Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup: The Ultimate Comfort Food!

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Are you sick of eating salads for lunch in an effort to be healthier this year?

Do you long for comfort food that not only nourishes your body, but also your soul?

Then you might want to try this Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup.

There’s not much I enjoy eating more than a bowl of piping hot soup, brimming with colorful veggies in a flavorful broth. Even people who don’t normally crave soup (like I do) reach for this nourishing comfort food, especially when it’s cold outside.

So this detox vegetable soup is perfect to eat anytime. And, best of all, it’s loaded with colorful, antioxidant-rich veggies.

It even has one of my favorite healthful ingredients, apple cider vinegar. But you’ll never even know it’s there. It’ll be our little secret. ūüėČ

You can add beans, shredded chicken or beef if you want a powerful protein boost. Or, just eat some beef jerky or, my personal favorite, a big blob of nut butter. However, even though I’m a meat-lover, I find this soup to be hearty and sustaining all on its own. So you may not find it necessary to add an extra protein source.

Just call it your meatless main dish.

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Also, feel free to add extra veggies. If you have some leftover vegetables in the fridge, throw them in too. Make it your own!

The more, the merrier!

Also, I like to make this in my Crock Pot. But, you can also make it in a stock pot on the stove top. It turns out great either way.

Please note that the broccoli should be added towards the last 30 minutes of cooking time to prevent over cooking.

Nobody likes soggy broccoli. Unless you do, in which case you can add your broccoli sooner.

As you can see, this isn’t rocket science friends. It’s based on your personal preference.

I tend to like my veggies more crisp tender. But if you prefer mushy, then go for it!

Just keep in mind that the longer the veggies cook, the more the nutrients seep out.

But I figure if we’re comparing eating smushy, mushy veggies to eating no veggies, the mushies are gonna win every time

So, here we go with the recipe. I hope you enjoy it!

Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup: Lori Geurin

Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup: Lori Geurin

Ingredients

  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 to 4 cups red or green cabbage, sliced thin
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup green beans, fresh or frozen
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper, optional
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
  • fresh baby spinach, optional

Instructions

  1. Clean, peel and slice all the vegetables.
  2. Add all ingredients, except the broccoli florets and baby spinach, to the crock pot or large stock pot.
  3. If using a crock pot, cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.
  4. Add the broccoli florets during the last 30 minutes of cooking time and cook until crisp tender or to your liking.
  5. Serve the soup over a generous bed of fresh baby spinach. The spinach will wilt when you pour the soup on top of it.
  6. Feel free to add chicken, beef or beans to the soup for a healthy serving of protein.
  7. Enjoy!
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The Takeaway

This Detox Vegetable Soup is full of fiber, antioxidants and deliciousness! It will fulfill your veggie requirements for the day (if you eat as much as I do), and help flush toxins out of your body.

Do you love soup? What other comfort foods do you like?

Please leave your comments below and get the conversation started. I love hearing from you and do my best to respond to all of your comments. Thanks friends!

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22 Amazing Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar

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There are so many uses for apple cider vinegar (ACV)! This “do-it-all” product is incredibly healthy, and affordable.

This common kitchen staple is antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. It’s also easy to find in most grocery stores.

And best of all, it’s all natural!

When shopping for ACV, look for one that is raw, unfiltered, and organic, such as Bragg’s.

22 Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

1. Sore Throat

You can make an elixir by combining 1 teaspoon ACV with 2 to 3 teaspoons clover honey. Simply swallow.

Or, you can mix 1/4 cup ACV with 1/4 cup water and gargle.

2. Dandruff

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ACV is Great for Hair!

Mix equal parts water and ACV in a spray bottle. After shampooing spray the mixture on the scalp to get rid of dandruff. Doing this 2 to 3 times per week should keep dandruff at bay.

3. Hair Rinse

ACV helps remove product build up and unveil shiny hair. (My Mom taught me this trick as a girl, and it really works!) First, make a rinse with 1/3 cup ACV and 4 cups of water. After washing your hair, apply the rinse. Leave it on for a few seconds, then rinse it out.

4. Deodorant

Dab a bit of ACV under your arms to kill odor-causing bacteria.

5. Bruises

Apply ACV to bruises to relieve the swelling and discoloration faster.

6. Foot Odor

Wipe smelly feet with ACV to kill odor-causing bacteria, which cause stinky feet.

7. Facial Toner

Mix 1 part ACV with 3 to 4 parts water. Apply with a cotton ball after washing your face. This can help eliminate and prevent acne by killing bacteria.

8. Remove Warts

Soak a cotton ball in ACV. Apply a bandage to hold the cotton in place. Wear it overnight and remove it in the morning. Apply this each night until the wart disappears.

9. Sunburn

Soothe a sunburn by gently applying ACV to the affected area. Or, add 1 or 2 cups ACV to your bath water. (And next time you’re in the sun, you might want to try using coconut oil as a low SPF sunscreen.)

10. Acid Reflux

To alleviate digestive problems, drink 1 tablespoon ACV in a large glass of water, tea or juice daily. If the taste is too tart, simply add a little clover honey. (For a video about  the drink, please see item number 19 below.)

Acid reflux is cause by having too little acid in your stomach. Drinking ACV helps raise the acid level and relieve the symptoms of acid reflux.

11. Whiten Teeth

To eliminate stains and whiten teeth simply rub ACV directly on your teeth. Rinse with water. Or, you can swish a dilution of ACV and water, then rinse with water.

Because ACV is highly acidic it’s best to do this only occasionally. If done too much, the ACV can eat away at the enamel of your teeth.

