Detox Fast With This Clever One-Day Souping Cleanse

Amy Lawrenson
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Juice cleanses in January never seemed like a good idea. It’s far too cold for that. Don’t get us wrong, we love a good green smoothie, but the thought of living off a chilled liquid diet at this time of year sends us running for our duvets and that leftover Terry’s Chocolate Orange.

This year, why not try souping instead? Thanks to our recent love affair with bone broth, soup is no longer something poured from a can when we’re feeling under the weather or for slurping when our bank balances leave something to be desired. Souping is a great way to surpass your five-a-day quota; fill up on an array of nutrients and even drop a pound or two. We asked the chefs at Grace Belgravia—London’s private member health club—to create a day’s worth of recipes exclusively for you. These three healthy soup recipes will aid with liver detoxification, are anti-inflammatory, and will even help to calm blemished skin.

Keep scrolling for the ingredients you need, helpful recipes and the health benefits of this winter cleanse. Happy souping!

Grace's Minestrone Soup

Grace Nutrition & Wellbeing Experts Say:

The Grace Minestrone soup is rich in cruciferous vegetables such as sweet potato and broccoli, which are high in vitamin C and highly effective in aiding with liver detoxification. It also contains wheat grass powder; a highly alkalizing superfood due to its high content of the alkalizing pigment chlorophyll, as well as minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc.

Increasing your consumption of dark, leafy greens and alkalizing ingredients is the fast track to brighter, healthier looking skin and nails and increased energy levels.

Ingredients:

1 Carrot

1 Onion

1/2 Leek

100g Broccoli

50g Sweet potato

1 Courgette

50g Baby spinach

50g Green peas

Salt, pepper, thyme

1 tbsp. Rapeseed oil

1 tbsp. Wheatgrass powder

Directions:

1. Chop vegetables into small pieces.

2. Heat oil in a large pan, add the onion and thyme and sweat for five minutes.

3. Add remaining vegetables, and then cook over high heat for 10 minutes until softened.

4. Turn down heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.

5. Add seasoning, and then cook for a further 10 minutes. Finally, add the wheatgrass powder and serve.

Hand Blender

Kenwood kMix Hand Blender (£70)

Super Green Soup

Grace Nutrition & Wellbeing Experts Say:

This super-green recipe is designed to flood our body with vital electrolytes, which play a key role in the functioning of our organs, as well as keeping our bodily fluids balanced and hydrated. A lack of electrolytes can lead to muscle cramping, delayed muscle soreness after exercising, and can also contribute to headaches. High levels of electrolytes are found in mung beans, celery, spinach and spirulina.

The spirulina also provides the body with a great boost of iron, helping your body to carry oxygen to the muscles and brain more efficiently, which is crucial for both mental and physical performance. Furthermore, spirulina is the richest source of natural antioxidants of any whole food source. Antioxidants protect your skin’s appearance and reduce the signs of ageing by decreasing the production of highly damaging free radicals.

Ingredients:

2 Shallots

1 Celery

1 Garlic

Thyme

2 Bay leaves

500g Broccoli

100g Spinach

1 tbsp. Rapeseed oil

1tbsp. Spirulina powder

Salt, pepper

Mung beans and alfalfa to garnish

Directions:

1. Heat oil in a saucepan and sweat shallots, garlic, celery and herbs for 1 to 2 minutes.

2. Pour water into the pan and add broccoli florets.

3. Bring to the boil, and then reduce heat and simmer gently for 10 to 12 minutes, until broccoli is tender.

4. Season with salt and pepper, add spinach and spirulina powder and then transfer to a liquidiser.

5. Blend until smooth and serve.

Flask

Posh Totty Design Interiors Metro Geometric Flask And Cup (£15)

Spiced Sweet Potato Soup with Pistachio and Flaxseeds

Grace Nutrition & Wellbeing Experts Say:

The sweet potato soup is packed full of essential nutrients for your body and anti-inflammatories.

Maca is a powerful supplement with several health benefits for the body, mind and skin. It works to balance women’s hormones, successfully relieving uncomfortable menstrual and menopausal symptoms as well as clearing acne and blemishes.

Garlic has high levels of a very powerful antioxidant called Allicin, making it an effective ingredient for lowering cardiovascular risks and decreasing hypertension within the body.

Flaxseed contains the essential fatty acid, omega-3, which has anti-inflammatory benefits.

Ingredients:

2 Shallots

1 Celery stalk

1 Garlic clove

1 Carrot

Thyme

2 Bay leaves

2 Sweet potatoes

1tbsp. Maca superpowder

Pistachio and flaxseeds to garnish

Directions:

1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and sweat shallots, garlic, celery, carrots and herbs for 1 to 2 minutes.

2. Pour water into the pan and add the chopped sweet potatoes.

3. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer gently for 10 to 12 minutes, until sweet potatoes are tender.

4. Season with salt and pepper, add maca powder and then transfer to a liquidizer.

5. Blend until smooth and serve.

Will you try souping this January? Let us know in the comment box below.

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