Winter always reminds me just how tough some days are for our bodies, and souls for that matter, to keep up with the harsh elements they’re exposed to each day. Here in Washington D. C., we’ve had record low temperatures, overly dry inside air, cold damp outside air to tend with. It’s rough for our bodies as well as our spirits to keep up with the elements some days and a bowl of warm, healthy soup can always heal and protect. In the Lime Lentil soup, I have a great way to cleanse myself of toxins, if only for a little while, and help restore my good nature inside and out.
- 1 cup fresh Lime juice
- 1 Tbs. Olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 can diced tomatoes or 4 - 5 fresh chopped
- 4 cups of chopped cabbage
- 2 cups of sprouted uncooked lentils
- 3 quarts of vegetable broth
- 1 Tbs. red pepper flakes
- 2 - 3 pieces of Kelp *Optional (remove before serving)
- 2 tsp Garlic powder
- 1/2 cup of vinegar ( I used Rice Wine)
- 1 cup Tamari Soy Sauce
- In a large stock pot, heat olive oil and saute the diced onion, stirring frequently until the onions are softened and begin to look clear.
- Add in all other ingredients (except for the lime juice) and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for an hour or so until your lentils are softened and cooked through. Add the fresh lime juice right before serving. Add smaller amounts of juice just to your bowl when serving if you want to maximize the lime detoxifying properties.
- For detox purpose, use this soup as your meal as lunch or dinner for up to one week. Keep your other meals light and healthy or combine the soup with other detoxifying smoothies or salads for a total cleanse. Store in the fridge. Freezes well also.
- Sprout your Lentils for a few days prior to making your soup.
A perfect match up with this clean detoxifying soup is a raw, gluten-free bread from Emily @ This Rawsome Vegan Life.
Onion & Corn Bread. Thanks Em, awesome recipe ♥
A word about detoxifying efforts.
They are not the fix all that some people tend to make them out to be in my experience. They do a lot more to focus your diet in a healthy direction and get you on track to feeding your body foods that help reduce inflammation, boost immune system functions, cleanse blood and bowels, and just give your digestion a break for a bit. Take your mind off of eat, eat eat for a while and let your body heal and rest with a detox period. This soup wont cure what ails you. But it is deliciously healthy for your organs, your energy and maybe even your soul. I use detoxifying foods as a way to cleanse myself for short periods of nasty habits and stressful quick meals on the go. I can give my mind a break as well by making up a large batch of soup that I know will be my meal each day so there’s no grocery store or even cooking those days. I can concentrate on rest and recovery. I love foods that taste great. I love feeling great much much more though and this soup is just one little way to remind my body how good it can be to feel great. Give it a try. You’re body will love it, that’s for sure.
1 year ago I was enjoying a bowl full of this: Homemade Fried Tofu
Only 2 more months of winter guys! BRRRR!
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