Cleanse Day 1: Detox Vegetable Soup

Hello 2016. I knew it was inevitable. It’s CLEANSE TIME. After enjoying ourselves (maybe too much?!?!) over the holidays, our entire Wadley household has embarked on a 21-day cleanse. We are looking forward to having more energy and getting back to healthy habits. Had a few crazy recipes there for a while…but I’m hoping to finally get this blog back to it’s intended purpose: a healthified recipe source!

Rules of our cleanse: No dairy, no wheat, no processed food, no meats, no added sugars, no coffee 😦

Cleanse Day 1

Breakfast: 1 bowl of steel cut oats with cinnamon and one chopped clementine.

Lunch: Chris Wark’s Anti-Cancer Coconut Smoothie (http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/the-anti-cancer-smoothie/). For the coconuts, The Mr. and I made a special trip to the Asian market in Birmingham, where I was reunited with my people!!! Just kidding 😉 But truly, Asian markets are usually awesome for special types of produce (though it’s really hard to find organic options) at affordable prices. We got a 9 pack of coconuts for $16 (usually they are $2 or more each, so decent deal, but we want to try haggling next time!). We did 1 cup of frozen berries, 2 bananas, and 1 coconut and split it between the two of us.

Snack: 1 cup of fresh carrot juice (juicing is so much fun!).

Dinner: 1 bowl of Detox Vegetable Soup (http://drcolbert.com/detox-vegetable-soup/). This soup was wonderful, and I’m happy we have plenty of leftovers (I doubled the recipe). Since we had a TON of carrot pulp left over from juicing this afternoon, I added about a cup of it to this soup and it thickened it up nicely, giving it almost a chili-like appearance. Very filling, and bursting with nutrients!

Detox Vegetable Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups green beans, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups of kale, stemmed and chopped
  • 2 T fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat up a large pot over med-high heat and add olive oil.
  2. Throw in onion, carrot and celery and cook for 3-5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  3. Add in garlic and bell pepper and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add in green beans and cook for another minute.
  5. Top with diced tomatoes, vegetable stock and spices and give it a stir.
  6. Bring to a boil and then let simmer, uncovered over med-low heat for 25 minutes (this is where I added the carrot pulp).
  7. Add in kale and cook for 5 more minutes (it will wilt).
  8. Top with fresh parsley and serve warm.

We also added a cap-full of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar and some avocado after dishing up. Already feeling like I’ve got better energy and I really wasn’t as hungry today as I would have expected. I’m currently trying to down a huge glass of water because I don’t think I’ve had nearly enough today to amplify the detox effects. Here’s to the next 20 days!

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5 thoughts on “Cleanse Day 1: Detox Vegetable Soup

    1. I know they make products that help with opening and scraping coconuts, but my husband just cracked into it with a large knife and possibly a gardening tool (we cleaned it first!) he found around the house. Once we poured the coconut water out, we were able to just scrape the pulp out from the inside. The young coconuts will have soft “meat” that is easy to scrape out, and I believe it hardens as they mature. So yummy!

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