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Sweet Potato Leek Soup

I love soup! It is an easily digestible way to get nutrients into your system. I have actually taken to eating soups for breakfast. It is a gentle way to ease your digestive system into waking up and it sustains you for much longer than a bowl of oatmeal.

                                                                      Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

This recipe is a new take on an old favorite. Typically white potato is used which tends to make your blood sugar spike quickly. Sweet potato is a more sustained energy and it tastes amazing! Sweet potatoes are high in B6, a good source of Vitamin C and D, iron, magnesium and potassium. They are also high in carotenoids, the precursor to vitamin A.  Carotenoids help strengthen our eyesight and boost our immunity to disease, they are powerful antioxidants that help ward off cancer and protect against the effects of aging.

                                                                                Health Benefits of Leeks

Leeks, like garlic and onions, belong to a vegetable family called the Allium vegetables. Since leeks are related to garlic and onions, they contain many of the same beneficial compounds found in these well-researched, health-promoting vegetables. They benefit cardiovascular health by protecting blood vessel lining from damage. They are high in Folate better known as B9. Folate supports normal fetal development, promotes sperm health and function, is great for the heart, encourages normal cholesterol, provides neurological support, helps perinatal depression, is great for colon health and reduces the risk for age-related macular degeneration. Needless to say Folate is amazing!

Recipe

Ingredients:
1sweet potato chopped
1 leek thinly sliced
organic chicken stock, bone broth or vegetable broth
3 cloves of garlic minced
2 tablespoons of avocado oil
sea salt to taste
Trader Joe’s 21 season salute or any seasoning combination
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp pumpkin spice

Directions:
Sautée leek and garlic in avocado oil. Throw in sweet potato. Add seasonings to your liking. Mix together then add in the broth. I use a pressure cooker for about 20 minutes then throw it in my vitamix. If using a pot, cook until the potatoes are soft and then throw in the blender. Makes about 2-3 servings.
Enjoy!

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