I love this soup mainly because the rich texture feels and tastes much more decadent than it is but also because the fat from the cashews helps increase absorption of beta-carotene from the sweet potatoes. Beta-carotene is lauded for sharpening eyesight, and it’s a key player in a healthy immune system. The ground red pepper and fresh cilantro add just the right amount of kick and freshness to excite your palate.
Nutrition per serving: 187 calories, 4 g protein, 37 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 3 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 299 mg sodium
I love this stew! The blended base gets its spice from simple red-pepper flakes, and the body comes from chickpeas, a reliable pantry basic in the Splendid Spoon kitchen— but there’s nothing basic about this stew. Hemp-seed provides a complete set of amino acids to give your body every building block it needs to fuel the strengthening of its muscles. (And hopefully you’re moving them more and more as you deepen your connection to souping and invite the mantras and movements into your daytime routine.) I really enjoy the fresh morsels of broccoli, but this flavor is easily transformed into a full-on puree. I’ve been known to puree the leftovers of this soup for a spicy breakfast. It’s interesting how a change in texture can transform the whole experience of a soup, isn’t it?
Without a doubt the most popular flavor in the Soup Cleanse, this soup is loaded with fiber and hearty protein, with green lentils to fill you up and keep you going strong. Lacinato kale is packed with folate for your brain, lutein for your eyes, and alpha-linolenic acid for your heart. A sprinkle of Madras curry completes the delicious goodness of this soup!
Nutrition per serving: 471 calories, 31 g protein, 78 g carbs, 20 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 6 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 860 mg sodium
Everyone loves talking about Lacinato kale, also called dinosaur kale, because its deep green, pebbly leaves are so beautiful to look at. But curly kale has its merits, too. I prefer it in this stew because the curly parts of the kale embrace whatever comes near it, be it the coconut milk– laced broth, bits of ginger, or little flecks of hot pepper. Stews are such a welcome part of a soup cleanse because they really remind you that soup can be a varied textural experience, as well. Nothing like bits of spicy ginger or creamy coconut broth to surprise you in all the right ways.