Detox Veggie Soup


I have made peace with the indulging I do over the holidays. I no longer feel like a failure for sampling more than one (vegan) Christmas cookie at a holiday soiree, and accept that some actual sugar (gasp!) might enter my bloodstream.

It’s not worth beating myself up over something that brings me joy—-(yes, the taste of a good old-fashioned Christmas cookie does bring me joy!). And it’s especially not worth beating myself up over something that is so temporary. A little sugar won’t ruin your body or your life, and the next day is the perfect time to get back on track.

So you’re probably expecting a decadent cookie recipe, right? Actually, not this time (but stay tuned). Instead, I want to show you a favorite soup I make to detox from those occasional indulgences. It’s light, full of veggies, and has a healthy dose of spice to kick-start your metabolism.

Healthy dinners during the week make the holiday treats on the weekend all the more sweet. : )

Detox Veggie Soup

Adapted from Oh She Glows

1 medium yellow onion

1 tsp olive oil (or high heat oil of your choice)

2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp each: cinnamon, coriander

pinch ground cloves

2 bell peppers, chopped (I used yellow and red)

4 carrots, chopped

1 large zucchini, chopped

4 cups veggie broth

1 can diced tomatoes

a few sprigs of parsley, chopped

3 cups mixed greens (I used a mix of chopped kale and spinach)

1/2 small lemon (just the juice)

salt + red pepper, to taste

Heat your oil in a large soup pot. Add your chopped onion and garlic. Then stir in the cinnamon, coriander, and a pinch salt and cloves. Mix until onion is translucent. Add the veggie broth, can of tomatoes, and chopped veggies. Simmer over low-medium heat for 15-20 minutes (check to see when veggies become tender). Now add your mixed greens, turning the heat to low, and stir the greens until they wilt. Squeeze the lemon juice, and add your salt and red pepper flakes. Lastly, top with parsley.

Serve, feel super healthy, reset your system. Enjoy!


Do you embrace holiday indulging? Do you like to eat healthy during the week and share celebratory food on the weekend? What’s your favorite go-to “detox” dinner recipe?

10 thoughts on “Detox Veggie Soup

  1. Laura S says:

    UGH my pores are practically screaming out for this soup, not because I’ve been overindulging – I’ve actually been really good on the clean eating front for the past week, maybe a little less over the weekend but whatever – but because I want to detox out a) this stuffy nose that won’t go away, and b) academic stress. Oh, academic stress… *grinds teeth*
    I’ll let you know how it goes, it sounds really good! :)
    – Laura

  2. Allison says:

    Remind me to tell you about the awesome panel on disability/biopolitics I went to at ASA (with Mel Chen!). One of the presenters said something great about how we should all go eat cake. No self-flagellation for joy!

  3. Gabby @ the veggie nook says:

    That’s such a great attitude towards holiday treats! I myself have a similar philosophy. I find that when you try and deny yourself those little treats while everyone around you is indulging, you don’t enjoy yourself nearly as much and feel separate (being vegan already does this enough!). And isn’t the point of the holidays to be all full of happiness and togetherness? Great post my dear :)

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