Research from the University of Barcelona, Spain on 3995 people found that those who drank one cup a week of gazpacho soup lowered their blood pressure by up to 27%.

 

Gazpacho is a raw soup containing tomatoes, cucumber, garlic and olive oil which have all been found to reduce blood pressure individually but the soup delivers them in one serving. The high carotenes, vitamin C and polyphenols content outweighs the adverse effect of the salt.

 

Now that summer is here make your own delicious gazpacho soup with the following recipe:

 

 

INGREDIENTS

8 ripe tomatoes and 1 cup of tomato juice OR 2 cans of organic tinned tomatoes

1 red onion peeled or 2 shallots

4 lebanese cucumbers or 1 english cucumber

1 red capsicum, cored and seeded

3 large garlic cloves

1 small red chilli,seeded ( use less if you don’t like too much heat)

1 cup of filtered water

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Juice and zest of a lemon

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp fresh basil or parsley (optional)

pinch himalyan or celtic salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

  

If you are using fresh tomatoes cover with boiling water for 20 seconds then peel. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth add more water if necessary.

Garnish with extra chopped tomatoes, cucumber and basil.

 

VARIATIONS:

Add 1 tbsp of ground almonds,or use extra red capsicum, or use juice and zest of an orange or lime.

(Serves: 4-6)

Michelle Toocaram

Michelle Toocaram

Michelle Toocaram has been a natural therapist for over 20 years. She has a life long interest in health and natural medicine and has trained extensively in both the UK and Australia. She graduated from the Dorothy Hall College of Herbal Medicine with distinction. Dorothy Hall is Australia's most well known herbalist with over 40 years of professional practice and teaching and the author of many leading books on the subject. She also founded the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, which regulates natural therapists.

Michelle studied in the UK with both the School of Phytotherapy and the Self Heal School. She also had a Diploma in Iridology from the Independent School of Iridology.

Michelle also studied Journey Therapy with Brandon Bays and is an accredited Journey Practitioner.

Advanced Diploma (Dorothy Hall) Classical Herbal Medicine

Diploma of Iridology

Diploma of Anatomy & Physiology

Accredited Journey Practitioner

Diploma of Remedial Massage

Member Australian Traditional Medicine Society

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