12. Use In Cooking

Due to its numerous health benefits, ACV is a great addition to tangy marinades, sauces, and salad dressings. Just keep in mind that a little goes a long way.

One of my favorite ways to include ACV in my diet in the summer is by making a cucumber salad:

First, chop a cucumber and an onion. Then, mix equal parts ACV and olive oil.  Add Himalayan pink salt, pepper and Stevia (optional) to taste. This is best if chilled in the fridge for a couple of hours.

13. Weed Killer

According to The Dirt Doctor the this recipe is super effective at killing weeds in your garden:

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Herbicide Formula:
1 gallon of 10% vinegar
1 ounce orange oil or d-limonene
1 teaspoon liquid soap or other surfactant such as Bio Wash
Add molasses at 1 tablespoon per gallon to the vinegar formula
Do not add water

Just be sure to only apply the solution to vegetation you want to get rid of. It will damage whatever it comes into contact with!

14. Cleaner

Mix equal parts ACV and water and it to clean almost any surface in your house. The vinegar smell goes away after the solution dries.

15. Neutralize Odors

Put some ACV in a small bowl close to the offending odor. This works just as well as Febreze at neutralizing odors (without the cost and chemicals).

16. Bad Breath

To eliminate bad breath mix equal parts ACV and water, swish and spit out. The ACV works to kill the bacteria that cause bad breath.

17. Fruit And Veggie Wash

ACV is excellent at removing bacteria and harmful pesticides from your fresh fruits and vegetables. Briefly soak your produce in a solution of 10 percent ACV to 90 percent water. Rinse.

Please note that this solution is not intended for use with berries because the ACV can soak into their delicate skin.

18. Diabetes Prevention

Drink a tablespoon of ACV in a large glass of water before bed to lower blood sugar.

19. ACV Drink

Due to its many health benefits, drinking a tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water each day is good for you. Plus, it cleanses and detoxifies the body.

It does have a strong taste, but if this bothers you feel free to add some honey or hold your nose like I do ;).

Here’s a video tutorial on how to do it:

20. Congestion

Apple cider vinegar helps break up and rid the body of mucus to relieve congestion.

21. Baking

Using a bit of ACV in recipes for baked goods makes them light and fluffy.

22. Improve pH

Many health conditions and diseases thrive in an acidic environment:

  • cavities
  • cancer
  • allergies
  • acne
  • weight gain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • joint pain
  • lactic acid buildup
  • immune deficiency
  • chronic fatigue
  • shortness of breath
  • heart problems
  • free radical damage
  • osteoporosis

Drinking diluted ACV daily causes the body’s pH balance to become more alkaline. Being in this alkaline state is essential to health and can prevent disease.

Can you think of more uses for apple cider vinegar?

Were there any that were surprising to you?

Please share in the comment section below.

You may want to watch the short video below with more uses for apple cider vinegar for more information.

 

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5 Easy Ways To Detox

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Whether you’re “as healthy as a horse” or dealing with chronic illness, detoxing is essential in helping the body get rid of harmful toxins.

Before getting Lyme disease I’d heard the term “detox” thrown around once or twice. But once I became chronically ill, detoxing quickly became a necessity in my ongoing journey back to health.

Fortunately, there are some simple ways to help your body get rid of harmful toxins.

5 Easy Ways To Detox:

1. Drink lots of water with lemon. It’s great to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, but drinking at least 2 liters a day is even better!

Water helps to flush toxins out of the body. Lemons can help support the immune system and stimulate the liver to help remove toxins.

2. Dry brush your skin before showering. This helps shed dead skin, encourages blood circulation and assists with lymph drainage. You can buy a dry skin brush on Amazon for very little money. This is the one I have and it works great!

3. Sweat the toxins out of your body by taking a hot bath, sitting in a sauna, or exercising hard enough to break a good sweat. After researching portable saunas for a couple of years, my sweet husband bought me this one for Christmas and I love it.

4. Eat a variety of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. Nourish your body with whole foods.

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5. Emphasize the positive. We all have those days (or weeks) when we don’t feel our best or feel exhausted¬†from a busy schedule. I’ve found that if I look for things that I’m¬†grateful for throughout the day it changes my perspective and can help me cope with potentially stressful situations.

There are several other ways to detox, but hopefully this will give you some things to think about and try. I hope you find this list helpful!

I’d love to hear what works well for you! Please share in the comment section below.

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5 Essential Reasons To Detox

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What is Detoxification?

Detoxification, or detox, takes place when toxins are removed from the body.

Toxins include:

  • pollution
  • pesticides and preservatives in the foods we eat
  • second-hand cigarette smoke
  • bad bacteria
  • chronic infections
  • stress
  • negative thought patterns.

Due to the many  harmful effects of the toxins, there are several reasons to detox.

detoxFive Reasons to Detox

  1. It helps prevent disease, and can reverse disease processes.
  2. Results in more energy, and an improved sense of well-being.
  3. Weight Loss–Toxins like to hide in fat cells. More body fat leads to a higher toxic load on the body, which often leads to disease.
  4. Increased health and efficiency of the digestive system.
  5. It can help bodily organs and systems work better and more efficiently.

Due to chronic illness, I’ve become more aware of toxins in the foods we eat, the air we breathe and the cleaning and beauty products we use. I believe detoxification can benefit anyone, healthy or otherwise.

You might like to check out¬†5 Easy Ways to Detox. Hopefully you’ll find some new ideas that help you too!

Do you detox? What would you add to this list? Please share below!

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