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. 😉

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?

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My Favorite Protein Oatmeal With Coconut And Almonds

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Do you enjoy eating breakfast foods anytime of day?

Because I’m doing intermittent fasting (more on this in a later post), I’m often hungry for breakfast foods even if I eat my first meal of the day at 1:00 in the afternoon.

Oatmeal And The Days Of Yore

To me, oatmeal is a comfort food. I have fond memories of my mom or dad cooking a big pot of oatmeal with raisins and butter. Sometimes we would put brown sugar in it. And we always topped it with creamy milk.

When my husband and I were first married I found it interesting that he had never heard of putting milk on his oatmeal. He thought it was strange that anyone would. And I was perplexed as to why anyone wouldn’t add milk.

Ah, young love…

In my mind oatmeal goes with milk, like peanut butter goes with jelly.

Consequently, I’ve tried eating oatmeal without milk, but can’t stomach it. I have some texture issues and oatmeal without milk is one of them!

Can you say, “gloppy mush”?

But, I digress…

Oatmeal is full of fiber and healthy whole grains. If you are on a gluten-free eating plan you might be interested to know oats are gluten-free. But please be aware that you must read the side of the package to make sure the oatmeal was processed in a gluten-free facility.

Over the years I have eaten my oats with different toppings including chopped apples, pecans, walnuts, almonds, blueberries, strawberries, butter or coconut oil, raisins, or if I really want to indulge, brown sugar.

Protein Oatmeal

I like adding protein to my oats. This essential element satisfies even the hungriest appetite. Best of all, the added protein gives you satiety.

There are many forms of protein that make healthy additions. My wise husband likes to add a scoop of peanut butter to his. And, really, how could something as delicious as rich, creamy peanut butter not be a plus?

Nuts and seeds are a also good source of protein. Nuts have also been shown to increase longevity.

Or, you can add whey protein powder, like the one I used to make My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake.

In addition, you could add a dollop of Greek yogurt for the added protein and essential probiotics.

Currently, this is my favorite way to eat them:

My Favorite Protein Oatmeal With Coconut And Almonds

My Favorite Protein Oatmeal With Coconut And Almonds

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/8 cup dried cranberries or cherries
  • 1/4 to 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • cinnamon, to taste
  • stevia, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds

Instructions

  1. Mix the first four ingredients.
  2. Cook this mixture either on the stove top or in a microwavable bowl in the microwave.
  3. After oats are cooked, stir in milk.
  4. Add cinnamon and/or stevia to taste.
  5. Top with coconut flakes and slivered almonds.
  6. Enjoy!
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I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Pass the milk and eat up!


What is your favorite way to eat oatmeal? With or without milk?


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Healthy Coffee Drink (With Coconut Oil) Recipe


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If you’re like me, you’re not fully awake and ready for the day until you’ve had your morning cup of joe.

In the past, I’d add Stevia, a splash of milk and our favorite sugar-free coffee creamer, Italian Sweet Cream, to my coffee. That was until I realized the creamer had Splenda in it. 🙁 You can check out information on the potential dangers of Splenda here.)

So, I started looking for new ways to drink my morning java that would be equally (or even more) delicious and much less harmful to my health. I wanted to make healthy coffee!

When I was researching coconut oil, I learned that some people add it to their coffee. I tried it, and liked the way it tasted, but I couldn’t get past the oily and less-than-appealing way it looked.

Then I noticed  that some people mix their coffee, coconut oil and add-ins in a blender (I use my NutriBullet), so I decided to give it a try too.

Why Try This Healthy Mocha Coffee Drink?

  • Because it’s amazingly delicious and rivals anything you buy at the overpriced Starbucks
  • Because coconut oil is a rich source of saturated medium chain fatty acids, so it can help you lose weight (if that’s what you’re going for) (1).
  • It is quick and easy to make
  • It gives you a boost of energy that lasts all morning
  • Who doesn’t love chocolate for breakfast?

So without further ado…

Recipe for Healthy Mocha Coffee Drink (with Coconut Oil)

Recipe for Healthy Mocha Coffee Drink (with Coconut Oil)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of coffee (or more), hot
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • a splash of pure vanilla
  • stevia
  • 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder or cacao nibs
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients except the cinnamon in a blender. Blend thoroughly, 30 seconds to a minute, depending on your desired froth. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
  2. Drink and enjoy!
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  • Please note that if you’ve never eaten coconut oil you will probably want to start with 1 teaspoon and work your way up. If you’re not used to it, you might notice some mild side effects because coconut oil speeds up your metabolism. (I’ve never experienced any side effects, but want to make you aware because everyone is different) 😉

This is our favorite brand of coconut oil. It’s both affordable and high-quality.


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My Favorite Protein Powder Pancakes

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One of the foods I’ve missed since becoming gluten-free is pancakes. I tried different gluten-free flours, but had

trouble finding one that tasted close enough to the real thing, until I discovered how easy it is to make oat flour. To me, the flavor it gives the pancakes is delicious and the texture is pleasant, although a little heartier in these gluten-free protein pancakes.

Protein Powder Pancakes

If you want to try making your own gluten-free oat flour, first make sure that your oats are gluten-free. Some are packaged in factories along wheat products and can get contaminated with wheat. Simply put a cup or two of old-fashioned oats in your blender, press start and watch the magic happen!  Now, when I’m making a recipe that calls for all-purpose or wheat flour, I use the GF oat flour instead.

This is the recipe I use to make my protein powder pancake mix. I store it in a Mason jar and make a new batch and refill the jar when I’m getting low.

I like to add chopped apples and cinnamon or blueberries or pecans to the batter. Typically, I fry them in coconut oil and top them with butter or 81 Uses For Coconut Oil, syrup, and sometimes peanut butter (yummy!).

Our kids sometimes groan when they find out something I’m serving is gluten-free, but not these Protein Powder Pancakes. They eat them right up. I hope you enjoy!


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