Delicious and comforting, soups are in
The Soup Cleanse
A Revolutionary Detox of Nourishing Soups and Healing Broths from the Founders of Soupure
by Angela Blatteis, Vivienne Vella
Grand Central Publishing
Pub Date: December 29, 2015
Souping is the new juicing!
THE SOUP CLEANSE brings the hottest new detox trend to readers nationwide with a body-shaping program and delicious recipes from the founders of Soupure, the LA-based soup company at the forefront of this new movement that has been featured on Good Day LA and The Doctorsand in GOOP. Readers will lose weight, boost energy, and improve overall health as they sip nourishing soups and broths that purify the body while flooding it with much-needed nutrients. Unlike juicing and other cleanses, souping is a lifestyle, not a quick-fix solution, that allows readers to enjoy the healthy benefits of whole fruits and vegetables, including fiber, which is the key to true detoxing. Complete with meal plans, 50 delicious recipes, and beautiful photographs, THE SOUP CLEANSE provides readers with everything they need to recharge, rejuvenate, and reclaim their health--one sip at a time!
The Soup Cleanse is a book that makes a great deal of sense. Soups are a traditional, healing food. Every culture has recipes they regularly use that make use of a wide variety of vegetables , lean proteins, and whole grains. Cooking a soup slowly allows nutrients to be easily digested, without losing the valuable fiber. The fiber provides natural bulk vital for cleansing toxins from the colon. Unlike juices, soups do not produce a rapid leap in blood sugar. Soups also do not require special equipment.
One aspect of the book that is nice is that it offers a variety of options depending upon how involved you want to get. This is not a one size fits all regimen. Whether you want to go for a full cleanse or merely want to incorporate a few extra healthy meals a week, there are suggestions available.
The recipes look good. There is variety and plenty of use of seasonal produce. There are options for both vegetarians and meat eaters. Readers will also find the recipe for fruit and vegetable wash extremely helpful. Admittedly I found myself more drawn to buying already made soup, but I liked the ideas and how they were presented in The Soup Cleanse. I also liked how the book successfully avoided sounding like a sales spiel.
Even if you don't buy into everything presented, it makes a lot of sense to incorporate more soups into your diet. The key is to be aware of the ingredients and their quality, and the nutritional values. Soups are a great way to convince vegetable haters to try new vegetables and to get people to drink more fluids. They are also generally lower in calories and fat than other meal options of a similar serving size.
Blatteis and Vella have a winner in The Soup Cleanse. The book is informative and persuasive without bullying the reader into buying in lock, stock, and barrel. Hopefully there will be a companion cookbook, because I think more recipes would be helpful.
The Soup Cleanse is available for preorder and will be released December 29, 2015 - just in time for the new year.
I received a copy of The Soup Cleanse from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.