Most of us start out the New Year with the best of intentions. We want to live better. Get more sleep. Stress less. Get more exercise and eat right. Sort of wiping the slate clean from the year before and starting a new. Whether or not you stick to none, a few or all of these resolutions, mantras or promises you make with that little internal voice that keeps you awake at night, is up to you… but if you want to at least attempt to start off on the right foot, try this detox soup.
If you’re starting that new diet this year… want to just drop a few of the pounds that you’ve gained over the holidays…or want to be overall healthy, you is gonna dig this soup!
You’re literally going to flush out the toxins of 2012 and move into the fiber of 2013!
2 Leeks Chopped (use only the white part)
3 Carrots Peeled & Diced
1 Cup Fresh Kale Chopped
1 Cup Fresh Spinach Roughly Chopped
Handful of Parsley Chopped
2 Medium Potatoes Peeled & Diced
4 Cups of Vegetable Stock (Low Sodium)
2 Cloves of Garlic
1 Inch Slice of Fresh Ginger
½ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil or Avocado Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Juice of ½ a Lemon
In a large pot, sauté the leek, carrots, & garlic in the oil. Allow to cook for about 2-3 minutes on medium heat until it sweats a bit. Add remaining ingredients and pour enough vegetable broth over it just to cover the veggies.
Allow to cook on a medium high simmer for about 25-30 minutes. Transfer soup to a blender (might have to do it in batches) and it should be a nice thick & smooth consistency.
If you really want to add a bit more “cleanse” to it… throw in some flax oil or chia seeds!
You wanna know why this is good for you?
Leeks are my giant onions on crack that are full of so many good things! Theysupply plenty of potassium, some folic acid, beta-carotene (in the green stems) and vitamin C. They help to reduce cholesterol levels and may offer some protection against cancer. Leeks also assist the body to dispose of uric acid (the bad stuff from 2012) and so are beneficial to those who suffer from arithitis.
The allicin (that’s a fancy word for the good stuff in garlic) in raw, crushed garlic has been shown to kill 23 types of bacteria, including salmonella and staphylococcus. BOOM! Take that!! Heated garlic gives off another compound, diallyldisulphide-oxide, which has been shown to lower serum cholesterol by preventing clotting in the arteries. Vitamins in garlic, such as A, B, and C, stimulate the body to fight carcinogens and get rid of toxins, and may even aid in preventing certain types of cancer, such as stomach cancer. Garlic’s sulfur compounds can regulate blood sugar metabolism, stimulate and detoxify the liver, and stimulate the blood circulation and the nervous system.
Carrots don’t just give you orange palms of your hands if you eat too many of them… and yes, you’ll have vision as incredible as Super Man… but thy are actually considered a vessel for Vitamin A. Apart from that it is also rich with Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6
Spinach & Kale:
These are considered to be a highly nutritious vegetable with powerful antioxidant properties and is anti-inflammatory. It is high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin and rich in calcium.
They’re absolutely fantastic when it comes to thickening up the soup, but did you know that chia seeds helps you feel full more quickly and therefore eat less food in general. They are also an excellent source of protein and omega-3s.