Jet lag. There are few things in this life that I dread more. Perhaps because I travel quite a bit or perhaps my body just responds quite drastically to being thrown in a pressurized cylinder between time zones. I recently returned from a trip with a four hour time change and I was left feeling tired, sick, and in a major funk. I equate this to other similar experiences as a cold that you can’t quite kick or a recent life experience draining your energy and affecting your normal fitness and nutrition routines.
In response to this general feeling (feel free to relate this to any experience in your life, we all get into a funk from time to time) I came up with a simple recipe that is both nourishing and possesses stimulating and healing properties to help get you back on track. Introducing my roasted tomato and red onion soup.
First and foremost, there is a reason that when we are feeling sick or down we crave soup. There is something about a bowl of steaming liquid in your hands, there for your leisurely sipping pleasure with the steam wafting into your face that is very comforting (not to mention the effect of the steam actually does aid in decongestion).
This soup also has a great spicy kick to it which provides a stimulant effect. This will not only assist you in your efforts to boost your energy levels but it will also begin stimulating your digestion/metabolism which, depending on what got you into your funk, could be thrown off as well.
The garlic in this soup could merit its own blog post altogether. Garlic has far too many health benefits for me to list all of them here but what appealed to me when writing this recipe was that garlic has a natural antibiotic effect as well as provides a strong support to your immune system.
Last but surely not least, cilantro possesses powerful detoxification compounds. Also, I love that because I would be blending them anyways I was able to use cilantro stems and save the leaves for my other recipes. I love finding new ways to reduce waste!
So, make yourself a big pot of this soup and drink in the goodness. Cheers to your health and renewed energy!