Give your digestive system a deep cleanse with this delicious and easy Vegetable Detox Soup. It’s packed with both flavor and nutrition! Your body will thank you!
Detox Vegetable Soup
I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions, however, after all those big holiday meals I am READY to eat more healthy vegetables again!
This yummy vegetable soup recipe is easy to make, plus it is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrition that my body is craving after all those Christmas sweets.
If you’re looking to start your new year off on the right foot with something tasty and healthy, you can’t go wrong with this delicious detox soup. It will help flush your system and perhaps even help you lose a few pounds too! Count me in!!
What Are The Benefits To Detox Soup?
There are a number of ways to enjoy detox soup and reap the benefits of this nutrient dense food:
- As a part of a “soup cleanse”
- To add more vegetables to your regular diet
- As a meal substitute to aid in weight loss
- To enjoy a bowl of warm comfort food on a cold day
Is Soup a Good Way to Lose Weight?
A few years back, juicing was all the rage as a way to lose weight quickly. However, as you can imagine, consuming only juice for an extended period of time is not for everyone and may not provide enough nutrition.
A “soup cleanse” is a healthier alternative because soups provide more sustenance. In fact, the New York Times recently stated that “souping is the new juicing.”
The reasoning is that soups are easy to digest, yet still provide the body with vital nutrients. Because most soups are relatively low in calories, you can eat as many bowls as you want.
This particular detox soup recipe that I am sharing is vegetarian, but on a soup cleanse you can also enjoy recipes that include protein, such as chicken soup. You don’t have to do a cabbage soup diet to get all the perks of a soup cleanse!
Proponents of soup cleanses say that this allows the body’s metabolism to reset and helps to shed pounds both during and after the cleanse. It may also help heal your gut by giving your body easily digested meals.
However, anytime you are thinking about doing a fast or cleanse, you should consult a medical professional. Every body reacts differently and a fast or cleanse may not be considered safe for certain conditions.
That being said, you don’t have to go all-in on a soup cleanse to enjoy the benefits of this delicious and nutritious detox soup! It makes the perfect addition to many different eating plans: gluten-free, dairy-free, keto and low carb, vegan, and vegetarian, just to name a few. Or if you’re simply looking for an easy vegetable soup recipe, this one is a winner!
Detox Soup Ingredients
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- 1 TB olive oil
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 cup cauliflower florets
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- Pinch of shredded carrots
- 3 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons ginger paste
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground thyme
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 10 oz. diced tomatoes
- Juice of half of a lemon
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 3 cups chopped kale
Kitchen Tools Used
- Dutch Oven or Large Saucepan
- Add olive oil to a large pot over medium to medium-high heat. Stir the broccoli, cauliflower, onions, celery, and carrots into the oil in the pot. Sauté until the vegetables just begin to soften.
- Mix in the garlic, ginger paste, turmeric, ground thyme, and a pinch of salt and pepper (or as much as you like). Pour in the diced tomatoes and veggie broth. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and stir until everything is well mixed.
- Cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Do not boil.
- Mix in the kale, and simmer just until wilted.
- We used vegetable broth so this would be a vegan and vegetarian recipe. However, you can alternatively use chicken broth as the soup base, if you prefer.
- Want to kick up the heat and add a little spicy flavor? Add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes!
- This is an easy recipe, but you will need to allow yourself time for the veggies to cook down and soften. I’d plan on 20 minutes of prep time and about an hour of cook time.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does Soup Last in the Fridge?
Homemade soup will stay good for up to 3-4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If you would like to keep it longer than that, you can freeze for up to 2-3 months in a freezer safe container or bag. Be sure to label so you know when you made it!
How Do You Thaw Out Frozen Soup?
If you froze your soup, you may be wondering what is the best way to thaw it out so that it still tastes fresh.
For best results, plan ahead and bring the soup container down from the freezer to defrost in the refrigerator overnight. Then you slowly warm the soup in a saucepan on the stovetop.
Can I Add Protein To My Soup?
Each serving of this soup contains about 5 grams of protein, which is surprising for a vegetable based dish! However, if you would like to add more protein, you can always add your favorite type of meat. I recommend using either chicken or beef.
What Is The Best Soup For Weight Loss?
Anytime that you’re eating a bowl of vegetable soup instead of a high-calorie meal or fast food, you’re going to come out ahead. Even meat-based soups such as chicken noodle soup or beef stew are much healthier than greasy fries and a burger.
Weight loss will vary based on so many factors: what else you’re eating, how active you are, and your own metabolism. Outside factors such as stress and lack of sleep can also affect your body’s ability to lose weight.
When choose a soup recipe, my number one consideration is taste. No matter what, I want my food to taste good! Then I look for how much nutrition a recipe has to offer, and this one is filled with healthy veggies!
I am no medical expert, but I think that the more your fill you body with good stuff, there will be less room for the not-so-good stuff. And that’s the first step to feeling better and losing weight.
More Soup Recipes To Try
- Thai Corn Chowder
- Zesty Buffalo Chicken Soup
- Meal Prep Freezer Chicken Soup
- Immunity Boosting Chicken Miso Soup
- Greek Lentil Soup
- Portuguese Sausage and Kale Soup
- Tom Kha Soup
- Stovetop Beef Stew
- Potato Corn Chowder with Bacon
Detox Soup Recipe (Printable Recipe Card)
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Vegetable Detox Soup
- Dutch oven pot
- 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
- 2 cups Broccoli florets
- 1 cup Cauliflower florets
- 1/2 Onion chopped
- 1/2 cup Celery chopped
- 1 TB Shredded carrots
- 3 tsp. Minced garlic
- 2 tsp. Ginger paste
- 1 tsp. Turmeric
- 1 tsp. Ground thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 10 oz. Tomatoes diced
- Juice from half of a lemon
- 4 cups Vegetable broth
- 3 cups Chopped kale
- Add the oil to a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir the broccoli, cauliflower, onions, celery, and carrots into the oil in the pot. Saute until the vegetables are beginning to soften.
- Mix in the garlic, ginger paste, turmeric, ground thyme, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour in the diced tomatoes and veggie broth. Stir to combine.
- Cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until the vegetables are softened.
- Mix in the kale, and simmer until wilted.
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Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and this post is not intended to be medical advice. I’m simply sharing a yummy and healthy recipe that I like. If you’re trying to lose weight or considering a soup cleanse, please consult your physician or nutritionist for advice first.