Souping is the New Jucing

If you’re a fan of juicing, you’ll definitely be on board with souping, the latest detox trend. Why drink cold juice in the winter? Go for warming soups this time of year! A soup-only cleanse offers a number of nutritional benefits while keeping you satisfied. Packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber, soups are filled with superfoods that can help you battle inflammation, cleanse your colon and reduce oxidative stress. Plus, most soup recipes are versatile, allowing you to swap in different ingredients and seasonings according to your taste.

What is souping:

From the viewpoint of physical wellbeing, the keyword is: detox. All the beneficial properties of pulses and vegetables, proteins, vitamins and the like are blended together in what is, broadly speaking, an extremely healthy and economical option, and also rich in fibre and cooked to make it more digestible. The sugar content is provided by the complex carbohydrate variety and not simple fruit sugar. And, unlike a juice that is knocked back at the speed of thirst, soups are eaten slowly, resulting in a pleasing sensation of fullness.

The key to success:

On the subject of sensorial pleasure, consistency is vitally important when it comes to soup: it can be more or less creamy and liquid according to the recipe, but never solid enough to prevent the purification process, nor too liquid to make the consumer feel deprived of a proper meal. During the summer, in the northern hemisphere, cocktails underwent a solidification process: mojito, daiquiri, cosmopolitan and margaritas were being served by top barmen and chefs in a foody version, in consistencies that were more or less solid, more or less foamy, in a creative impulse that could even be defined as tending towards “Negroni soup.”

Souping and detoxing:

Authentic “souping,” however, is a soup version of detoxing that offers genuine detox battle plans, whose protagonists are armed with ladles. Starting from The Big Apple, the Splendid Spoon suggests “plant based plans” for detoxing, inviting you to put your trust in its steaming, ready-to-eat bowlfuls. Soupelina in Los Angeles follows a similar concept and at the start of the year, it released a book entitled “Soupelina’s Soup Cleanse,” in which the chef shares her soup detox dietary secrets, lasting from three to five days.

What your options are: 

24-Hour Raw Reset Cleanse: This fiber-heavy one-day cleanse is designed to recharge your body immediately, perfect for anyone who needs a quick jumpstart or lacks the time to commit.

3-Day Boost Cleanse: If you're a beginner and up for a little challenge, a 3-day cleanse is the perfect way to strengthen your digestive system, create healthy tissue and help aid your body's natural ability to get rid of toxins. 

5-Day Soup Cleanse: If you're a cleansing pro, you'll benefit from this most, and will likely see the number on the scale drop as well as experience a reduction in headaches and fatigue.

Why it's better than juicing: 

If you've ever done a juice cleanse, you've probably felt dizzy, weak and hungry. Soup cleanses don't leave you feeling like this, because they're filled with more easily digested nutrients and highly satiating ingredients. They also have a lower glycemic index compared to juices, which helps to stabilize blood sugar levels.

How often you should do it: 

Four times a year. It's best to cleanse seasonally, so that your body can stay in tune with the change in weather. 

How many soups you'll have per day: 

Five. If you're doing a 24-hour reset, you'll have five raw soups. For a three-day and five-day cleanse, you'll have three soups—one during breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus two light broths for snacks in between. For optimal results and to keep your metabolism up, you'll eat every three hours.

What you can't eat: 

A cleanse is a chance to give your body a break from working so hard to digest the foods you normally eat. While on a soup cleanse, you should only consume the soups and broths, with exceptions for pumpkin seeds, cucumbers and celery. Soupelina's cleanse calls for avoiding coffee, sugar, fruit, soda, animal protein, dairy, alcohol and nicotine (a given), wheat and processed, dried and canned foods.

What the benefits look like: 

Glowing skin, silkier hair, reduced stress levels and higher energy levels. It also helps rebuild the part of your metabolism that works with burning fat, and aids in building a strong immune system by cleaning your gut. 

Ready to stir the pot? Get souping with this beginner’s 3-day detox meal plan:

DAY 1

Breakfast: Raw Green Soup

Lunch: Easy Chicken Bone Broth

Dinner: Hearty Wholesome Harvest Soup

DAY 2

Breakfast: Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

Lunch: Easy Kale, Mushroom, Quinoa Miso Soup

Dinner: Simple Dairy-Free Mushroom Soup

DAY 3

Breakfast: Cauliflower Corn Chowder

Lunch: Seasonal Veggie and Umeboshi Soup (Macrobiotic) 

Dinner: Vegetable Bean Chili

Note: I am not a certified medical practitioner; please consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or medications. The material on this site is provided for educational purposes only, and is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.