When detoxing in wintertime it can be harsh to only drink juices and eat salads. Reach for a warm bowl of detox vegetable soup that will fill the body with warm fluids flavored with vegetables that help clean your body from toxic free radicals.
After the holidays, I always try to give my body some rest from all the sugar and heavy meals and give it love with healthy detox foods. What I love the most about this soup is that it’s made from leftovers. We had cabbages left from the detox buddha bowl that I made earlier this week, there were carrots, celery, and mushrooms in my fridge. We always have onions, potatoes, and ginger at home, and there you go enough ingredients for a hearty detox soup.
Making soup is a good way to eliminate waste and to fill your body with healthy ingredients. You could make this soup with any other vegetables you have left. For example, cauliflower, broccoli, or sweet potato. If you have shiitake mushrooms left even better. Shiitakes are one of the most powerful mushrooms and eating them daily improves human immunity, a study says.
Detoxing health benefits
This soup is a full on detox for the body because of the properties of the following ingredients:
Ginger is your friend if you drink too much or eat lots of heavy fatty foods. It helps for digesting and reduces bloating and gas. It’s a superfood for the stomach and can even help you from nausea. It’s rich in antioxidants and will boost your immunity.
In this soup, we added two onions, but not only to add flavor. Onions have sulfur-containing amino acids, which help in detoxing your liver.
Cabbage contains sulforaphane, just like broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. This chemical helps the body to fight against toxins. Cabbage also contains glutathione, an antioxidant that has detoxifying properties.
Like cabbage, also mushrooms contain glutathione. This is an antioxidant molecule found in almost every cell in our body. The shiitake mushrooms, for example, have been used traditionally for liver detoxifying.
Although confirming the health benefits of celery still needs more research, some studies have shown celery helps to reduce fat build-up in the liver. Celery contains nutritions that protect the liver and help the liver to produce enzymes that help flush fat and toxins out.
I add this spice almost to all my foods. It helps boost liver function and has a cleansing function because it’s accelerating the elimination of toxins and other waste that were built up in our body. Turmeric can help you detox daily by adding it for example to your tea in the morning to clean your stomach.
Cayenne has properties that help the body stimulate blood circulation and eliminate acidity. It regulates blood sugar and supports the digestive system in removing bacteria and toxins from the body.
Detox Vegetable Soup
- ¼ cabbage
- 2 cm ginger grated or more if you like
- 1 potato
- 2 large carrots
- 3 celery stems
- 2 onions
- 1½ liter vegetabel broth also chicken broth goes well with this soup
- parsley or any herbs you like
- soy sauce to season if you like, it isn't a must
- bay leaves
- squeeze of half a lemon
- Chop the onions, but not too fine. Bring some olive oil to a heat in a large soup pot and add the onions. Let the flavors open up a little before you add the vegetables.
- Cut the carrots, celery, potatoes and mushrooms in any size you want. Cut the cabbage in bite size pieces.
- Add the vegetables to the soup pot, but wait with the mushrooms ( they are quickly cooked compared to the other vegetables so we add them a bit later).
- Crush the ginger (you can do this with a garlic press) above the pot and mix it up with the vegetables. Add a bit of curcuma and cayenne. Mix it all up and let the spices infuse with the flavors of the vegetables. Add the mushrooms. If you wish you can add a bit of soy sauce, if you prefer your soup more neutral leave it.
- Add 3 bay leaves and pour the vegetable(or chicken) broth. Add a squeeze of half a lemon and mix all the vegetables and let it cook for about 30 minutes covered with a lid.
- Before serving ad chopped herbs, like parsley, coriander or chives.