So you've just completed a marathon, when suddenly you have a sore throat, or a cold. You may think that all that running makes you healthy, but did you know that your immune system is at its weakest in the two weeks following a big run or a race? According to Runners World, while 30 to 45 minutes of moderate daily exercise does stimulate the immune system, the rigors of running longer distances temporarily weakens it. Now, I don't want to jinx myself, but I have done a pretty good job at staying healthy through the past two marathon training cycles. Multi-Vitamins, immune-boosting foods, you name it, I've probably tried it. That is why I was bummed this past week when I came down with a horrible sore throat. With many people around me being sick, I guess it should come as no surprise that my weakened immune system left me susceptible to a bug.
Enter my Immune Boost Ginger Carrot Soup. I was first introduced to white miso by Shalene Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky's, Run Fast Eat Slow, cook book. Knowing that it is rich in probiotics, I decided to use that as a the base for my soup. Ginger is a known cold and flu fighter, so adding that was a no brainer.
Immunity Boost Ginger Carrot Soup (serves 1)
Place all ingredients into your blender or vitamix
- 1.5 tsp white miso paste
- 1/2 cup steamed carrots
- 1/2 cup sweet potato
- 1 table spoon raw ginger
- 1/3 cup almond or cashew milk
- 3 cups hot water
Blend on high for 2 minutes.
Serve with a tablespoon of nutritional yeast sprinkled on top (hello, vitamin B12!)
How do you stay healthy while training or racing?
Do you have your own immunity boost soup recipe? Please share!