Cold weather has different meanings for different people. Take for example, an Eskimo family whose igloo home would melt without icy conditions !
In contrast people living in equatorial regions would welcome the feeling of winter as their existence is dominated by hot, humid and sticky conditions all year round.
But those two are extremes. As far as average folk go, why do some end up miserable when temperatures drop, whereas others take winter in their stride?
Believe it or not in many cases, it reverts to the difference between men and women. Generally men have a greater mass of muscle than women, the latter having more fatty tissue which provides insulation from the cold.
Generally speaking, winter is a season for “hibernating”. People stay home more, schools close and one attempts fewer activities than in warm weather and yet this is an ideal time to energize the body by running or taking brisk walks.
On the plus side, there are many reasons to love winter such as layering one’s favourite clothes and taking advantage of all the C’s by indulging in hot Coffee, Casseroles and Curries, not to mention Cuddling up with a favourite novel! Any of our readers who like cooking will savour the addition of warm spices like ginger, clove, garlic and nutmeg.
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Carrot Orange & Ginger Soup is loaded with heaps of vitamin A especially from the carrots, vitamin C from the oranges, and warming ginger which provides digestive aid amongst other health benefits. Not only is this soup nutrient dense, but it’s also low in calories.
- 680 grams of raw carrots, chopped
- 3 cups vegetable stock
- 3 cups filtered water
- 1 whole orange (about 1 cup)
- ½ cup sweet onion, chopped
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 3-4 dates, pitted (adjust to sweeten)
- 1½ inch fresh ginger root
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 teaspoon sea salt (to taste)
GARNISH with pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, fresh cilantro, Classic Cashew Cheese
- In a large soup pot, on medium heat add coconut oil, garlic, onions, sea salt, and celery to soften. Cook for about 5-8 minutes.
- Add chopped carrots and cook for about 10 minutes allowing the vegetables to slightly caramelize.
- Add vegetable stock and filtered water.
- Cook until the carrots are fork tender, about 15 minutes.
- Carefully pour the hot liquids with vegetables in a high speed blender (or if you have an emersion blender you may use this as well) with all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
- At this point, add the orange and fresh ginger and blend again until smooth. You can adjust the liquid at this point, if you like a thinner soup just add more water or leave it be and the soup will be thicker.
- Reheat as needed on the stovetop or else store in the fridge for leftovers!
- Garnish with your favorite seeds and fresh herbs or cashew cheese.
Finally if one is just too cosy to even think of venturing out, a little home therapy can be the answer using warming oils with heat, like cardamom, juniper berry, marjoram and rosemary.
A simple method is to select 3 oils ` adding 2 drops of each to about 10 ml’s of a carrier oil or lotion. This warming combination is then rubbed vigorously onto frosty fingers and toes and a comforting warmth will be felt throughout the body as the circulation is stimulated.
Remember Matsimela’s warm orange and ginger products are available instore or online ! Pop into a store closest to you and pick up a decadent butter for an all over body moisturization treatment!