Healthy Detox Soup

Happy New Year!  Hoping you had a great holiday season.  We are back home (finally) and getting into the swing of the new year.  Boy, does it feel good.  While 2012 was a good year, I am excited to start fresh!  I have been spending the past couple days wrapping up loose 2012 ends, clearing my desk to make room for new tasks, cleaning out the studio space to begin shooting some new things and making a big pot of Healthy Detox Soup!  I am happy.

Detox Soup

Every new year we talk about our goals.  I am completely behind on setting any, as of yet;  but, Lenny is great at it.  He has a whole slew of them.  I admire him for that.  I feel like a lazy lump.  We did talk about how we really need to get fit this year.  We feel that being over our 40s puts us at a bigger disadvantage.  I feel like with 46 years itching up on me, I really need to get into better shape.  And it is harder for both of us;  going thru menopause (already) makes it a huge struggle, and Lenny finds it is tough to get that “climber’s body” back being mid-40.

We have both tried some of the “fad” diets but the pounds alway creep back, and at times even harder.  We are not big dieters as we feel there is a better way of doing it.  Instead we eat good food (healthy, not processed) in moderation, are accountable for what we shove into our mouths and we move our asses.  Then the pounds do come off.  That being said the holiday put us into sloth mode – so ashamed!  We just got Fitbits and an Aria Scale, both have been a great tool, to push ourselves to move a little bit more.  Maybe it is the competitive part that pushes or maybe being accountable in a sort of public way.  Either way, it has been fun.  Are you Fitbiting?  Or as Lenny likes to say “fitbitching”?

To jump start the “eating right” part of our “healthy” living we have been doing a detox after the holidays.  I have been doing it for 15+ years.  Even before Lenny, I use to do it with my coworkers.  Now, for us it is a great way to rid our bodies of over indulgence.  By detoxing, I mean that we cut out sugars, wheat, meat and alcohol for two weeks (great read on that).  We use to do it for a month, but it made me insane.  It is pretty simple to follow and we feel great at the end of two weeks.  I simply make a big pot of detox soup and we eat it for lunch and dinner.  Detox soup is low in fat as I do not use any oils, instead it if full of fresh vegetables that are loaded with all sorts of great vitamins that happen to be good for us.  For breakfast we normally eat fruit such as apples.  This year I am adding quinoa with apples as I crave protein after spin class.  We drink lots of water and green tea all day.  And we move!!!

I have been using the same recipe forever.  This year I decided to change it up a bit, by adding more of this and that.  As well, I have received a few different suggestions from readers, so I took their suggestions and tried it out.  The original recipe is good, but the new version is really good as it is bursting with even more flavor!!  A side note, one of our readers said she makes it in a slow cooker and that it comes out really well.

Serving:  We have a 1 – 1/2 cups for lunch and for dinner for 2 weeks.  This recipe will last a couple days (when two people are sharing).  I add about 1/2 cup water every time I reheat it.  As well I may toss in my chopped kale to add more texture.  When I run out, I just make a fresh batch.  

**  Health Benefits of the veggies used in this soup:

Leeks: supply plenty of potassium, some folic acid, beta-carotene (in the green stems) and vitamin C. Although less beneficial than onions, leeks may help to reduce cholesterol levels and may offer some protection against cancer. Leeks also assist the body to dispose of uric acid and so are beneficial to those who suffer from arthritis.

Garlic: The allicin in raw, crushed garlic has been shown to kill 23 types of bacteria, including salmonella and staphylococcus. Heated garlic gives off another compound, diallyldisulphide-oxide, which has been shown to lower serum cholesterol by preventing clotting in the arteries. Vitamins in garlic, such as A, B, and C, stimulate the body to fight carcinogens and get rid of toxins, and may even aid in preventing certain types of cancer, such as stomach cancer. Garlic’s sulfur compounds can regulate blood sugar metabolism, stimulate and detoxify the liver, and stimulate the blood circulation and the nervous system.

Carrots: Carrots are actually considered a vessel for Vitamin A. It has a large amount of Vitamin A.  Apart from that it is also rich with Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K and many more.

Celery: This veggie provides an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber.  It is a very good source of folic acid, potassium, and vitamins B1 and B6.  Celery also offers a good source of vitamin B2 and calcium.  Even though celery contains more sodium than most other vegetables, the sodium is offset by it’s high levels of potassium.   Celery contains phytochemical  compounds known as coumarins.  Studies have shown that they are effective in cancer prevention and capable of enhancing the activity of certain white blood cells.  Coumarin compounds also lower blood pressure, tone the vascular system, and are possibly effective when used in cases of migraines.  Due to the high levels of potassium and sodium, when celery-based juices are consumed after a workout they serve as great electrolyte replacement drinks.  Studies have also shown that celery may help to lower cholesterol and prevent cancer by improving detoxification.

Rutabagas: This peculiar veggie is a good source of vitamin C, folate and fiber.

Tomato: They are rich in vitamin C and contain appreciable amounts of vitamins A and B, potassium, iron and phosphorus.  A medium tomato has about as much fiber as a slice of whole-wheat bread and only about 35 calories.

Pinto Beans: These beans are a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals. One cup of pinto beans provides one quarter of the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance of protein for adults. Supplementing the protein of pinto beans with a little meat, dairy products, rice or corn will provide all the essential amino acids. Because beans contain soluble fiber, they can lower blood cholesterol. Pinto beans are a good source of energy and the B vitamins-thiamin, riboflavin and niacin-which are necessary for growth and tissue building. Minerals found in pinto beans include calcium, phosphorus, potassium and iron, all essential to good health. One-half cup of cooked pinto beans furnishes 118 calories.  Beans are good for low-sodium diets as they contain only the salt added by the cook.

