The beginning of a new year is always ripe with the possibility of starting fresh. Now is the ideal time to reflect on what actions and choices served us in 2017 and what didn’t. We’re given the courage to decide what stays, what goes and what new adventures to embark upon. This week I’m beginning an exercise called “Start, Stop, Continue”. I’ll reflect on what I’d like to Start in 2018, what I’d like to Stop, and what I’m going to Continue to do. The Start and Stop components are slowing coming into focus, but the Continue is clear – to continue the nourishment of this body with healthful food that has been made thoughtfully and with love.
Whether you’re Starting a wellness journey or Continuing one in 2018, this recipe will help you achieve your goals. This blended detox soup is made with whole foods, is vegan and gluten-free, and will serve as a body nourishing meal. I’ve made several variations of blended detox soups, but this recipe is the one I go to on a regular basis when I feel the need to reset and recharge myself.
Make this soup with intent and love for yourself and others and allow the opportunities of a New Year come into focus.
Lentil Detox Soup
Makes 10 cups/servings
140 calories per serving
~1/4 cup coconut oil
~2 Large Sweet Potatoes, peeled and chopped
~2 Apples, peeled and chopped
~1 Small Onion, chopped
~3 Large Carrots, peeled and chopped
~1 inch Fresh Ginger, peeled and chopped
~1/2 cup Red Lentils, rinsed
~4.5 cups Vegetable Broth
~1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
~1/2 tsp Ground Coriander
~1/2 tsp Ground Turmeric
~1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
~Salt and Pepper to taste
~Melt the coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat.
~Place the chopped sweet potato, carrot, apple, and onion in the pot.
~Cook until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes
~Add the lentils, ginger, broth, and spices to the pot and bring the soup to a boil, then reduce to medium-low. Cover and simmer until the lentils and vegetables are soft, about 30 minutes.
~Using a standing blender or immersion blender, blend the soup until pureed.
~Bring soup back to the pot to simmer, add water as needed to create the consistency you desire.
~Serve with your favorite sprouted grain or gluten-free toasted bread!