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This broccoli and almond soup is good for your respiratory health

Published on:2 May 2020, 14:20pm IST
Wondering how you can take care of your lungs and respiratory health during this time? Well, you can start by giving this broccoli and almond soup a try.
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This bowl of soup is loaded with nutrients and dietary fibres. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Aren’t you tired of eating just fried and sugary stuff? Let’s give a break to all  high-fat delicacies and make something which is nutritious, great for your gut, and will help you improve your respiratory health. Yes, you read that right. Certain foods–like this broccoli and almond soup–can take care of your lungs. Plus, it will also keep your weight in check. 

Today, we’ve got chef Vaibhav Bhargawa with us to share his broccoli and almond soup recipe. 

So, let the cooking begin. 

Ingredients
100 gm blanched almonds
20 gm butter
100 gm finely chopped onion
30 gm finely chopped garlic
1 ltr chicken stock /vegetable stock
500 gm broccoli stems peeled
Salt to taste
Ground white pepper to taste

Preparation

1. Toast the almonds in a small frying pan until they become fragrant and turn a little brown. Remove the pan from the stove and keep it aside.
2. In a large heated soup pot, add butter and when it gets hot, add onion and cook for a few minutes.
3. Now add garlic and continue cooking for a minute or two. Add the broccoli and cook for an additional five minutes.
4. Add the chicken/vegetable stock and bring to a boil. As soon as it starts to boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 12 minutes or until the broccoli becomes fork tender.
5. Add the reserved almonds to the soup but reserve a few for garnishing at the end.
6. Puree the soup with a hand blender, regular blender, or food processor.
7. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

Your scrumptious broccoli and almond soup is ready.

Broccoli, the superhero of this soup
Guys, broccoli is a great source of vitamins K and C, a good source of folate (folic acid), and also provides potassium and fibre. That also means that this soup is great for pregnant women as well.

But are you wondering how it can help your respiratory health? Well, according to a study, sulforapane–a compound which is found broccoli–increase activity of a gene in lung cells which in turn allows your lungs to better deal with toxins.

Not to mention, when it comes to great-tasting nutrition, broccoli is an all-star food with many health benefits. While low in calories, broccoli is rich in essential vitamins and minerals.

zinc rich foods
Zinc also helps in boosting immunity. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Also, broccoli belongs to a family of vegetables called cruciferous vegetables. A cup of cooked broccoli offers as much vitamin C as an orange, and is a good source of beta-carotene. Broccoli contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc too. Plus it is low-cal too

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