Detoxing is a pretty popular buzz word that actually just means "cleansing the body." Although I am not advocating detox diets or drinking virtually next to nothing in order to cleanse, I think there is something to eating less every now and again, which can include starting a meal with say, a soup. Like tea, this detox soup can be enjoyed every day before meals or as a light snack that can fill the body up, while providing essential nutrients. And after the non-stop holiday eating season that sounds just perfect right about now. Here's how to make a tasty and quick detox soup:
Detox Soup - Seriously SoupyDetox Soup
2 cups of water
1 apple (I used gala)
5-6 baby carrots, cut up
2 fresh basil leaves
1 piece of ginger, shaved of its skin and cut into squares
1 tablespoon of lemon juice (I would prefer to use a fresh lemon, but this is what I had)
drizzle of honey, optional
* I made a smaller batch of soup, since this is what I had on hand. This made one cup of soup, but I would triple the ingredients if I was making my normal six servings recipes.
Pour water in a pot and let boil. Cut up an apple, removing the skin and place in the pot. Add the carrots, ginger, lemon ,and basil and cover. Cook for 15 minutes, blend with a hand mixer and top with honey (optional).
Pretty simple and easy. For next time I would opt to use mint instead of basil (I had basil in the house, so it seemed like an interesting choice) and maybe a little less ginger.You can also vary up the recipe by using other "cleansing" fruits, such as using pineapples, mangoes, or papaya to create a tropical variation of the soup.
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