Benefits Of Mushrooms & Creamy Raw Mushroom Soup

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Creamy raw mushroom soup made with fresh mushrooms, almond milk, fresh herbs & pepper! If the idea of drinking a raw mushroom soup had you recoiling, I’m just going to say: you have to try it to believe it! It’s satisfying, delicious and feels so good ! It has more flavor than any canned or cooked mushroom soup you may but or order in a restaurant. If you prefer the soup cooked you can cook it but you will get the most health benefits from drinking it raw. I saw this video and was quite intrigued so when I had some spare mushrooms I made it and it was delish. I just used a box of white button mushrooms but I plan to try this with shiitake mushroom next. I used home-made almond milk and loaded up on the garlic and pepper since I like my soups spicy. It was yummy!  Creamy and peppery with an intense mushroom flavor. You should use a high-powered blender or food processor to get it all smooth and creamy! Raw mushroom soup is my new love now and in the warm summer months ahead when I want something cool and light I can blend up a cup of raw mushroom soup in 3 minutes or less ! look at all that creamy goodness !! 

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Health Benefits of Mushrooms:

  • Improved immune system: Alpha and beta glucan molecules found abundantly in mushrooms strengthen the immune system and enhance immunity. Shiitake mushrooms in particular are touted for their immune boosting properties.
  • Improves levels of Vitamin D in your body: Dried mushroom and fresh mushroom are loaded with vitamin D and white mushroom extract is equivalent to supplemental Vitamin D.  Read my post on why supplemental D is important here.
  • Heart health: The beta-glucans in mushrooms a contribute to its cholesterol-lowering impact. Mushrooms can help protect us against cardiovascular diseases (including atherosclerosis) by preventing too much immune cell binding to the lining of our blood vessels.
  • Prevent cancer: The beta glucans we talked about also have very powerful anti-tumor properties. They have liver protecting and detoxifying protection against ionizing radiation, antibacterial, and anti-HIV activity. Reishi mushroom in particular is very beneficial to prevent cancer and to reduce progression of the disease.
  • Anti-aging benefits: The beta glucans and superior antioxidants deliver strong anti- aging benefits by fighting oxidation damage thus promoting longevity. Reshi mushrooms are touted for their anti-aging benefits and were even referred to as the mushroom of immortality by ancient people. 

Common types of mushrooms:

Crimini, enoki, oyster, portobello, shiitake, reshi and white button are some commonly available mushrooms .All mushrooms are loaded with essential nutrients so help yourself by adding mushroom to your diet! You can buy them fresh frozen or dry. 

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Warning!

Beware of toxic mushrooms. If your body exhibits symptoms of food poisoning after ingestion of mushroom, you may have consumed toxic mushrooms.  It is extremely important to purchase mushroom from a reputable source which is clearly labeled and which has been subjected to inspection. Mushrooms absorb and concentrate whatever they are grown in so it is important to use organic mushrooms especially if you’re making my raw mushroom soup.

 

Raw Mushroom Soup

Serves 4
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer
Misc Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold

Ingredients

  • 8oz mushrooms
  • 6-8oz almond milk
  • 2 Cloves garlic
  • 1 Tsp peppercorn
  • 1/2 Tsp sea salt
  • 1 sprig thyme

Note

For a warm soup cook it stove top for 6 -8 minutes  or in a vitamix blender for 4 minutes . Soup can be enjoyed raw or warm.

Directions

Put cleaned mushroom in a blender.
Cover with almond milk. Add peppercorn, salt and fresh garlic.
Blend a few seconds till it becomes smooth. Add almond milk to make it thinner if you want.
Stir in fresh thyme or herbs of your choice and enjoy your creamy raw mushroom soup

References :

  1. Mushroom and the immune system 
  2. Mushroom for the heart
  3. Mushroom and cancer

Comments

  1. Hey Sunithi,
    I possess an inherent love for mushrooms!!! A soup with dozens of mushroom can certainly make my day. I would love to try this recipe this weekend, when we are planning to have a get together for friends. You actually helped me with the planning of the menu. And lastly, I loved this bowl in which you have served the soup in the picture. Thanks for the share.

  2. Never thought of a raw mushroom soup, but this looks good ! I may try a cooked version first and then try the raw ! Good list of benefits.

  3. Yummmm ! Love mushrooms, so will try this. Anti-aging is my biggest incentive :) ! Ever tried it with coconut milk Sue ?

  4. How interesting! Going to try this!

  5. Sounds easy. Who knew mushrooms could be to healthy

  6. Mushroom soup is nutritious and satisfying at the same time. It is indeed a healthy dish and can benefit diet conscious people and those with heart trouble and diabetes. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Mushroom soup sounds wonderful! I can’t believe how creamy this is without even cooking it. Amazing!

  8. Thank you for this fine article. It’s great to read your blog.

  9. Mushrooms have a high nutritional value and have a distinct taste which only the mushroom lovers can describe. This soup must be as nutritious and yummy as it seems. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  10. Love to know that this mushroom soup is good to heart health… :)
    I would love to try this as substitute of my oatmeal menu for breakfast :)

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