It’s important during the winter (and year round) to ensure we are consuming an adequate amount of nutrient dense foods to help strengthen and maintain our immune system. Additionally, we all need to remember to keep hydrated which can be difficult to do when it is so cold outside. Adequate hydration helps to maintain skin integrity, body temperature regulation, joint lubrication, immune function, sleep quality, mood and digestive function.
An easy way to consume nutrient dense foods while improving hydration is to consume hearty soups. Choosing ingredients like potatoes, green vegetables, lean proteins and low sodium bases will provide you with a tasty and satisfying dish that is sure to please your taste buds and your body!
This delicious potato and kale soup is an excellent source of potassium & fiber (found in potatoes) as well as iron, vitamin K, ACE antioxidants, calcium & magnesium, found in kale. Adding pureed white beans and Greek yogurt amps up the protein content of the meal too! Preparing the potatoes with skin on will provide you with an additional 1 gram of fiber, as opposed to if you peel them. The fennel seeds found in this soup aid in digestion and may also freshen breath!
Pair this with some nice, warm bread and enjoy!