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Leek & Potato Gold Soup Goodness

Leeks were an impulsive buy yesterday.

And then I decided to make soup when I got home.

An hour later, the leek soup was ready to eat.

Most times, soup takes a significant time to cook into something tasty. Texture wise, time is a friend to soup. Cooking over a length of time gives time for the ingredients to break down and meld with the flavors. These things make a tasty broth.

However, I had a tasty, filling soup in a short amount of time. How?

We have leeks to thank for that! Leeks cook down quickly and infuse their onion-y flavor.

Leeks are like green onions, just way bigger. Inside each stalk, there are numerous layers. They grow in sand and dirt and all that debris gets nestled between the layers.

The best way to clean the grit out is by slicing them and then soaking in a lot of cold water. The grit falls to the bottom.

While in the water, I manually separated the leek layers to allow the dirt to fall away. Some of the grit required me to actually rub it off.

There will be a lot of sand at the bottom of the bowl after you do this. Don’t make the mistake and dump the whole thing at once! (The dirt will go back onto the leeks.) Instead, use your hands and lift the leeks out of the water.

Anyway, as the leeks were soaking, I sauteed an onion in some oil. While that was cooking, I cleaned these golden babes:

Gold potatoes are my absolute favorite.

After adding some water to the onions, I added a shake of dill seeds and added the chopped potatoes too.

After that began boiling, I added the clean, sliced leeks to the pot, along with a little more water. I didn’t want the soup to be watery, I wanted a broth. It was thick while everything cooked.

I put the lid partially on top of the pot and let it cook for about 20 minutes.

Then, the seasonings came into play:

Not too much pepper was added as Young Legendary complains when there is too much spice. Sea salt was also added.

And then, everything was smelling good and the potatoes cooked fast. Next, I was eating a bowl of this gold soup.

With no doubts, this is one of the tastiest things I’ve made so far in 2019 πŸ™‚

Thank you for reading!

About Minerals πŸ’Ž

Minerals are equally as important as vitamins when it comes to the human body.

Actually, there would be no body at all if it were not for minerals. The body is made of various elements found on Earth.

The human experience is made possible by the combination of sunlight, water, and Earth elements.

In the body, these mineral element molecules are what our bodies are made out of. Literally, yes. But, you can’t just eat dirt at gain the benefits. Some need to combine with other things to make them effective.

That being said, there are lots of minerals and trace minerals that all have names and functionality.

Here we can cover the popular ones (they are all important):

  • Calcium – It is indeed important for healthy bones, teeth, muscles to have a steady supply of calcium to use. Getting abundant calcium in younger years also provides some protection against osteoporosis in older years.
  • Chromium – is an essential part of digesting protein and sugar.
  • Chlorine – this one is also good for digestion, as well as healthy for the liver.
  • Iodine – helps to regulate the thyroid gland. Iodine also keeps balance in mental health.
  • Iron – Very important to the body as it helps to produce red blood cells. Every body organ and organ system is benefited from iron.
  • Lithium – Nourishes the brain and nervous system.
  • Phosphorus- This mineral is good for brain health. It also promotes healthy bones and teeth.
  • Potassium- good for muscle health, digestion, and a strong heart.
  • Manganese- keeps balance in the digestive system, nerves, brain and reproductive system.
  • Magnesium– helps to break down carbohydrates.
  • Selenium – Strengthens the liver and protects the body from free radicals.
  • Sulphur – Important for healthy skin, hair and nails.
  • Zinc- A very healing mineral. Important for cell growth and healthy body tissues.

While it is possible to gain all the minerals needed through diet, supplements are popular because it makes it easier. However, all supplements are not created equal. Synthetic minerals are not good. Look for minerals that are chelated (plant sourced and ready for the body to use.)

Additionally, specific health issues require higher amounts of minerals, which makes supplements a nice resource to have available.

About Vitamins!❀️

Obtaining nutrients is a big reason why we eat. Food is fuel for our bodies. The quality of that food fuel is what has the power to make us feel good versus feeling sluggish and crappy.

Vitamins and minerals are so essential.

Vitamins can be categorized by several properties but here at Easy Light Sources, we can just keep it simple – some Vitamins are oil-soluble and some are water soluble.

Here’s a quick rundown of most of all Vitamins:

  • Vitamin A – contributes to healthy body tissues, pretty hair & skin, and it also protects the cells.
  • Vitamin BMakes it possible for the nervous system to communicate with itself and with the body. Without B-vitamins, your body will not behave like you want it to.
  • Vitamin C – This one shows love to the human body by protecting cells, organs, and tissues from outside germs. Not only does it prevent infections, Vitamin C also provides healing benefits to a weakened immune system. Vitamin C also works really well with the mineral Iron.
  • Vitamin D – Essential for mineral absorption in the body. It comes from the sun! Remember: the sun is the ultimate light source!
  • Vitamin E – Having quality hair and skin is a benefit of consuming this antioxidant vitamin! It protects the cells from damage and free radicals.
  • Vitamin F – The body needs fatty acids for several reasons which include the processing and transportation of vitamins and minerals.
  • Vitamin G – Nourishes the nervous system!
  • Vitamin K – Nourishes the blood and liver. It also helps the nervous system. This one is well known for promoting healthy clotting abilities in the blood. Hospitals like to give this to brand new babies, minutes after they are born. It’s important to note, Vitamin K can be made by the human body. It is a by-product of the bacteria made in the gut (intestines).
  • Vitamin L – Further research is needed here, stay tuned!
  • Vitamin P – Promotes stomach health.

… That about covers the most common vitamins that start with the name Vitamin. Of course, there will be updates as more information is uncovered.

As always, thank you for reading.

For additional reading, check out this article on if plants can be used as drugs

Here are the books that were used for this article:

African Holistic Health by Dr. Laila Afrika.

Every Woman’s Book by Dr. Paavo Airola.

Microbiology in Action by J. Heritage, E.G.V Evans, and R.A Killington.

7 Things Vegans Need

A plant-based life is easier to maintain when you have an abundance of these 7 things!

1. Friends!

Having friends makes everything easier. Vegan friends are A1 but anyone who has your best interests at heart will make it easier to be yourself.

2. Cooking Skills

Cooking is an invaluable skill that has numerous benefits throughout a lifetime. Fear of failure keeps a lot of folks from starting but don’t be afraid. The more you do it, the better you’ll get!

3. Sleep

When we’re under rested, there is the unfortunate tendency to eat more snacks and junk food. Your will power is stronger when you have had a solid night of sleep.

4. Water!

For similar reasons as above, when you’re well hydrated, your thoughts have clarity. Being hydrated also means you’re less likely to over eat or drink sugary drinks.

5. Fresh Foods

Sure, a person could survive on canned veggies but what kind of life would that be??

6. Strength & Discernment

It takes strength to say no to something but it’s not that hard. At the same time, keep the power discernment when it comes to choosing what to eat/what not to eat. Your diet is your diet so stay real to yourself!

7. Ingredient lists!

After all, how will we know what’s in all the yummy vegan junk foods?? πŸ™‚