Tasty Summer Soup

Winning in its simplicity and its almost perfect nutritional values, as often happens with many "humble" recipes, today's dish is a cold soup which is strictly raw and it could become your favourite summer lunch. Nothing in fact, during the hot season, quite has the same knack for tasting good and healthy and at the same time remain sustainable and economic. It has a beautiful cream consisting of only ripe tomatoes, vegetables, stale bread, herbs and extra virgin olive oil.

Our summer soup is all your body needs when the thermometer rises: it solves hunger and thirst with just a few calories and gives you easily digestible carbohydrates. It is a source of mineral salts and lots of water which give you lycopene and beta-carotene and powerful antibacterial agents contained in Liliaceae (garlic and onion), It also gives you Omega 3 in the extra virgin olive oil and the pepper and chilli substances that stimulate thermogenesis, an aid to maintain a stable body temperature in a boiling climate. In short, a real medicine when the weather is too hot, at almost no cost.

The protagonist of the soup is the pepper

To obtain the maximum benefits and flavour, we use yellow and red peppers, cucumber, courgettes and tomatoes from the July garden at the height of their splendour and add a hint of balsamic and spicy ginger.

On peppers, in particular, we want to say a few words of praise. Despite being often accused of being poorly digestible, once smooth, this drawback is gone, its properties make it an incredible ally of health. In particular, it seems to play a role in reducing the risk of contracting certain cancers, for example in the brain, thanks to its ability to inhibit nitrosamines, carcinogenic substances often consumed through sausages and other preserved foods. Once cooked, the pepper loses about 60% of its value in terms of vitamins and antioxidants, so why not give it a chance and try to taste it raw?

Simply blending the vegetables with a drop of lemon juice, herbs, salt and pepper we get a hybrid between a tomato soup and a cold soup that we can take as much as we like and whenever we want, given its low calories intake, but preferably at least 1 hour and thirty in advance of training.

Let's finish with something crunchy, to counteract the creaminess of the compound, using our beloved oilseeds which are quickly toasted in the pan. In particular, we combine pumpkin seeds, which are tasty zinc mines, phytosterols and tryptophan, an ally of good rest and good mood with flaxseed, real fibre supplements against constipation and beneficial substances for hair, skin and nails.

Ingredients for 4 people
600 g of ripe tomatoes
1 onion
1 cucumber
1 yellow pepper
1 red pepper
1 courgette
20 g fresh ginger
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
20 g fresh basil
10 g of mint
100 g of stale bread crumbs
chili pepper to taste
vinegar as needed
40 ml extra virgin olive oil
salt to taste
pepper to taste
pumpkin seeds as needed
linseed as needed

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