Interested in a fresh concept to the regular juice cleanses, then check out another hot health trend – the soup cleanse. Soup cleanses are fantastic for long winter months when our bodies could use a warm boost of energy.

Unlike juice cleanses that contain some fruits, soup cleanses are typically lower on the glycemic scale. This soup cleanse is packed with veggies that contain fiber and nutrients to help balance hormones and maintain weight during holiday overindulgences. They’re also jam-packed with immunity-boosting antioxidants. And you’ll lose that bloated feeling that keeps you uncomfortable and out of sorts.

To complete this soup cleanse, you’ll need a high-speed blender. I love my VitaMix but other blenders will work too. I also recommend purchasing glass Mason jars for storage, then making all your soups in the morning so a busy day doesn’t ruin your plans.

When shopping for ingredients, choose organic whenever possible, and be sure to stock up on lots of water and herbal tea for maximum hydration.

There are five recipes below for breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner. If breakfast, lunch and dinner leave you feeling full until the next meal, you do not need to have a morning and afternoon snack. Listen to your body and eat as needed to leave you feeling nourished and happy.

Note that the Bone Broth recipe takes 24 hours to make, so plan to make this recipe the day before your cleanse. For an evening snack, drink herbal tea.

BREAKFAST

Creamy Coconut 
Serves 2

2 large avocados
1½ cups coconut water
1 lemon, juiced
¼ cup basil leaves
2 cups peas
¼ teaspoon sea salt

Blend using a high-speed blender until smooth.

MORNING SNACK

Glowing Greens Soup
Serves 2

2 cups water or coconut water
2 small sweet potatoes, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 cup spinach
1 avocado
Pinch of turmeric
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Fresh basil (garnish)

Blend using a high-speed blender until smooth. Garnish with fresh basil.

LUNCH

Creamy Kale
Serves 2

1 bunch kale
1 avocado
½ cup coconut water or coconut milk
1 cup frozen or fresh peas
5 basil leaves
1 lemon, juiced
1½ teaspoon sea salt
Hemp seeds (garnish)
Dulse flakes (garnish)

Blend using a high-speed blender until smooth. Top with hemp seeds and dulse flakes.

AFTERNOON SNACK

Chicken Bone Broth Soup 

3-5 pounds of soup bones
Water (enough to cover the bones)
1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar

*Note: Ask at your local butcher shop. Soup bones are usually very cheap, if not free!

MAKE YOUR STOCK. In a stock pot, add the soup bones and enough water to cover. Add apple cider vinegar. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer for 24+ hours.

STORE YOUR STOCK. After about 24 hours, strain the stock into mason jars. Set them in the fridge to cool. Skim off the fat that rises to the top, and close tightly with a lid, or put in ice cube trays for quick use.

This will keep in the fridge for a few days, or for four to six months in the freezer.

DINNER

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup
Serves 4

1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and roughly chopped
4 large carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
4 cups organic vegetable broth
1 can organic coconut milk (BPA-free can)
1 bunch parsley, chopped (garnish)

ROAST THE VEGETABLES. Heat your oven to 350°F. Take your chopped butternut squash and carrots and massage with coconut oil, cumin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Bake on a cookie sheet for 20 to 25 minutes until tender. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

ASSEMBLE THE SOUP. Add the vegetable broth and coconut milk to a large pot. Mix together thoroughly. Add the cooled, roasted vegetables to a high-speed blender in batches with just enough broth/coconut milk mixture to cover. Blend until smooth. Add it back to the soup pot and set it on medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Serve topped with chopped parsley.