Starting a 21 Day Detox and a Zucchini Cashew Soup Recipe

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:

  1. Zucchini is a great source of anti-oxidants and helps regulate blood sugar.
  2. Cashews have lower fat content than most other nuts, and it’s heart-healthy fat similar to what is found in olive oil.
  3. It’s green soup! And it can be enjoyed warm or cold

Zucchini Cashew Soup – 2 servings

ZucchiniCashewSoup

Ingredients:

  • 35 raw cashews
  • 3 cups of water, divided
  • 3 medium zucchini, cut into chunks
  • Fresh herbs like basil, dill and parsley

Directions:

  1. Soak cashews in 1 cup of water for about an hour
  2. While cashews soak, bring 2 cups of water to a boil
  3. Add chopped zucchini to boiling water for about 5 minutes
  4. Drain water from zucchini and set aside
  5. Grab you fresh herbs and set them aside – a few basil leafs, a few stalks of dill, a handful of parsley
  6. Once the cashews are done soaking, keep them with the water and combine with zucchini and herbs (set aside a couple of basil leaves)
  7. Use an immersion blender or food processor to blend until smooth
  8. The soup can be served warm or cold
  9. If needed / desired, heat soup over medium heat (don’t boil), for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently
  10. 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!

Cheers³

Reni

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