Health trends are always evolving. What’s hot one year fades the next year. In the recent years, we have seen the rise of the gluten-free diet, and the popularity of juicing. Now the hottest (literally) diet and nutrition rising trend appears to be souping.
What is souping? Souping is the latest detox trend. Similar to juicing, it is pretty much just drinking the liquid for your desired number of days to jumpstart your digestion, strength your immune system and get rid of all the junk.
I must admit that I am a juice lover. My Nutribullet is my favorite kitchen gadget, commonly making green juices for breakfast and occasionally going on a three day juicing cleanse when I want to clear my system and get back to healthy.
And for me it really works. I feel lighter and healthier, sleep better at night, have more energy and overall feel good after juicing. And lately I have been on a super soup kick—because well, yea it’s cold outside and I was getting over a cold.
Souping is like the next level of juicing. What makes it different is it its perfect health jumpstart for the winter. Soups make you feel full and warm when it’s cold outside, triggering your digestive system compared to cold drinks.
Some health experts also say that souping could be healthier than juicing since soups contain more fiber, essential for cleaning the walls of your intestines and stabilizing blood sugar without lots of calories. Plus when you juice, some of the nutrients from your fruits and veggies get left behind, whereas in soup, you consume these ingredients whole.
A souping cleanse is just like a juice cleanse where the only thing you eat is vegetable-rich soups and water. The company who is credited with starting the trend is Los Angeles-based Soupure claims that a souping diet will make your skin glow and increase energy and vitality.
It’s recommended to soup for one, three, or five days; however, you can also do a mini cleanse where you substitute one meal for three days with soup. Soups can be served hot or cold, but the cleanses tend to be expensive. One day costs $79, but is only available for those local. Shipping elsewhere could cost up to $60.
You could, of course, just make your own healthy soups for a homemade cleanse while you wait for more souping shops to open.
Since it’s National Sweet Potato month, you could make the delicious sweet potato soup recipe I wrote about, or opt for detoxifying soup recipes like Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Kale from Yoga Journal.
Try the Cucumber Mint Soup, which includes mint, chives, garlic, lemon and nonfat yogurt. Combine 1 ½ pound of peeled and chopped cucumbers, 1 cup chopped mint, ¼ cup of chives and 2 tsp. of chopped garlic in a blender until smooth. Pour the cucumber mix in a bowl and whisk in 1 ¼ nonfat yogurt, ½ tsp. lemon juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper and chill in fridge for 2-4 hours.
Recently I had Butternut squash and Apple soup from Au Bon Pain the other day for lunch, which was to die for, but typically I am a tomato soup kinda gal. But looks like I might hop on this new souping trend bandwagon and try this cleanse before the winter ends.
Are you a soup lover? Have you tried the souping cleanse?