5 Best and Simple Home Made Soups for Good Digestion

If your sluggish system needs a warmer kind of TLC than green juice this winter (hey, it happens), it’s time to try a soup cleanse, say Angela Blatteis and Vivienne Vella. The founders of the first soup-cleanse-only shop in Los Angeles, Soupure, are at the forefront of the souping movement. In January, they went national, shipping their popular nutrient-rich soup cleanses around the country, and releasing their first book, The Soup Cleanse.



Why soup? 

The duo like its fiber, which recent studies show is key to gut health (and may play a role in cancer prevention), and which juicing typically removes. The fiber content in soups helps prevent the blood sugar spikes you get with juicing, say Blatteis and Vella, who partnered with chefs and nutritionists to come up with The Soup Cleanse recipes.

So you’re less likely to throw your metabolism out of whack (which can lead to weight gain) or inspire the need to binge, the founders point out, because, you’re getting massive clown-car levels of veggies in each sip.

“If you took all of the ingredients in one of our cleanses and put them on a plate in whole food form, it would be difficult to finish them all. Souping offers a way to pack in all that nutrition your body needs in a more efficient way,” say Blatteis and Vella.

In fact, The Soup Cleanse recipes are quite filling for, well, a cleanse (while being free of dairy, gluten, processed soy, and refined sugars)—think Pumpkin Miso, Creamy Carrot Ginger, and Spring Pea.


1. Vegetable Soup

Ingredients:


  • One carrot
  • One onion
  • White cabbage
  • One fresh cucumber
  • 3-4 tomatoes
  • 1/2 peppers
  • Salt to taste


Procedure:



  • First clean and cut all the vegetables.
  • Then start the vegetables in the pot according to the following: 1st – carrot, 2nd – onion, 3rd – cabbage, 4th – cucumber, 5th – tomatoes, 6th – pepper.
  • Cover the pot and let the vegetables suck in their juice in a small fire for 25-30 minutes. If necessary, add some water. Shake the pot regularly.
  • Pour the boiling water into the pot, soak it, bring it to boil, and turn it off.
  • The soup is ready – you can decorate it with dill, parsley, and cream.



2. Dairy vegetable soup

Ingredients:


  • 1 liter of milk
  • 400 ml of water
  • 400 g of potatoes
  • 400 g of cauliflower
  • 100 g of carrot
  • 300 g of green peas
  • 20 g of butter of salt


Procedure:


  • Cut the carrots into cubes and fry it with half butter.
  • Divide the cauliflower into smaller pieces.
  • Clean and cut potatoes into small cubes.
  • Grab the milk and remove the foam from the surface.
  • Bring the water to the boil, soak it, add the potatoes, the cauliflower and, later, the carrot.
  • Boil in a weaker flame and after 15 minutes, add milk and cook until all is soft.
  • Finally, add the green peas, cover the pot and leave the cooker for 15 minutes.


3. Meatballs soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 liters of water
  • 200 g of ground meat
  • 100 g of carrot
  • 300 g of potatoes
  • 100 of rice
  • 40 g of green onion
  • Salt, pepper, and herbs according to taste
  • bay leaf


Procedure:

  • Allow the pot to grip the water and put the grated carrot with the potatoes in it.
  • From the minced meat, shape the balls.
  • When the potatoes are ready, add meatballs, rice, bay leaf, salt and pepper to the soup.
  • Add the chopped green onions and herbs to the end.
  • Enjoy your meal!



4. Cheese soup

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 liters of water
  • 100 g of melted cheese
  • One medium-sized carrot
  • One medium-sized onion
  • 4 medium potatoes


Procedure:

  • Clean the potatoes, cut them into small pieces, pour them with water and cook.
  • Remove the carrots, chop the onions and season with vegetable oil.
  • Add carrots with onion and cheese to the potatoes.
  • Mix everything and wait until the cheese completely melted. Cook for 30 minutes.
  • Done!


5. Cheese soup with meat

Ingredients:

  • 400 g chicken breasts
  • Two potatoes
  • One big carrot
  • 180 g cheese
  • 2 liters of broth
  • herb of water
  • Bunch of bay leaves,
  • Spices
  • Salt and pepper according to taste



Procedure:

  • Cut chicken breasts into medium sized cubes.
  • Clean the potatoes with cubes and carrots on the wheels.
  • Fry the meat in a pan with a small amount of olive oil.
  • Prepare the broth, and add a bay leaf, new spice and chicken breast to it.
  • Reduce flame and cook for 7-10 minutes.
  • Add the carrot and cook an extra 10-15 minutes.
  • After the time has passed, add the melted cheese and mix to make the cheese melt.
  • Season, pepper, and season with herbs. Mix and remove from the stove and serve!


best digestion vegetable soups

Soup for Good Digestion


Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage that contains natural probiotics. These probiotics are particularly helpful for maintaining a healthy balance in your gut flora between the ”good” and ”bad” gut bacteria. Probiotic-rich foods help to feed your good bacteria, which can reduce bloating, gas, and other lower gastrointestinal discomforts. 

You can add one to two tablespoons of sauerkraut as a condiment to the side of eggs, meat, chicken, fish, or vegetables. Look for ”raw” sauerkraut in a glass jar that is kept in the refrigerator. The refrigeration helps preserve more of the healthy probiotic bacteria. Some other probiotic-rich foods to consider are coconut kefir (fermented dairy) and kimchi (pickled vegetables).

Bitters are not a familiar flavor or food group for most Western cultures. They help to stimulate several organs in the body, including the pancreas, gallbladder, stomach, and liver. Some bitters foods that you can try are dandelion root, arugula, radicchio, and raw cocoa. Bitters also come in tincture form and can be taken before meals to help with digestion.

Bone Broth

Bone broth has been used for centuries to support digestion and immune function. There are a variety of different bone broths that you can use, including chicken, beef, and fish. It is similar to a traditional chicken (or beef or fish) stock, but it is prepared in a different way. 

Learn all about the preparation and how to make your own broth here, or purchase it at a health food store. You will know that it is a bone broth if the container’s contents are gelatinous at room temperature instead of liquid. When you heat up the broth it becomes liquid-like a soup. It is the collagen that is excreted from the bones of the animals that helps to heal the gut lining. Drink one to three cups of broth per day on its own or mix it with another soup.

Water

Water is vital for so many essential functions in the body and is especially important for digestion. Staying hydrated helps to soften the stool to facilitate proper elimination. Dehydration is one of the most common causes of chronic constipation. 

If you experience any form of constipation, a great place to start is by increasing your water intake. If you have a hard time drinking water by itself, you can add lemon and/or cucumber to create an infused water for more flavor. Eating fruits and vegetables as part of your everyday diet will help to increase your water intake as well.

Vegetables and Leafy Greens

Vegetables and leafy greens contain insoluble fiber that supports healthy elimination. If you experience loose stools, experiment with eating cooked vegetables instead of raw vegetables to see if it helps to regulate your bowel movements. Dark leafy greens, spirulina, and sea vegetables also contain magnesium, which helps to support elimination.

Ginger

Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that help to sooth the digestive tract. It also serves as an anti-nausea agent for chemotherapy-induced nausea and for motion sickness. Ginger comes in two different forms: fresh ginger root or powdered ginger spice. Some ways that you can add ginger to your diet is by drinking ginger tea, or adding it to smoothies or stir-fry dishes.


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