Enjoy the Fight…..
Between eating out last weekend while we were out of town, and eating out yesterday because of our crammed busy schedule, I decided that it was time to get my body back on track. I don’t agree with juice cleanses, pills, or detox teas. They are too harsh, our bodies weren’t meant to be “cleansed” like that, and if we do things right, our bodies will detox themselves naturally. If you give your body all of the nutrients that it needs, and treat it with care you can get your system back on track from just about any food disaster. And you can do it without starving yourself, or experiencing any discomfort.
I know the list of ingredients looks long, but it is basically just a really good trip to the produce section. 😉
This soup can be eaten alone, or as a side with a smart meal. I’ve eaten it for breakfast, and snacks, and meals, but I have also used it to supplement a clean, healthy meal plan, to reboot my system. It is loaded with fiber, protein, and vitamins and should be consumed with a good amount of water. (I like to start the day off with lemon cayenne water, and then sparkling water the rest of the day.) Don’t be surprised if you lose a significant amount of water weight when consuming this soup, that is one of the perks! It is only fair to warn you, that this makes A LOT of soup. Which is great because it gives you the chance to consume the entire pot over a week’s time. I like my veggies al dente, and don’t recommend freezing any of the soup due to the fact that everything gets really mushy.
Here is a rundown of what you will be putting into your body……
Yellow Summer Squash – This veggie is super packed with tons of vitamins including manganese which helps our bodies metabolize fats, carbs, and glucose.
Zucchini – Another vitamin rich veggie that is loaded with fiber. This helps to keep us satiated and our intestines to function in a healthy manner.
Sweet Potato – This is a powerhouse of Vitamin A, and potassium.
Mushrooms – These are one of my favorite foods, and they help repair cells, generate energy, and are overflowing with digestive enzymes.
Onion – If super foods are real, I believe that these are one of the single most beneficial super foods. They have phytochemicals that help to boost immunity along with chromium to help stabilize blood sugar, not to mention their ability to decrease inflammation.
Garlic – This age old remedy is just all around good for just about anything that ails a person from a cold, to more serious infections, and has even been shown to impact cancer symptoms.
Tomatoes – Another vitamin filled super FRUIT that is rich in vitamin C, and antioxidants.
Poblano Pepper- Rich in vitamin C and a little heat always helps to boost the metabolism.
Cabbage – Super good source of Vitamin K, and Fiber. One of the best foods for reducing water weight.
Black Beans – These little powerhouses are packed with fiber, and phytonutrients, that are low in cholesterol, and super heart healthy. (Not to mention a little protein punch)
There you have it! This soup is not only healthy, but it tastes really good! I did turn the heat up on it a bit to add to the flavor, and keep everyone’s metabolism boosted. It isn’t hot instantly, it just raises your internal temperature a bit as you eat it. Each ingredient adds to a well-rounded soup filled with protein, fiber, potassium, and other essential vitamins. And the best part is that it is only 70 calories for a 1 cup serving! You can’t beat that. I will say that the most time consuming part is chopping the veggies, but it goes fairly quickly as each stage of the soup is cooking you are able to cut up the next set of veggies. Use the biggest pot you have (I used my wok) because it makes 17 cups. Then you can sit back, relax, and enjoy!
How do you get back on track?
What is your favorite soup?
Natural Detox Soup
By Angie Gouchenour
1 small sweet onion – chopped (I like mine chopped into large pieces)
3 garlic cloves – minced
1 poblano pepper – diced
1 medium sweet potato – peeled and cubed
3 medium carrots – chopped into bite size pieces
1 medium yellow squash – chopped
1 zucchini – chopped
1 package of white button mushrooms – sliced (I bought them pre sliced to save some time)
3 cups veggie broth
1 – 15. 25 ounce can black beans – drained and rinsed well (I usually don’t use canned beans except for this recipe)
2 – 14.5 ounce jars diced tomatoes – do not drain
3 cups low sodium vegetable juice
4 cups green cabbage – roughly chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 – ¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
In a LARGE pot add chopped onions, garlic, and poblano peppers and cook over medium heat until translucent (Use water to saute)
Add your root veggies (carrots and sweet potatoes) to the pot
Continue to cook while chopping zucchini, and yellow squash. Once chopped add to the pot
Add veggie stock, mushrooms, diced tomatoes with juice, black beans, vegetable juice, cumin, salt, and black pepper
Turn the burner up to high and bring to a light boil
Shut off the stove and add the cut up cabbage allow to sit and heat until all veggies are al dente
Remove from the heat and place in containers and promptly place in the fridge (this helps prevent the veggies from getting mushy)
1 cup = 70 calories
Modified from Fav Family Recipes (Still a glitch in my hyperlink function)
Just a reminder this post is for informational purposes only. I am a nutrition, and fitness, consultant, and any information that I pass on is not to be used to replace the care of a medical professional.