Happy New Year! I’m starting 2015 off with a 21 Day Detox. I have done cleanses in the past – a 24 hour juice cleanse and a 3 day vegan cleanse – but this is the first time I’ve tackled a more comprehensive, longer-term detox. I decided to try this program to help clean up my nutrition after the holidays and to test it out to see if it will be a good option to offer my Health Coaching clients. There have been some ups and downs (more ups), but one aspect I really have enjoyed is that I’m getting to try so many fabulous new recipes. I am planning a more comprehensive post with a detailed report on the 21 Day Detox experience, I just have to start sharing some of the recipes now.
The first recipe I want to share is a Zucchini and Cashew soup. Here are 3 reasons you should try it:
- Zucchini is a great source of anti-oxidants and helps regulate blood sugar.
- Cashews have lower fat content than most other nuts, and it’s heart-healthy fat similar to what is found in olive oil.
- It’s green soup! And it can be enjoyed warm or cold
Zucchini Cashew Soup – 2 servings
- 35 raw cashews
- 3 cups of water, divided
- 3 medium zucchini, cut into chunks
- Fresh herbs like basil, dill and parsley
- Soak cashews in 1 cup of water for about an hour
- While cashews soak, bring 2 cups of water to a boil
- Add chopped zucchini to boiling water for about 5 minutes
- Drain water from zucchini and set aside
- Grab you fresh herbs and set them aside – a few basil leafs, a few stalks of dill, a handful of parsley
- Once the cashews are done soaking, keep them with the water and combine with zucchini and herbs (set aside a couple of basil leaves)
- Use an immersion blender or food processor to blend until smooth
- The soup can be served warm or cold
- If needed / desired, heat soup over medium heat (don’t boil), for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently
- Divide soup into 2 bowls, garnish with fresh basil (optional) and enjoy!
Questions for you: Have you ever tried a detox? Have you ever had green soup before? What about a soup with nuts? Please share your recipes as I’d love to feature them on my blog!