Winter Wellness Soup

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2 tbsp. olive oil
¼ cup shallots, finely chopped
¼ cup green onion, finely chopped
1 heaping tbsp. chopped ginger
1 tbsp. finely chopped garlic
1 celery stalk, chopped
3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
6 cups vegetable broth
2 cups purified water
1 bok choy, chopped
6 tbsp miso, light yellow or white
16 shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced

In traditional Chinese medicine, soups are sometimes part of the treatment plan, and there are lots of “food as medicine” ingredients that can be added to soups. Mushrooms, such as shiitake and maitake,  can be considered medicinal because they provide substantial support to the immune system. Spices also have medicinal value. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is beneficial for the digestive system; thyme can benefit respiratory health while garlic is known for its antimicrobial activity and can help to prevent infection. This Winter Wellness Soup is a delicious way to tackle cold and flu symptoms.


In large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add shallots, green onion, ginger, garlic, celery and carrots and sauté for 5 minutes. Add broth, water, bok choy and miso. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Add mushrooms and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.


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Dr. Ingrid Maes

Dr. Ingrid Maes specializes in gentle chiropractic care and creating a lifestyle that promotes your best health. As a doctor of chiropractic and certified acupuncturist, Ingrid is skilled at identifying the root cause of imbalance and creating physical, nutritional and emotional balance in all systems of your body.

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