Nope, I'm not talking about a trendy 'Juice Cleanse' here! Satisfying and full of vitamins, a 'Soup Cleanse' is the perfect way to detox and eat clean without starving yourself.
Keep reading to find out why!
Soup cleansing maintains the fibers that feed the gut microbiome, and generally speaking soups are super low in sugar. To ensure you are getting all the benefits of soup cleansing, make your own veg based purées with bone (or vegetable) broth and a whole pile of veggies.
Cooking might kill some of the live enzymes, but that doesn’t mean a soup cleanse won't give you a bucket load of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients while still giving your digestive track a break.
In fact, the cooking process of a soup can actually help make the ingredients in it more digestible and doing so can actually help unlock antioxidants. For example, cooked tomatoes supply more lycopene than what you'd get in a freshly sliced Caprese salad.
Without the calorie-ridden 'sugar high' you get with juice, fresh homemade savoury soup delivers jam-packed nutrition with the same de-bloating benefits as juice leaving you feeling satisfied and well fed with the super nutrition of fibrous greens, healthy fat and loads of minerals.
Fresh homemade soup is so easy to make because you barely need a recipe -- but just in case, you want some inspo, here’s the standard format I follow when I whip up a batch. It works with just about anything you can find in your fridge, freezer and cupboards:
Step #1 - Slice + sauté a medium sized onion and a few garlic cloves in a healthy fat like olive oil &/or (grass fed) butter until fragrant. Do this in a large pot, on medium/low heat.
Step #2 - Finely chop at least 6 cups of your fave vegetables, focusing on green ones like spinach, zucchini, kale, asparagus, celery, green peas and broccoli. Mix this pile of green goodness into your pot of onion/garlic yumminess.
Step #3 - Hopefully, you’ve had time to make your own broth but if you haven’t get a good one from your local supermarket. Add 6 cups of the broth of your choice to your pot of veggies. You can use chicken, beef or vegetable broth. Bring to a rolling boil for 15 minutes or until vegetables are fork-tender.
Step #4 - When luke warm, blend the mixture using a blender until desired consistency is reached.Step #5 - Season with a handful of freshly chopped herbs (my faves are basil and parsley) along with a generous pinch of sea salt. For an extra punch of deliciousness stir in some coconut milk, mashed avocado or a dollop of hummus.