A detox soup takes many of the healthiest ingredients possible and puts them together in one pot. They usually involve pureeing or blending the vegetables up, or at the very least chopping them into bite-sized pieces. This makes the soup easy to digest so your body can absorb and utilize all of the nutrients more easily. The best part about these recipes is that the focus is still on taste, so you’re getting a detox dose of vitamins and minerals without having to suffer through it.
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The apple cider vinegar used to give this soup its sour quality is also working to provide your body with helpful digestive flora. They say to use a mixed mushroom pack and you can do that or you can simply use mushrooms that are known for their detoxing value, like shiitake and reishi. They’ve done a good job of altering the typical hot and sour soup recipe to not only exclude meat, but also make it so that your body is getting a good dose of detoxing goodness. It’s one of those soups that you can feel good about eating, and also enjoy the way it tastes.
2. Tender and Spicy Green Soup– You simply can’t go wrong when you start off with celery as your foundation. This is one veggie that we know we should be eating more of, but that doesn’t typically find its way onto our plate. The stringiness and acquired taste of celery makes it hard to get excited about, but when you combine it with ingredients like peppers, spinach, ginger, and cumin, you are building a taste sensation, while keeping it ultra-healthy and vitamin loaded. Each ingredients seems hand-picked to either give you fiber for digestion, or to provide a cleansing effect with the spices.
3. Radish Leek Soup– Ah, the radish. This little guy doesn’t get any respect. He’s like the Rodney Dangerfield of the vegetable world. But this recipe pays him some by making it the featured ingredients. Along with leeks you’re getting a one-two punch of nutrition here. Potatoes give it the soupy consistency and texture, and the use of sea kelp rounds things off. If you don’t use a lot of radishes in your cooking you might be surprised by their subtle taste. They are known for being able to purify the blood and are a cancer fighting food to boot.
4. Lentil, Kale, and Sweet Potato Stew– One surefire way to get a detox soup, or stew in this instance, is to combine foods that are standalone superfoods. That’s just what they’ve done here. The lentils in this help to keep your digestive system moving, and the kale is an amazing food all on its own. When you add sweet potatoes you’re getting a broad nutritional spectrum and additional fiber. The overall effect is a taste sensation that will leave you feeling like you didn’t really have a detox soup, but rather a soup at a fancy restaurant.
5. Healthy Detox Soup– If you’ve got kale, you can generally make a detox soup by adding it to a soup recipe. It’s that powerful. But in this one they didn’t let it do all of the work by itself, and there are a lot of supporting vegetables in here. For example, tomatoes, carrots, celery, and leeks serve to further help the body and give you a nice spectrum of different vitamins and minerals. You’re also getting the cleansing benefits of citrus juice from a lemon, and the benefits of cracked black pepper, which also improves the taste.
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Potassium is one nutrient that is both easy to fall behind on, and easy to correct, all you have to do is eat more potassium-rich foods. This detox soup is paying extra attention to it, and has more than a few ways to get you back to good in this area. Consider kale for starters, and the 329 milligrams of potassium per cup it contains. Or the carrots that don’t trail too far behind kale. And pass on the optional avocado, as it contains more potassium than a banana, and will help the body with its healthy fat and other nutrients.
7. Kale and Lentil Soup– Even though kale and lentils get the top billing on this recipe, there are also a good assortment of other vegetables to help with the detox plan. But combining kale with lentils works on a few different levels, and is worth pointing out. If you were to eat nothing but kale you’d be working to detox your body. When you add lentils you are boosting your fiber intake so that your digestive system gets a boost. Carrots, garlic, and parsley are all known for their cleansing and nutritional benefits, and join the cast here.
8. Gerson’s Hippocrates Soup– The focus here is on organic ingredients, and that’s really important when you are trying to detox. You wouldn’t want pesticides and herbicides or GMOs interfering with the process and acting to toxify you just as fast as you’re detoxing. The use of leeks, tomatoes, and celery make it so you’re not only getting massive amounts of flavor, but you’re sticking to the plan of detoxing and not including anything that might detract from that goal. We especially like that they haven’t skimped on the details, opting for sea salt rather than table salt.
9. Broccoli and Pea Potage with Thyme– You simply can’t go wrong with broccoli, and anytime you add it to any recipe or as a side dish on your plate, you are adding a detoxing food to your menu. Here it takes center stage as each serving contains a quarter pound of broccoli. This, along with the use of lentils, provides you with a good fiber boost. The lentils also contain protein, and peripheral ingredients like peas, shallots, and green onions make this soup a strong contender for your go-to detox recipe. Potage is a french word meaning thick soup, so don’t let it throw you off.
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