Eat Well, Stay Well: Veggie Soup edition

Boy, its been busy around here and sorry the blog posts have been a bit slow coming in.  I’m working on some new listings around town, including Pudong, which I missed a bit of last time since, well, I don’t live in Pudong.  But, my cool friend Catherine took me some good places earlier this week and I will be reporting on it soon. 

In the meantime, uh, its winter!  What is up with this?  I have a whole slew of fall coats I haven’t gotten to wear yet!  Sort of went from sandals and sundresses to woolies and hats,  but, such is life.  So, how are we not going to get all sick this winter?  Eating well!  Duh. 

Veggie soup – packed with antioxidants!

veggie soup

I know you are all sick of me talking about antioxidants, but really, I can’t say enough about them, because antioxidants help protect your body’s cells from all the bad things that you are subjected to everyday, including winter cold and flu germs.  And air pollution (hello!) and “unique” compounds in the food and all that.  Antioxidants = awesome. 

So, here is my tip:  make a ginormous pot of vegetable soup, including fiber (and antioxidant)-rich beans, onions, peppers, zucchinis, pumpkins, canned tomatoes and any other veggies you love.  Let the veggies simmer to your preferred crispness but remember that any nutrients that leach out during the cooking process remain in the soup, which helps you get more nutrients than when you boil veggies and pour off the water.  Add whatever spices you like, especially hot peppers if you can take it, since they also help fight germs and can boost immunity.  Try to eat at least one bowl everyday – a great way to stay warm and get lots of good flu-fighting antioxidants.

mom eating veggie soup

Here is my mom eating it – hi mom!