If you have ever tried a juice cleanse before but have found that your food cravings got the better of you then perhaps the Soup Cleanse Diet could be a better alternative?
It seems as though the health and weight loss community are going wild for this latest trend, but how does it work? Can it really help you to achieve your weight loss goals?
What is the Soup Cleanse Diet?
Basically, the Soup Cleanse Diet involves swapping your usual meals with soup. While there are companies that sell the soups, you can easily create your own.
This diet is aimed at those looking to kick-start their weight loss efforts, as it will reduce the overall number of calories you consume, yet will not leave you feeling hungry.
Soups, if prepared correctly, are full of nutrients so offer various health benefits too. They are also low in sugar, and full of filling fibre, unlike their smoothie alternatives that are often full of added sugars.
How is the Soup Cleanse Diet better than juicing?
In the past juicing became incredibly popular with those looking to lose a few quick pounds, while also boosting their overall health.
Unfortunately these juicing diets did not fill you up as well as soup can. This is due to a lack of fibre found in the juices.
Soups are typically made from vegetables, which are a good source of fibre that can not only fill you up, but can keep you feeling full too. Fibre is slow to digest after-all.
Fibre is also useful for aiding your digestion too, so you wont be storing too much of that waste material and toxins within your body. This can therefore help your overall gut health, and promote a good immune system.
How to get started on the Soup Cleanse Diet?
There are 2 options available to you if you want to get started on the Soup Cleanse Diet.
First you could order online, there are a few companies that have started offering their own soup cleanses.
Or you could make you own, just make sure to keep the homemade soup low in salt and sugar.
An example recipe can be found below:
Homemade Vegan Miso Broth Recipe
This soup is full of various nutrients and minerals your body needs. For example B vitamins, vitamin K and E, as well as calcium, iron and potassium.
- 1 package of dried seaweed (wakame or arame is a great option for soups)
- 12 cups cold, filtered water
- 3 heaping tablespoons white miso
- 3 large carrots, roughly chopped
- ½ cup leek, roughly chopped
- 1 onion, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon sea salt, to taste
- 1-inch piece of ginger
- Firstly soak the seaweed for 2 hours until soft. Then drain and rinse well. Seaweed is often full of dirt.
- You should then add all of the ingredients (except the miso) to a large sauce pan, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
- Finally, add the miso and stir well. Let the broth simmer for a few more minutes and serve.
Perhaps if you are fed up of juicing and are looking for a more satisfying alternative you could give it a try.