Great digestion is awesome.
May I just say that?
I hope you agree.
One of the added bonuses of eating a whole foods, plant-based diet is improved digestion: namely because animal products, particularly dairy, can have such a stop-up effect on the GI tract. (Particularly in the dairy-sensitive portion of the population, consuming milk, yogurt, and cheese can irritate the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. As a defense mechanism, the body will produce thicker mucus to coat and protest the lining of each of these. This is why many people report a reduction in coughs, nasal congestion, and chest congestion when they stop eating dairy. This is particularly true of kids: kids who eat less dairy tend to have fewer cold-like symptoms, especially that infamous year-round runny nose.)
But I digress.
More plant-based foods = more fiber = better digestion. This is one of the guiding principles of the From the Ground Up food philosophy, and one of the reasons our "Choose to Renew" cleanse is so popular. It's about eating real food, not fasting. It allows the system to take a break while continuing to be well-fueled and energized. Sounds pretty good, right?
In honor of #VeganMofo, I wanted to share one of the easiest, most delicious recipes on the cleanse. This blended soup is a staple of the one day of liquids-only on the program, where we have fresh-pressed juices, blended soup, and tons o' water and clear tea over 24 hours. The soup is super delicious, so we can work it into any week of eating! It's easy on the digestive system, fueling, nourishing, and flavorful. Perfect!
*NEW PARENT BONUS: this is also a great puree for babies starting solids. Omit the lemon juice, and adjust garlic/ ginger/ herbs to your baby's taste, but know that everything in here is little-tummy friendly.
Toss all of your ingredients - including whichever steamed veggies you're using - into the blender. (I love that you can use leftovers for this: greens and well-steamed root veggies work awesomely. Celery is also highly alkalizing, so it makes a great detox food!)
Blend until smooth.
Transfer to a bowl or storage container and keep refrigerated until ready to use. You can serve this warm or chilled; for easiest digestion, aim for a moderate temperature (too hot or too cold can be tough on the system). Happy clean-eating!
- 2 cups steamed veggies [ie. broccoli, sweet potato, cabbage, carrots, celery]
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 inch fresh ginger
- a few sprigs of fresh thyme and sage
- Combine in a blender.
- Blend until smooth. Add more water to thin out as needed.
- Serve warm or chilled.
- Refrigerate leftovers.
- To save time, steam your veggies in advance or use leftovers. For a single serving, use 1 cup of veggies and half the amount of each ingredient listed.
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