Maybe Brussel sprouts weren’t on your greens list for starting a post-holidays detox, but I’m about to turn those feelings around, with this creamy, comforting soup, flavoured with Ayurvedic spices to kick start your metabolism and help your body cells cleanse naturally. Now, the reason your mom so desperately wanted you to eat those Brussels sprouts, is because of their exceptional nutritional content.
Just one cup of Brussels sprouts offers over 240% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin K, and over 120% vitamin C. There are so many other nutrients which meet between 15-20% of your daily intake including folate, manganese, fiber, vitamin B1 & B6 and copper.
So what does this mean for your overall health? Well you’ll get a huge intake of nutrients that help to detoxify the body, which along with the fiber content found in Brussels sprouts, helps to flush these toxins out of your system. Because there is such a high intake of vitamin C, this acts as a powerful antioxidant, which has been shown to halt the growth of cancer cells. The overall protective properties of antioxidants have been of great interest in our modern day society, given their powerful ability to fight disease.
The importance of detoxifying your system, comes down to just how vital it is to remove inflammation from the body. Inflammation being the exact environment in which disease is borne. With the amount of toxins and unknown chemicals in our food and environment, they all eventually take a toll on the body in the form of inflammation.
In this soup, I’ve added turmeric powder given that it’s one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory agents known to man. I’ll add that you don’t need very much turmeric, in order to reap in its many health benefits. Turmeric has its own very powerful antioxidants, which when coupled with Brussels sprouts, makes for some of the most nourishing foods you can consume.
Turmeric is powerful enough to treat cancer, increase cognitive function and lower your risk of heart disease. By adding black pepper and cayenne pepper into the soup, this helps to better absorb turmeric throughout the body.
Overall, this soup will go a long way in improving your overall energy and health. By removing unwanted toxins and inflammation, your body can be given the opportunity to function optimally with no shortage of vitality. This soup is a great accompaniment for any detox plan.
- 2 cups Brussels sprouts, trimmed, cut into halves
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 1 small carrot, diced
- ½ small cauliflower head, cut into florets
- 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tsp grated ginger
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ cup full fat coconut milk
- 3 cups low sodium vegetable soup
- ½ tsp pink Himalayan salt
- ½ lemon, juice only
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tsp hemp hearts
- To garnish: lightly toasted pine nuts
- Add the onion, garlic, carrot, celery and spices into a medium soup pot, drizzle with a teaspoon water and cook (water fry) over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the vegetable soup and coconut milk, and bring to boil over medium heat.
- Simmer for 15 minutes over low heat, then add the Brussels sprouts and cauliflower and simmer for 5 more minutes (to preserve most of their nutrients).
- Transfer into the blender, together with the lime juice, hemp hearts and chopped parsley, and process to obtain a creamy liquid.
- Season with salt and pepper, divide into serving bowls, garnish with toasted pine nuts and serve warm.