There is nothing like that feeling when you first notice a change in your body after starting a new healthy lifestyle plan. And I don’t just mean the first visible changes, although that’s a rewarding feeling too.
I’m talking about the first time you wake up a few days into a clean eating plan and your whole body just feels clean. You feel focused, energized, and light, like your body is functioning at its peak level.
Whether you’re just starting out on your healthy lifestyle journey or getting back on track after the holidays, this whole-body feeling is one of the first signs you’re doing something right. I usually first notice this clean, energized feeling 3-5 days into a clean eating plan, and recipes like this Flush the Fat Away Lentil and Vegetable Soup are a great way to get there fast.
Lentil and vegetable soups are a must for any clean eating detox. Loaded with clean ingredients that help support your body’s natural detoxification process, this recipe is a perfect way to jumpstart any new health and wellness plan.
Now, you’ve probably heard of lentils as a detoxing agent in other recipes before. But what exactly about them makes them so powerful?
The answer may be more simple than you think. All it really comes down to is maintaining healthy digestion. Lentils are high in protein and fiber, which are both crucial to efficient digestion. So there’s really no magic here! Lentils just help your body do what it’s supposed to do more effectively.
Unfortunately, so many of us have slowed down our system with poor diets and eating habits. Getting your body’s natural detoxing processes back on track is crucial to any diet or wellness plan, and these detoxing ingredients are here to help.
Lentils may be the star of the show here, but they’re hardly the only detoxing agents in this recipe. This Flush the Fat Away Lentil and Vegetable soup packs tons of other ingredients that help your body reach top efficiency, including:
- Sweet Potato
- Green Chiles
All of these wholesome, nutrient-dense ingredients help your body flush out unwanted junk. These super healthy (not to mention tasty) ingredients work with your body to keep things humming at a healthy speed.
Now, last but not least, this recipe also features two important microgreens:
- Swiss Chard
Not familiar with microgreens? Basically, they’re immature greens that pack even more nutritional value than their full-grown counterparts. For more info on these super nutrient-dense greens, check out this article.
In this recipe, superfoods like quinoa and lentils combine with delicious veggies and microgreens for a powerful detoxing soup. This recipe will get you back on track fast and leave you feeling light and energized.
But the best part? This hearty soup has the warm, comforting flavor of your favorite home cooked vegetable soup. Healthy, hearty, and flavorful, this soup is perfect for “flushing the fat away,” or just warming up on a cold winter night.
If you like this Flush the Fat Away Lentil and Vegetable Soup, try these other delicious detoxing recipes:
Watch this video to see how to make the recipe:
Yields: 10 servings | Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups | Calories: 262 | Total Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 165mg | Carbohydrates: 44g | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Protein: 13g| SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3
- 2 cups dry lentils, rinsed
- 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
- 2 carrots, shredded
- 1 sweet potato, cut into bite size pieces
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 5 cups vegetable broth, low-sodium (no sugar added)
- 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chilis
- 2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, (more to taste)
- 2 cups torn and packed chard (center stem removed),
- 1 avocado, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- Add all ingredients, except last three (chard, avocado, and cilantro), to a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a low-boil and cover, leave the lid slighly ajar.
- Cook until lentils and quinoa are tender, about 30 minutes.
- Add torn swiss card and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes.
- Serve and top with diced avocado and chopped cilantro.