The One-Day Souping Cleanse To Help You Detox

Amy Lawrenson

January juice cleanses never seemed like the best idea. 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 2015’s love affair with bone broth, soup is no longer something poured from a can when we’re feeling under the weather or for slupring 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 soups will aid liver detoxification, are anti-inflammatory, and will even help to calm blemished skin.

Keep scrolling for the ingredients you need, recipes, and the health benefits. Happy souping!

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For the three soup recipes you will need:

Vegetables:

2 Carrots

1 Onion

½ Leek

1 Courgette

50g Green peas

4 Shallots

2 Celery sticks

2 Garlic gloves

600g Broccoli

150g Spinach

3 Sweet potatoes

Seasoning:

4x Bay leaves

Fresh or dried Thyme

Salt & pepper

Rapeseed oil

Superfood Powders:

1tbls. Maca powder

1tbls. Spirulina powder

1tbls. Wheatgrass powder

Optional:

Pistachio and flaxseed to garnish

Mung beans and alfalfa to garnish

Maca Powder

Indigo Herbs Organic Maca Powder (£4)

Spirulina Powder

Rainforest Foods Organic Spirulina Powder (£10)

Wheatgrass Powder

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 liver detoxification. It also contains wheat grass powder; a highly alkalising superfood due to its high content of the alkalising pigment chlorophyll, as well as minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.

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

Ingredients:

1 Carrot

1 Onion

½ Leeks

100g Broccoli

50g Sweet potato

1 Courgette

50g Baby spinach

50g Green peas

Salt, pepper, thyme

1 tbls. Rapeseed oil

1tbls. Wheat grass powder

Method:

Chop all the vegetables into small pieces.

Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and thyme and sweat for 5 mins.

Add the rest of the vegetables then cook over a high heat for 10 mins until softened.

Now turn down the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 mins.

Add seasoning, then cook for a further 10 mins. Finally add the wheat grass powder and serve.

Hand Blender

Kenwood kMix Hand Blender ( £70 ) (£35)

BROCCOLI, SPINACH AND CELERY SOUP WITH MUNG BEANS AND ALFALFA

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 help to protect your skin’s appearance and reduce signs of ageing by reducing the production of highly damaging free radicals.

Ingredients:

2 Shallots

1 Celery

1 Garlic

Thyme

2 Bay leaves

500g Broccoli

100g Spinach

1 tbls. Rapeseed oil

1tbls. Spirulina powder

Salt, pepper

Mung beans and alfalfa to garnish

Method:

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

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

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

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

Blend until smooth, and serve.

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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

1 Carrot

Thyme

2 Bay leaves

2 Sweet potato

1tbls. Maca superpowder

Pistachio and flaxseeds to garnish

Method:

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

Pour the water into the pan and add the chopped sweet potato.

Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 10-12 minutes, until the sweet potato is tender.

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

Blend until smooth, and serve.

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

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