Anything that’s supposedly good for detoxing will always be incredibly popular. It doesn’t matter what year it is – you’ll always be guaranteed to find expensive detox programs on store shelves that promise the world. It’s really a shame that so many people spend a ton of money on these programs year after year. The reason why I say that is because it’s definitely possible to genuinely detox your body in a way that’s quite frankly common sense. So what’s the secret? Simply include more all-natural whole foods in your diet, especially fruits and vegetables. So with that being said, today I wanted to share a recipe for making a detoxifying ginger and carrot soup. There’s nothing fancy about it – just real whole foods mixed together to make a deliciously savory soup that can help your body with it’s natural detoxification processes.
How to Make the Best Cleansing Ginger Carrot Soup
Using a large pot, heat up two tablespoons of olive oil over a medium heat. You should always make sure to use olive oil as your cooking oil of choice (or coconut oil or another similarly healthy option) – never vegetable oil. While olive oil is full of heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, vegetable oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids that can cause inflammation. That makes olive oil, especially authentic extra virgin olive oil, a much healthier choice, as it’s been proven to help prevent cardiovascular disease. (1)
Next, add in a favorite combo of mine in the form of one small onion and two minced garlic cloves. Both ingredients give your soup a ton of flavor along with innumerable benefits for your health. You can also add in the grated fresh ginger as well at this time. Ginger is an extremely popular ingredient to use in all kinds of different detox water recipes – and for good reason. It provides some pretty potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties to this recipe, both of which help to keep chronic disease at bay. (2)
Carrots are another popular detox food item – which is why you’ll be using one pound of them when making this soup. Studies have shown that even just drinking carrot juice is able to significantly increase total antioxidant status. (3) Talk about an effective detox food! On top of that, carrots are a fantastic source of dietary fiber, vitamin A (thanks to their beta-carotene content), and potassium. Saute the carrots for about two minutes, and then add in the water and homemade bone broth.
Let the soup cook for 15-20 minutes, just long enough for the carrots to turn fork tender. You can then add in the freshly grated orange zest to give the soup a bit of extra kick (and plenty of vitamin C) before transferring everything into an immersion blender. Puree the soup until smooth, season with salt and pepper, and then garnish it with some chopped chives for a delightful finishing touch.
(You may also like: Turmeric Detox Tomato Soup)
Detoxifying Ginger and Carrot Soup
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 ½ tsp grated fresh ginger
- 1 lb carrots, peeled and cut into slices
- 4 cups homemade bone broth or stock
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp freshly grated orange zest
- chopped fresh chives for garnish
- salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- In a pot heat the olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the onion and cook for 3-5 minutes or until softened and translucent.
- Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add the carrots and saute for 2 minutes.
- Add the bone broth, water and bring the soup to a low boil.
- Cover with a lid and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the carrots are fork tender.
- Add the orange zest.
- Using an immersion blender or food processor or blender, puree the soup until smooth.
- Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
- Serve, garnished with fresh chives.