Spring is in the air Beauties! I don’t know about you, but spring reminds me of flower blossoms, spring cleaning, and delightful recipes! Traditionally we talk about spring as the perfect time to clean your home. Similarly, it is a perfect time to do some internal cleansing too! For that reason, one of my favorite things to do in spring is to enjoy this Spring Green Minestrone Soup recipe. Loaded with antioxidants, protein, magensium and calcium this soup is one that will help you get your body into some deep spring body cleaning!
It doesn’t matter if it is spring, summer, winter or fall. I have to admit, I just love soup all year round. It is a perfect nutrient-packed food that is easier for the body to digest. Though, I don’t recommend having just any old soup. Soups with loads of sodium and digest disaster dairy are definitely a no-no. When you are looking for a great soup to make, seek out recipes that call for a variety of fresh seasonal produce and light broths. This way you are set to get a loaded variety of nutrients in every bite. Soups, like my Spring Green Minestrone Soup recipe, is an energy-packed, easily digestible option!
Spring Into Clean Energy
Beauties, the time of year has come that I urge you to wake up. Spring is upon us all. All of nature is supporting you in cleansing right now. Literally. We see the newness in the budding flowers and perky new leaves out in nature, or in the local parks if you’re a city person! Ayurveda teaches us this is the season to cleanse. And it all lines up so intuitively with the natural urges you might have been feeling the past few weeks to bust out, clean out and be your best!
Cleaning out the house is not just for your body, but it is also for your mind. The more internal blockages we have, the less we feel our absolute best. When our bodies are cleansed, our minds become more clear. This further allows us to strengthen our focus and work towards achieving our larger goals! So whatever your hit list of things is that you want to achieve, now is the time to transform and get yourself there.
This is also the time for deep transformation. If you are wanting to create more glowing skin, boost your energy, get rid of stubborn fat, or banish brain fog, get on my 30 Day Roadmap. Remember we all have so much more power than we know, all within us. And spring is the time to take action and achieve those goals!
Gather In Your Green Veggies
One of the best ways to do some internal cleansing is by rotating in a variety of healthy green vegetables to your diet. As in my Spring Green Minestrone Soup recipe, green veggies like broccoli, asparagus, peas, and spinach are perfect for providing us with all the antioxidants, minerals, fiber and protein that we need. Do you know that an incredible 95% of our body’s activities involve minerals? It’s true! This is why I’ve incorporated a variety of greens that are loaded with nutrients into this recipe. Now let me give you a little more detail about why these greens are so amazing!
Greens #1: Broccoli
One of the star ingredients in my Spring Green Minestrone Soup recipe is broccoli. This veggie really deserves more attention than people give it. Do you know broccoli happens to contain all three types of antioxidants? It’s loaded with vitamins, minerals and phytonutriens. All the things that we can use extra of these days! Antioxidants work powerfully together to help fight free radicals throughout the body. They ward off cell damage and boost our immune systems.
Think of it like this. If broccoli entered into a nutrition contest, it would come home with numerous awards! Coming in third place for your best source of vitamin C and 10th place for your best source of vitamin E. It might even show up for 16th place as your best source of vitamin A. Cha-ching! Broccoli is and always will be a winning vegetable in my eyes.
Greens #2: Asparagus
Second up, for my Spring Green Minestrone Soup recipe, is asparagus. Now Beauties, not only is asparagus a springtime seasonal veggie, but it is also a wonderful plant-based food source of amino acids, fiber and vitamins.
Amino acids are the building blocks we need to make proteins in our bodies. As you continue to eat more plant-based, I am sure you get the same old question we all do. “Where do you get your protein from?” This idea that you can only get your protein from animal products is so not true. Your body uses amino acids to make a complete protein. And lucky for you, there are nine essential amino acids that are abundant in plant foods like asparagus. These nine essential amino acids are phenylalanine, valine, lysine, leucine, isoleucine, tryptophan, threonine, histidine, and methionine. And research indicates that eating a variety of plant foods over the course of a day can provide you with all the essential amino acids we need.
Besides adding amino acids into our diets, asparagus is a beautiful source of fiber. Fiber, as we all know, is the key to our cleansing journey. And that same thing goes with vitamins! This unique earthy flared veggie is a great source of vitamin A and vitamin K. These added benefits asparagus is why I am always looking for more ways to include it into my diet!
Greens #3: Peas
Next up on my list of spring green veggies are peas. I enjoy peas so much that I actually included two varieties in my Spring Green Minestrone Soup recipe. English peas and Sugar snap peas are both full of robust flavor that comes to life in this soup.
As I mentioned above, many of us have been conditioned to think that protein is associated with animal foods. But that is so not true! Whole plant foods like peas are great sources too! One cup of peas provides you with 8 full grams of protein. And remember, on average women only need 46 grams a day.
Besides the protein, peas provide us with a crucial mineral so many of us are lacking, magnesium. Do you know that magnesium actually opens up 300 different detoxification pathways in the body? It is a key mineral for keeping our bowels regular. Therefore it is a crucial mineral for our ongoing cleaning.
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Greens #4: Spinach
Last but not least let me give a quick highlight to spinach. Because well it’s too fun to not share a thing or two about this mighty fine green! One thing that I am sure many people do not associate spinach with is calcium. And well Beauties, I am sure you hear all too often about your need to get in calcium if you aren’t having dairy products. Don’t be fooled looking at labels of how much calcium dairy products contain.
As you eat more greens in your diet you are also shifting your body into a greater alkaline state. And when you are in an alkaline state, your body is able to keep calcium and other alkaline minerals intact in the body. The best sources of calcium are dark leafy greens like spinach! So give yourself an extra serving of calcium and go ahead and have seconds of my Spring Green Minestrone Soup. I promise your body will thank you for it!!
I hope I’ve given you enough reason to move this soup recipe up in the rotation of your cooking. By eating my Spring Green Minestrone Soup, you will receive so many nutrients in abundance Beauty. You will deeply cleanse your body while at the same time fill it with goodness!
- 2 Tbs. coconut oil oil
- ½ fennel bulb, thinly sliced
- 2 leeks, thinly sliced
- 2 sage leaves, finely chopped
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. thyme
- 8 cups of vegetable broth
- 1 cup of broccoli, finely chopped
- 1 bunch of asparagus, chopped
- 1 cup of cannellini beans
- ½ cup of fresh English peas, removed from their pod (or if hard to source, frozen is okay)
- ½ cup of sugar snap peas
- 2 cups of fresh spinach
- ½ lemon, juiced
- Sea salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Nutritional yeast, to taste
- Heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil on medium in a large soup pot. Add in fennel, leeks, sage leaves and spices and cook for about 5 minutes.
- Add in vegetable broth, broccoli, asparagus, beans, and peas. Bring soup to a simmer and partially cover. Cook for about 10 minutes.
- Stir in spinach and lemon juice and let simmer for 3 more minutes.
- Serve in your favorite soup bowls.
- Add sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, and nutritional yeast to taste.