This detox Beet Soup is the perfect remedy for when you feel like you might be coming down with a cold or want to detox from unhealthy foods. It's a great way to kickstart a dietary reset. It's vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and nourishing.
I seldom ate beets when I was following an omnivorous diet. On the rare occasion I did eat them, I would toss the beet greens in the trash, not knowing I could eat them (face palm!).
I first learned of this soup from The Plantpower Way cookbook. I modified it to omit the oil and reduce the calories. This Detox Beet Soup uses whole beet with tops, cutting down on food waste. I appreciate how it makes me feel after eating it—nourished and satisfied.
What you need to make this detox beet soup:
- Apple cider vinegar
- Cayenne (optional, for heat)
How to make this soup
Wash, peel, and chop the beets into ½-inch pieces. Set aside.
Wash and chop the beet greens with stems into 1-inch strips. Set aside.
Chop the celery stalks into ¼-inch pieces. Set aside.
Preheat a medium-large pot over medium-low heat.
Put the chopped beets (not the greens yet!) and the celery in the heated pot. Dry sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until celery is bright green.
Add the juice from the lime half and the minced garlic, and cook for another minute.
Turn up the heat to medium, add water and apple cider vinegar and bring to a simmer.
Add the chopped beet greens with stems, roughly chopped fresh cilantro, and cayenne pepper (if using). Stir well, cover, and continue cooking for 3 to 4 minutes until beet greens are slightly tender but still bright green.
Remove from heat, salt to taste, and enjoy!
Health benefits of beets
Beets and beet greens are rich in heart-healthy nitric oxide-producing compounds shown to improve blood flow. As an added benefit, and if weight loss is a goal, consider eating low-fat, nutrient-dense broth-based soups before your main course. Studies show that a brothy soup may promote weight loss by reducing the total caloric intake for that meal while leaving you feeling satisfied.
*Studies: Soup preloads in a variety of forms reduce meal energy intake; Provision of Foods Differing in Energy Density Affects Long‐Term Weight Loss; Association between soup consumption and obesity: A systematic review with meta-analysis
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