A while ago I received some samples of a brand of bottled soup that I was supposed to drink from a bottle instead of serving it from a bowl with a spoon in hand. At first, I thought the idea of drinking soup was a food trend that needed to disappear fast. But I was blown away by how awesome all the different flavors tasted. I idea behind drinking soup is that you basically take a bunch of ingredients, blend them up and then sip what is essentially a whole food juice. Gazpacho would be a good example. The benefit is that you drink the whole vegetable or fruit instead of just the juice pressed from it. Brilliant!
For some time now, I’ve wanted to try making my own drinking soup. And now in the grips of winter why not blend one up with a payload of immune-boosting vitamin A for #makeyourownfuelfridays. This mixture has just the right amount of sweetness and gingery zing. Plus it’s crazy easy to make. Simply simmer up your veggies and then blend with sweet cider. Each sip is like a fountain of youth. I’ve been drinking it after sweat sessions on the bike trainer to help my body feel recharged. You could also warm the soup on the stovetop and serve in a mug instead of a glass.
If not using cider, try adding a couple chopped apples to the simmering vegetables after about 15 minutes on the stovetop and then blend the whole thing with 1 cup water.
Ginger Sweet Potato Drinking Soup
1 pound sweet potato, peeled and diced (about 3 cups)
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup sliced ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup apple cider
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Place sweet potato, carrots, ginger, salt and 3 cups water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered until vegetables are very tender, about 20 minutes.
Place contents of pan including any remaining water in a blender container along with cider and cinnamon; blend until very smooth.
Chill for 2 or more hours before serving.
In Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports & Adventure, award-winning dietitian Matt Kadey offers up 120 delicious, creative, and convenient real-food recipes to power your everyday exercise and weekend adventures.
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Food photography by Aaron Colussi.