10. Detox Green Machine Soup– Spinach gets called into the game on this recipe, and you can’t blame them for using it, as spinach is one of the most nutritious foods available. When using spinach it’s a good idea to combine it with other ingredients so that you don’t end up with a soup that tastes only like spinach. Here they’ve done a good job of mixing things up, while still maintaining detoxifying properties. The use of green beans, celery, and zucchini give this an amazing taste while providing additional vitamins and minerals. Garlic, basil, and parsley ensure you’ll really enjoy this.
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You might not equate a noodle soup with detoxing, but when you’re using ginger, garlic, and fennel, as well as soba noodles made out of buckwheat you have all of the pieces in place for a wonderful soup you’ll return to again and again. It also contains miso, which is a popular staple in Japan, and has been lauded for its nutritious properties. Overall, this is a very Japanese-inspired dish, and it’s even suggested to eat it Japanese style, using chopsticks to eat the noodles and then drinking the broth right from the bowl.
12. Vegetarian Stew with Quinoa– They thicken this soup into a stew with the use of chickpeas and quinoa. Quinoa gives it a heartiness that is hard to replicate using grains. It’s also a powerful superfood and has gained in popularity in recent years for all of its positive benefits. When mixed with chickpeas you’re getting a good dose of vegetable-based protein, as well as fiber. They use a jalapeno but are careful to remove the spiciest parts. There is also tomatoes, ginger, and butternut squash added to make this soup taste great, while helping to cleanse and nourish the body all at once.
13. Detox Beans & Greens Soup– Many times beans are overlooked as a detox food, because the thought is that only fruits and vegetables can detox the body. But beans have a good amount of fiber and are usually able to aid in digestion if they are cooked properly and eaten in correct portions. In this case they’re using cannellini beans, but you could substitute those with whichever beans you happen to have on hand. The other ingredients highlight the subtle flavor of the beans, while providing additional textures and tastes.
14. Pump up your Greens ‘Creamed’ Soup– The reason creamed is in quotes is because they’ve managed to produce a creamy soup without the use of any cream. The use of plenty of green vegetables, including the hydrating effects of cucumber, the nutrient-dense nature of spinach, and the healthy fat and potassium of avocado make this one a sure winner. This is a soup that you could serve to your family and they wouldn’t even know you’re helping them cleanse, aside from the fact that it looks healthy. Chili powder, lemon juice, and black pepper have you covered for spice and flavor and only spur on the detox process.
15. No-Chicken Soup– No chickens were harmed in the making of this “no chicken” soup. It’s attempting to capture the wholesome goodness of chicken soup, but without using chicken or any byproducts of chickens. This recipe is a little tricky because you have to plan ahead a few days, but the result will be worth it, and if you make enough of it to last a few days you can continue the detoxing gradually. The number of ingredients is rather simple, proving that you don’t need to overdo things as long as you get the basics right.
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Making your own roasted butternut squash can take a little time, but is so worth it. If you’ve ever bought pre-made butternut squash soup at the store, you know that it just doesn’t cut it, and tastes nothing like when it’s freshly prepared. When you combine it with the goodness of apples you are creating a dynamic duo that helps the body in various ways. And don’t overlook the power of the spices used. They’re combining cinnamon, nutmeg, and red pepper flakes not just for flavor but also for the cleansing effects they have.
17. Detox Green Soup– Broccoli is one of the most healthy foods you can eat, and so is spinach, and both get called to the line of duty on this recipe. Just one would be enough to get the detox job done, but when you have them both working in conjunction with each other, it’s almost too much of a good thing. Since some struggle with the thought of having to eat either broccoli or spinach, don’t fret: there is parsley, garlic, and onions to help with the taste and also to add bonus nutrients, as if it needed any.
18. Cleansing Miso, Beet and Asparagus Soup– Most miso soups have a light brown or tan color, but not this one thanks to the beets being used. What we have here is a collection of three main ingredients that all have been covered in the news as being very good for the body. Miso sometimes gets partial credit for the overall health of the Japanese people. Beets are gaining in popularity due to the fact that they contain phytonutrients that just aren’t found in many other places. Asparagus has enough healthy benefits on its own but adds greatly to this soup.
19. Roasted Pumpkin Soup– Pumpkins are just for making jack-o-lanterns or for pumpkin pies. Try adding them more to your cooking by getting comfortable with the idea of roasting them in the oven until they’re tender. Save the seeds for other recipes that call for them, as these are extra-healthy as well. There aren’t too many other supporting ingredients on this, just some onion and garlic and a few herbs and spices. You’ll really taste the pumpkin on this, and get its nutritional value as well. Pumpkin doesn’t get a lot of recognition as a detoxing food, but it is.
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