I got rained on for the first time the other day riding my bike to the beach. Definitely the first of many I think. I guess there are prices to pay when you live in Paradise! I only have a bike, so I ride it everywhere, including to and from work. Luckily I work in a kitchen with a bunch of sweaty guys anyway so it is OK that I show up drenched in sweat… Riding my bike has been a great workout for me though! I forces me to workout, which is perfect for my type of personality… I know if that is not your case, it can be hard to find time or motivation to workout, I had the same problem. If that is how you feel, this is a recipe for you!
Remember in my Detox Blueberry Fruit Smoothie post I mentioned the cleanse I did? Well here is the core of the cleanse- a mean, lean, green fighting machine. This soup is all vegetables and herbs blanched, then pureed into a healthy, low-cal, detoxifying soup. If you are not doing a cleanse this soup is delicious with salt, pepper and a little bit of parmesan cheese. It also makes a great snack to curb your mid-day hunger. If you are interested in the cleanse I did, it is a two-week cleanse that is much healthier and safer than some of the other cleanses. It was the MasterCleanse, but I didn’t buy the product. I just used the method that their cleanse uses; you being by cutting out one food group daily until you are only eating vegetables (the soup). You eat this soup for three days (as much as you want!) with lots of lemon water, then switch off days re-introducing each food group into your diet to see how it affects your body.
- 1 lb green beans
- 8 celery sticks
- 4 lb zucchini
- 2 bunches spinach
- 1 yellow onion
- 5 cloves garlic
- 1 bunch basil
- 1 bunch parsley
- Steam green beans, celery and zucchini until very soft, about 15 minutes.
- Add onion, spinach and garlic and cook for 5 miuntes.
- If you desire a very thick soup, drain excess water.
- Add parsley and basil and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.