Go with my raw detox soup with beets for a cool and refreshing burst of energy and detox power. By keeping it raw you get all of its innate goodness delivered directly to your body and its antioxidants go to work right away to make you feel great.
I don’t know about you, but in the summertime I would do anything to avoid heating up and using the oven. When it comes to soups and purees the right ingredients can be turned into a creamy and delicious meal without the need of the stove top.
This raw soup made with beetroot is a perfect example. It has a gorgeous color to it, is creamy and has a lovely flavor that tastes out of this world, while still preserving all the amazing nutrients from beets. The hardest part of making it is waiting the hour for it to chill in the refrigerator!
You shouldn’t be afraid to use raw beets, just a little bit of apple cider vinegar and a pinch of salt will balance its earthy flavor. And with the right amount of processing, any blender will turn it into a fine puree. I always prefer consuming raw beets instead of cooked, because it’s the best way to take the maximum benefit of its antioxidant content.
If you haven’t already done so, investing in a quality blender is a great idea when you’re interested in following a detox diet. There are so many times that you’ll use it, between smoothies and soups like this that it will pay dividends both now and in the future in the form of good health.
With its unique combination of phytonutrients, beetroot could easily be called the king of detox foods. Its compounds are involved in both phases of detoxification, and also provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer support. Some of the nutrients are also available in beet greens, so you shouldn’t throw them away but instead add them to your soups, salads, and even smoothies.
Let’s get technical for a bit: The key detoxifying ingredient in beets is a phytonutrient called betalain, which acts as a trigger for the enzyme called glutathione-S-transferase. The toxins neutralized by the liver are attached to this enzyme, and guided out of the body. You can also rely on beets for getting a good dose of minerals like manganese, magnesium, and potassium, and also folate and fiber.
The secret ingredient for adding creaminess to any raw soup is avocado. It contains large amounts of healthy monounsaturated fats, essential for restoring the body’s cells and also for balanced hormone production. It is also loaded with fiber and minerals, and has a neutral taste which makes it the perfect choice for adding to raw dishes.
This soup makes a perfect pairing between the antioxidants in beets and the healthy fats of avocado, enabling a better absorption of the nutrients. It tastes delicious and because it is served chilled, this soup is a smart choice for a hot and humid summer night’s dinner.
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- 1 medium raw beet, peeled and cut into cubes
- ½ ripe avocado, peeled and cut into chunks
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2-3 fresh dill sprigs
- 5-6 fresh parsley leaves
- 1 tsp apple cider
- 1 tsp tamari
- 1 cup purified water
- 1 lime, juice only
- A pinch sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Mixed seeds and fresh dill leaves, to garnish
- Blend all ingredients, season with salt and pepper, refrigerate for at least one hour, then serve garnished with seeds and dill.
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