Soup’s On: A Warmer Way to Detox

After three months of parties, the detox season has officially begun. If you’re like millions of other health-conscious folks, you may be considering a cleanse to reset your digestive system, improve skin health and drop a few holiday pounds. But if the thought of swearing off anything remotely tasty and ingesting only cold juice for the next five days sends you running to the corner pizzeria in a panic, consider another option: the soup cleanse.

Detox soups have all the same benefits as juice, but are a great alternative for wintertime: they’re comforting, filling, easy to digest and vegetable-based, so naturally lower in sugar and higher in fiber than their juicy brethren. Here are three of our favorite recipes. You can cook up large pots of each and have 3 meal options on hand to eat for how ever many days you choose to cleanse: 3, 5 or 7. They’re so satisfying and filling you’ll probably be able to cleanse longer (and feel better) than you would on a juice-only program.

Spicy Borscht

1 bunch fresh beets

2-3 cups organic vegetable stock

½ cup Greek yogurt (optional)

2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced

Salt and pepper to taste

This yummy soup harnesses the detoxifying power of the beet (aka Your Liver’s Best Friend). To prepare, boil the beets until tender, slide the peel off and discard, transfer beets to a food processor and start to blend, adding vegetable stock as you go. Once the desired consistency is achieved, transfer the mixture back to a pot and add Greek yogurt (optional), ginger, cayenne, salt and pepper, then let simmer on low for 15 minutes while flavors marry. (Note: nix the yogurt if you’re going vegan).

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

3 cups organic vegetable stock

3 cups cauliflower

1 cup butternut squash

1/4 cup parsley

2 thyme springs

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon fennel seeds

1 teaspoon cayenne
Salt and pepper to taste

This comforting soup delivers a concentrated caulifloral boost to your insides, packed with iron and essential vitamins. To prepare, add cauliflower, squash and seasoning to simmering broth and cook until all the ingredients are tender and delicious. Then, transfer to your food processor and blend until smooth. Garnish with parsley and enjoy.

Miso Broth

1 package of dried seaweed

8 cups water

3 large carrots, chopped

3 tablespoons white miso

1 onion, chopped

1-inch piece of ginger

Salt and pepper to taste

Miso is filled with vitamins B, K, E, calcium and iron, while seaweed is a rare natural source of iodine which is vital for healthy thyroid function. To prepare, simply boil all of the ingredients together, except for miso, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. To finish, stir in the miso and let simmer for another 5 minutes, then serve.

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