Vegan Pumpkin and Carrot Soup

This ultimate immune-boosting vegan pumpkin and carrot soup is very healthy and contains flu fighting superfoods like turmeric, garlic and ginger. Ready in 15 min. :)!

So here are the main organic ingredients I use (4 servings): 60% pumpkin, 19% carrot, red onion, celery, and 0.6% coriander.

The addition of the garlic (I use 2 or 3 cloves), ginger and turmeric makes the soup very nourishing and healing for the body.

Sauté the ingredients (except the coriander*) for 2 min on a low temperature, then add 400ml of water. Cook for 13 min (not too high temperature).

pumpkin and carrot soup

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Hemp Seeds & The Cannabis Plant

I recently discovered the amazing health benefits of hemp seeds!

Hemp seeds are produced from the hemp plant,Cannabis sativa L. While hemp is commonly confused with marijuana, as it belongs to the same family, the two plants are quite different. Most notably is the level of THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Hemp contains less than 1% of the psychoactive drug while marijuana contains up to 20% or more.

Hemp Plant

I love the organic hulled raw seeds of Vitanza HQ.  A couple of spoonfuls of the hemp seeds packs a serious amount of essential nutrients! They have a pleasantly nutty taste, like a cross between a sunflower seed and a pine nut. I often sprinkle the seeds into salads, smoothies, yoghurt, cereal or oats!!! Very yummy & healthy!!

Organic Hemp Seeds

Health benefits of raw hemp seeds:

  • Excellent source of essential fatty acids including Omega 3, 6 and GLA in the perfect balance
  • More digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk or any other high protein food
  • Rich in Vitamin E
  • Can be eaten by those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, lactose or sugar
  • There are no known allergies to hemp foods.

Organic Paleo Bars and Porridge

Nowadays, more and more people are following a paleo, vegan or pegan(= paleo + vegan) diet. Vegan diet studies show they help with weight loss, reverse diabetes and lower cholesterol.  Paleo diets seem to do the same thing. I see myself as a “cheating pegan” :).

At the BioXpo in Brussels VitaSana I noticed two interesting brands that I wanted to try out: Turtle and Wild Thing.

Organic Paleo Bars and Organic Porridge

I really love the Turtle’s organic “Porridge Seedy” (one of my fav. porridges so far). I never ate porridge with so much seeds. The Porridge Seedy includes fine oat bran, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, buckwheat, flax seeds, poppy seeds and chia seeds rich in omega 3.

Furthermore, I tried Wild Things’ organic paleo raw bar with coconut and chia (off course I chose again the coconut taste :/) . I could really taste the blend of the dates, cashews, coconut and chia seeds. Yummy.

Here are 3 interesting articles to learn more about the paleo and vegan diets:

Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did! 🙂