I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for inspirational weight-loss foods. Sometimes it’s to kick-start a new weight-loss plan, and other times it’s my go-to meal after a weekend of indulgence. That’s where this flush the fat away vegetable soup comes in. This recipe is perfect to have in your back pocket for any such occasions. It’s chock full of nutrients and it’s perfect for detoxing. Surprisingly, unlike some other detox soups I’ve had, this soup is actually comforting and tastes great!
All of the ingredients for this flush the fat away vegetable soup were specifically chosen for their ability to work together to get your body in tip-top shape. It’s basically a superfood soup packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Together, they aid in flushing toxins away from your body, making it a powerful tool if you’re following a detox plan. And, while it flushes those toxins, it also takes the fat with it. Talk about a safe, effective, and healthy way to make healthy lifestyle changes!
Nutritional Powerhouse Ingredients
You’ll love the flavors of the sweet potato, spinach, garlic, carrots, and tomatoes – but, we didn’t just add them in there for the way they taste. What these ingredients are doing is restoring acid-alkaline and sodium-potassium balance to the body’s organs and glands. Simultaneously, while it’s boosting up your internal organs, it’s also flushing out all the bad toxins. The end result is the perfection combination of adding nutrients and removing fat.
It’s really a bonus that these superfood ingredients actually come together to make a really comforting treat. Like I said earlier, I’ve had some detox soups that really don’t taste all that great. I actually find myself making this soup even when I’m not planning to detox – just because it tastes so good!
The beans and the sweet potatoes are nice and soft, adding sweet and earthy tones to the broth. Then, the spinach comes in with a green burst of flavor and adds a nice counterbalancing texture. Finally, the tomatoes (if you’re using them) add body to the broth and amp up the savory flavors overall. Comfort food made healthy? Yup, we pulled it off with this flush the fat away vegetable soup!
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*nutrition data, not including olive oil or diced tomatoes Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 1 1/4 cup | Calories: 228 | Total Fat: 2 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 1 mg | Sodium: 75 mg | Carbohydrates: 41 g | Dietary Fiber: 9 g | Sugars: 4 g | Protein: 12 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 7 |
*nutrition data includes optional diced tomatoes Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 1-1/4 cup | Calories: 237 | Previous Points: 4 | Points Plus: 5 | Total Fat: 2 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 1 mg | Sodium: 75 mg | Carbohydrates: 43 g | Dietary Fiber: 9 g | Sugars: 5 g | Protein: 12 g
*nutrition data includes optional 1/2 teaspoon olive oil per serving and diced tomatoes Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 1-1/4 cup | Calories: 253 | Total Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 1 mg | Sodium: 75 mg | Carbohydrates: 43 g | Dietary Fiber: 9 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 12 g | SmartPoints: 7
- 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1" cubes
- 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Pinch of Kosher or sea salt, more or less to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 (15 ounce) cans navy beans, drained and rinsed (optional, black beans)
- 4 cups vegetable broth, low-sodium
- 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes (no salt added), *this is an optional ingredient
- 4 cups baby spinach, loosely packed (optional, 2 zucchini, sliced)
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, optional, for serving (1/2 teaspoon per serving)
- Add all ingredients, except spinach and olive oil, to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours, or until the vegetables are tender. Add spinach, stir and continue cooking just until wilted, approximately 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy! (1 Serving Per Night if doing the 3 Day Cleanse & Detox)
- Tip: If you prefer a thicker soup, after 5 hours of cooking, simply remove 1 cup of soup, along with ingredients, mash ingredients with a fork, return to the slow cooker, stir and continue cooking 1 to 3 hours. When serving, drizzle a little (optional) olive oil over each bowl of soup.
- Note: Olive oil helps the body absorb nutrients more efficiently and supports a healthy digestive system.
- Stovetop Method: Follow the same instructions above for prep, cover, and simmer until veggies are tender, approximately 2 hour. Stir every 15 minutes to prevent sticking. Add spinach at the end of cooking time, remove from heat, cover and allow spinach to wilt before serving.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published March 19, 2013, and has been updated.