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Cleansing Detox Soup

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Cleansing Detox Soup


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There’s nothing better than curling up with a comforting bowl of hot soup after a long, frigid wintry day the new year is in full swing everyone is back to work after the holiday fun, and it’s game time.
Because the arctic like conditions have arrived here in Chicago fully making themselves known it’s time to take care of our bodies with proper immune boosting nourishment unless of course you live in a warm place then please send us some of your warm air. 



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This oil free Cleansing Detox Soup is packed with all the good stuff and by good stuff I mean immune boosting natural remedies like fresh lemon juice, fresh zingy ginger, balancing cinnamon, bright turmeric and a touch of spicy cayenne. Detoxifying vegetables and leafy greens like kale, broccoli, celery and carrots will cleanse nourish and make you feel whole I carefully chose each ingredient based on it’s healing properties and am sticking to oil free recipes all of January. You especially want to avoid cooking with oils in a cleansing and detoxifying recipe to allow the detoxification process to properly take place. 

Lemon:


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Lemon is everything if you have been reading my blog for a while, then you may have noticed that I drink 32 ounces of warm water with the fresh juice from 1/2 of a lemon every day, before anything else. I cannot skip this step it makes me feel normal and wakes up my digestive system. Lemon has amazing cleansing properties and provides a burst of Vitamin C while supporting the detoxification process adding lemon juice to your soup will help to keep your immune system strong while bringing lightness and flavor.

Ginger:


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Fresh ginger is so essential. So healing. So digestion friendly with it’s natural cold fighting properties, you can battle off congestion, flu and nausea while boosting your immunity not only do I add ginger to all the soups I prepare but I add a huge chunk to our daily green juice in salad dressings and in hot tea ground ginger is okay, if you don’t have fresh ginger on hand, although fresh is best.

Turmeric:


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This is a spice that I have grown to love due to its skin-loving properties aids in a healthy glow antiseptic anti bacterial and anti inflammatory wonders it comes from a root similar to ginger is high in antioxidants and adds a beautiful bright golden color to any dish again fresh turmeric is best but ground turmeric is okay too.

Cinnamon:


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So wonderful in this cleansing soup not all cinnamon is the same which I recently found out saigon cinnamon vs. regular cinnamon has a distinct flavor boldly delicious scent and aids in balancing blood sugar levels while stimulating digestion it’s also a natural sweetener add saigon cinnamon to your smoothie , granola, oatmeal,coffee baked goods and even soup. 

Cayenne Pepper:


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I add the tiniest bit of cayenne to many dishes while it’s optional I really love the dose of heat and flavor from cayenne because I don’t have to add as much salt when there is enough spiciness not a ton of spiciness, just enough for noticeable flavor cayenne pepper is known to rev up your metabolism and helps with congestion. 

Since this Cleansing Detox Soup doesn’t have rice, noodles beans or legumes of any sort it’s easily digestible for everyone due to the soft vegetables but if you want to add extra plant protein like tofu, lentils, chickpeas wild rice or noodles feel free you will adore this cure all soup I keep coming back to it because it makes me feel warm wholesome and healthy.

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A warming and cleansing detox soup, meant to make you feel good from the inside out!

ingredients


  • 1/4 cup water or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 of a red onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 celery stalks diced
  • 3 medium carrots diced
  • 1 small head of broccoli florets
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric I used powdered
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste [optional]
  • fine-grain sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups water [or 4 cups vegetable broth + 2 cups water]
  • 2 cups kale, de-stemmed and torn in pieces
  • 1 cup purple cabbage chopped
  • juice from 1/2 of a small lemon or a whole lemon depending how much lemon flavor you prefer

Instructions


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  • In a large pot, add the water and turn on the heat to medium-high After it’s hot, add the onion and garlic. 
  • Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Add the celery, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes and fresh ginger. 
  • Stir and cook for 3 minutes, adding in extra water or broth as needed [another 1/4 cup]. 
  • Stir in the turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper plus salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add in the water or vegetable broth and bring to a boil. 
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are soft. 
  • Add in the kale cabbage and lemon juice near the last 2-3 minutes of simmering.

Notes


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This cleansing recipe is oil free because avoiding the use of oil during a cleansing meal is important for the detoxification process and you won’t miss the oil at all due to all the flavor but if you feel like cooking with oil, use a minimal amount – 1 tablespoon or less.
Leftovers stay well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts


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  • Serving Size 1 bowl
  • Serves 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories 114
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat 0.8g 1%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 955.3mg 40%
  • Total Carbohydrate 27.4g 9%
  • Sugars 12.7g
  • Protein 3.3g 7%
  • Vitamin A59%Vitamin C130%
Nutrition: Serving Size: 6

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