Kale: This is considered to be a highly nutritious vegetable with powerful antioxidant properties and is anti-inflammatory.   It is high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin and rich in calcium.

Maldon Salt: Salt is essential for life and an important component in the human diet. Sodium is a nutrient that the body cannot manufacture but which is required for life itself. Sodium is easily absorbed and is active in the absorption of other nutrients in the small intestine. It helps regulate water balance, pH, and is important in nerve conduction.

Black Pepper: Black pepper stimulates the taste buds in such a way that an alert is sent to to the stomach to increase hydrochloric acid secretion, thereby improving digestion. Hydrochloric acid is necessary for the digestion of proteins and other food components in the stomach. When the body’s production of hydrochloric acid is insufficient, food may sit in the stomach for an extended period of time, leading to heartburn or indigestion.Black pepper has demonstrated impressive antioxidant and antibacterial effects–yet another way in which this wonderful seasoning promotes the health of the digestive tract. And not only does black pepper help you derive the most benefit from your food, the outer layer of the peppercorn stimulates the breakdown of fat cells, keeping you slim while giving you energy to burn.

Serrano Peppers:  These little peppers not only pack heat;  but, they are loaded with Vitamin C.  Whenever we feel a cold coming on we enjoy a big bowl of spicy soup!  These little guys also help kick up your Vitamin A, which is essential for great skin and eyesight.

Zucchini:  This summer squash is rich in vitamin A and C, as well as potassium.  It helps promote a healthy heart, lungs and eyes.  It is also said to help your respiratory system.

Lemon:  Besides being a good source of Vitamin C, lemons have strong antibacterial, antiviral and are immune boosting.  They are also said to aid in weight loss as their juice is a digestive aid and liver cleaner.


Detox Soup



  1. But how’s the taste? I think I could get on board with this if only for the health benefits! I’m not big on detox or dieting, just try to eat extra veggies and mostly healthy meats… good luck!

  2. Anna – it is really good. Rich, slightly spicy, bursting with flavor. Plus, we feel so good afterwards!!

  3. I can’t believe you eat the same thing for two whole weeks! I do a two-week “cleanse” as well, but I’m not super strict about it. Still, like you said, just being mindful of what goes in is great – and I have so much energy at the end of it!

  4. HI Katie,

    We know, it is kinda crazy; but, we do it. When we did it for a month, we’d be totally bored, that is why we switched to 2 weeks!!

  5. First, as you know I am exactly the same age as Lenny and we are NOT in our mid-40’s. We are barely into our 40’s, as I like to say. :) Second, I admire your discipline – I could not cut those things out and I could not eat the same thing for 2 weeks although I know I should. Third, where are you doing spin? I’d be happy to work out with you some time – even a walk around the lake?

  6. Yes, you and Lenny may not be in your mid 40’s … but, I am over the hump this year!! I am spinning at Ironworks (climbing gym), the class is at 630am. I use to belong to a spin gym in Noe, but have not found anything of the such over here.

  7. Making this with mild variations based on what’s in my fridge and what looks good at the store. On our second pot…husband is dismayed with lack of fat…I’ve lost two pounds. Guess who’s going to keep making the soup!

  8. Carolsiphone says:

    Omg I made this just now and ate some… It’s so good!!! I substituted the pinto beans for cannellinni (spelling) beans but made half the batch just in case I didn’t like it… Well I won’t be eating it for 2 weeks straight but I’m defiantly making more for my kids, hubby and parents! Thank you so much for posting this… Any other recipes I could try?

  9. Kristen says:

    This was my version! Yummy!

    Detox Soup
    (if you can afford all organic ingredients, even better!)

    1 Large Yellow Onion, chopped
    1-2 Large Zucchini, roughly chopped
    2 Large Leeks, chopped
    5-6 Carrots, roughly chopped
    5-6 Stalks of Celery, roughly chopped
    1 Large Jalapeño, remove half the seeds, chopped
    2 Large Serrano Peppers, remove the seeds from 1 pepper, chopped
    1 can of Great Northern Beans
    1 can of Pinto Beans
    1 can of Red Kidney Beans
    2 Bunches of Kale, cut in thin strips
    3 32-oz Boxes of Low Sodium Chicken Broth
    Juice of 1 Lemon
    3-4 Roma Tomatoes, chopped
    Garlic Paste/Garlic Cloves/Minced Garlic (your choice)
    Salt & Pepper
    Bay Leaves
    Lemon Thyme
    Whole Wheat Pasta (I used Cavatappi)

    Clean all your veggies, chop them all up roughly.

    Heat a large pot on the stove, add your carrots, celery, onion, leeks, and peppers; keep stirring as to not burn them. The goal here is to get everything to sweat and to start cooking. After at least 5 mins, stir in your seasonings (start with at least 1-2 tsp of each, you can always add more to taste), add your chicken broth and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, let simmer about 10-15 mins then add in the tomatoes, zucchini, an entire can of kidney beans and pinto beans, juice and all, drain the great northern beans and add them. Add the kale. Stir it up and let it simmer until everything is cooked. If it looks short of liquid you can always fill one or two of the bean cans with water and add them in.

    While the soup is cooking prep the pasta al dente and set aside.

    Serve with with or without pasta; if you have pasta put a small amount in each serving.

  10. Right on! Thanks for the health breakdown, I’m prepping myself for the holiday season around the corner ;)

  11. Natalia says:

    I am a big Soup fan!, I made this soup yesturday… But I feel like it has no flavor! Is there anything you added more to put a little flavor in it? Other then that its extremely filling! :)


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