snap here in NYC...). The inherent creaminess of the sweet potato works perfectly to create a satiating soup that tastes almost decadent, but is really just bursting with body-loving goodness. And yes, of course, we just couldn't help ourselves from including some kale as well.
As with all of our recipes, (given that we are food-obsessed but lack the patience and precision of true chefs), this recipe is easy, incredibly yummy, nourishing, and basically foolproof.
Without any further ado we present...
Sweet Potato & Kale Warm-Me-Up Soup
4 cups water
1 clove garlic
50 - 100g organic kale (either lightly steamed or blended in raw)
Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
Pinch black pepper (optional)
1/2 avocado (either blended in or served on top)
Boil water then add sweet potatoes & garlic - turning down the heat, until cooked. Add kale at the last minute to flash cook if desired.
Pour broth, potatoes, kale & remaining ingredients into your blender. Blend to desired consistency.
Optional nutrient boosting garnishes: Hemp seeds, black sesame, cayenne pepper or black pepper.