I’m living proof that, over the colder months, you can still achieve weight loss and muscle preservation. Who says you can’t eat a comforting meal and still get the body you want? More importantly, the spring panic can be avoided by maintaining a nutritious and consistent winter diet. This hearty Detox Soup from my Winter Glow Cleanse is not only low in calories, but helps detox the system. I’m talking about keeping your engine running smoothly, taking it back to basics and pulling macros from real whole foods. It’s really nothing fancy, just food that works!
Flush out toxins thanks to all the greens, turmeric and ginger. Garlic and cayenne pepper will hike up your metabolism on cold days, while the vit C from tomatoes will reinforce your immune system.
1/2 red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 celery stalks, diced
3 medium carrots, diced
1 small head of broccoli, florets
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste (optional)
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
6 cups water (or 4 cups vegetable soup & 2 cups water)
2 cups kale, de-stemmed and torn into pieces
1 cup purple cabbage, chopped
Juice of 1/2 small lemon (or a whole lemon, depending on how much lemon flavour you prefer)
In a large pot, add the water and set the heat to medium-high. Once hot, add the onion and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the celery, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes and fresh ginger. Stir and cook for 3 minutes, adding extra water or stock as needed. Stir in the turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper, and add salt and pepper to taste. Add in the water or vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Add the kale, cabbage and lemon juice in the last 2-3 minutes of simmering.