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Detoxifying Green Soup + Why I Love A Liquid-Only Day

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Digestion, Featured, Health Tips, Healthy Lifestyle, Main Courses, Sanoviv Retreats, Soups | 0 comments

Elizabeth Finch


 

Since I returned from my health & education retreat at Sanoviv Medical Institute a few weeks ago, I’ve been loving the practice of incorporating a liquid day (or partial liquid day) into my weekly routine.

At Sanoviv, they teach holistic health and that food is medicine for our bodies, both for prevention and for healing.

Sanoviv practices a liquid day once a week with their patients and guests. It’s designed to give the digestive system a rest, and it consists of a variety of smoothies, green drinks, hot and cold teas, blended soups, bone broths, nut milks, and plenty of water.

Sanoviv recommends designating one day a week as a liquids only day to help the body cleanse and detox, and also to nourish the body.

I’ve been incorporating this into my own lifestyle, especially when I feel that my digestive system could use a break. If you are like me and have sensitive digestion or suffer from any digestive symptoms like gas and/or bloating, then I’m sure you know exactly what I mean.

For me, it feels good to my digestive system to drink healing liquids for a day, or even up until dinner when I might have a cooked meal with my family.

Here’s what my liquid only days have looked like:

  • Breakfast: smoothie made with almond milk, USANA’s ultra-pure MySmartShake Protein Plus Booster or collagen protein powder, almond butter, cacao powder, flax seed, a few chunks of frozen banana
  • Snack: matcha latte made with almond milk, or golden milk (I like Rebbl’s if I can’t make it myself)
  • Lunch: green juice + a cup of homemade bone broth (with a teaspoon of ghee added if I’m feeling particularly hungry)
  • Snack: warm cacao almond milk (almond milk, a tablespoon of cacao powder + a drizzle of maple syrup, all warmed in a small pan)
  • Dinner: a bowl of my Detoxifying Green Soup (recipe below)

* I also drink plenty of water throughout the day, and shoot for an earlier bedtime.

Remember that this isn’t meant to be a way of eating for a long-term daily diet. A liquid only day (or partial liquid only day) is meant to be a short time of healing and rest for the digestive system.

Detoxifying Green Soup Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tablespoons of avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 bunch of green onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, seeds removed and diced
  • 2 medium zucchini, roughly chopped
  • 10 ounce bag of frozen broccoli florets
  • 4 cups of chicken, beef or vegetable broth
  • 15 ounce can of lentils (green or black), drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk or other nut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of white miso paste (found at any natural grocery store)
  • 1 tablespoon of tamari or lite soy sauce
  • 2-3 cups of baby spinach
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Optional: I also love to add a tablespoon of Philosophie Green Dream to this soup to add a little bit more plant-based protein

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large dutch oven or pot. Add the onions, bell pepper, zucchini and broccoli to the pot and sauté until the onion is fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the broth to the pot and allow to simmer until vegetables are cooked, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the lentils, almond milk, miso and tamari and stir to blend everything well. Add a tablespoon of Philosophie Green Dream, if using. Turn off the heat and add the baby spinach leaves, which will wilt from the heat of the other ingredients.
  4. To purée the soup, use either a handheld immersion blender (my preferred way) or move the soup to a blender and purée it there. If you choose to use a blender, take care as the soup will be very hot. Purée the soup either partially for a chunkier soup, or completely for a completely liquid soup.
  5. Season with sea salt, and serve.

You can leave this soup chunkier if you’d like — just don’t purée/blend it all the way. For liquid days, you’ll want it to be completely blended so it’s more of a liquid consistency.

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