Feed Your Beauty - Carrot Soup with Seaweed
Vegetarian and Vegan Options
A lovely warming soup that also has the benefit of added seaweed – this is particularly handy if you have some left from last month’s Mint Choc Seaweed Shake. This recipe is vegetarian but could be made vegan with minimal adjustments. Please see the recipe card for further details.
The ingredients are a guideline, so feel free to swap things around to suit yourself. If you prefer chicken stock to vegetable stock in your soup – or that’s all you have in the cupboard – then pop that in instead.
I tend to cook meals based on what I have in the fridge and cupboards. It’s difficult to replicate a meal with this off-the-cuff method, but it minimises waste and can provide some unexpected delights.
This under-rated vegetable has always been one of my firm favourites. There was no need to acquire the taste for them, it was always there and never waned. My children were weaned on carrot puree (amongst other things) and they still love them as adults.
I find these lovely root vegetables so versatile that they are always on my shopping list and in my fridge. I also have a stock of home-grown, organic beauties at the moment with plans to grow more in my raised beds this year.
In addition to the recipe we’re covering here, carrots are a perfect snack food. I particularly enjoy them dipped into houmous, juiced for a nutritious drink and added to all sorts of smoothies. They are wonderful when served as part of a meal, whether they’re mashed with swede, roasted with parsnips, or simply boiled. They are perfect in soups, stews and casseroles, but due to their sweet notes, they make the transition to desserts and pastries too. I am a big fan of carrot cake, but the roots also work well in other cakes and muffins, along with ice-cream and fudge. All in all, it is a hero in an unassuming package.
Whether you choose one of the orange varieties, or opt for the less commonly seen purple, red, white and yellow types, carrots are a good source of vitamins and fibre while being very low in fat. Orange, red and purple versions are particularly rich in beta-carotene (a carotenoid) which converts to vitamin A in the body and is important for growth, development and immune function, along with promoting good vision and eye health.
Eating a variety of foods is the best way to get vitamins and minerals into your body for maximum health benefits. Beta carotene is an antioxidant and carrots are the best source of it, but it is also found in sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, squash, red and yellow peppers and apricots, to name but a few. Antioxidants are both produced by the body and found in foods. They are important to us, as they defend cells from damage caused by free radicals. See our blog on Free Radicals for more information.
Carrots are predominantly made up of water and carbohydrates. The former accounts for up to 95% of this humble vegetable. They are a useful addition to the diet when trying to lose weight. The fibre contained within them is mainly soluble, which may help lower blood sugar, lower blood cholesterol and feed friendly bacteria in the gut. The insoluble fibres may help reduce the risk of constipation.
In addition to being an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta carotene) carrots also provide biotin (a B vitamin), vitamin B6 (which converts to energy), vitamin K1 for bone health and important for blood coagulation, along with potassium which is important in regulating blood pressure.
Besides the beta carotene mentioned previously, plant compounds in carrots include antioxidant alpha-carotene, lutein (found mainly in the yellow and orange versions), lycopene (in red and purple varieties) and anthocyanins (in dark carrots).
Carrot Soup with Seaweed
This soup is perfect for lunch or a light supper. Serve it with a hunk of your favourite bread or some crackers. Seaweed crackers work exceptionally well, either homemade or shop bought.
A nice simple recipe, with a manageable number of ingredients, it is as simple to prepare as it is delicious. For the recipe, click here.
Food in Skincare
To see how Pevonia incorporates seaweed into the natural skincare range, please see here. You can also find the recipe for our Mint Choc & Seaweed Shake.
Beta Carotene is found within:
Dry Skin Line
Combination Skin Line
Micro Retinol™ Line
De-Ageing Spa Body Line