Chilled avocado, turmeric and cashew nut soup

Chilled avocado, turmeric and cashew nut soup

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Real Food by Mike
Serves
4
Photographer
Alan Benson

This refreshing soup works well for breakfast to kick start your day, or as a light lunch. There are a number of varieties of avocados available in spring and they get better towards the end of the season. There is no right type to use for this soup, as they are all as good as each other. The only prerequisite is that the avocados must be ripe with a sweet flavour. Pumpkin seed oil can be found in most health food or good food stores. If you can’t find it, try edible argan oil or a simple drizzle of very good-quality extra-virgin olive oil. This recipe will also work well with any kind of nut milk, or you can use full-cream milk.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 avocados
600ml cashew nut milk or rice milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon ground tumeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
freshly grated nutmeg
2 teaspoons pumpkin seed oil

Method

  1. Pulse all the ingredients together in a blender or food processor and serve the soup chilled.

Medicinal Benefit

  • Avocado is high in monounsaturated fatty acids, as well as the omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid linoleic acid. A diet rich in these acids can help lower LDL, otherwise known as ‘bad’ cholesterol, and increase HDL, or ‘good’ cholesterol, helpful in preventing coronary artery disease. Avocados also contain vitamins A, K, E (great for skin) and B (for muscle growth). Cashew nuts contain monounsaturated fatty acids too, plus important micronutrients and minerals like manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Turmeric root contains curcumin, a potent compound that not only imparts a deep orange colour, but can exhibit antitumour, antioxidant, anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory attributes. Turmeric’s phytonutrient profile is off the charts and its total antioxidant strength is one of the highest of all the herbs and spices.
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