Breakfast isn't the only thing you can make in your blender!
Raw soup has got to be the worlds quickest and healthiest fast food. It works perfectly as an appetizer or a light meal, and I love it because it just feels like pure goodness. If I'm recovering from something, or don't feel like a big dinner, or simply had a long day and don't feel like preparing food, making a green veggie soup is about a zillion times better than succumbing to takeaways! It's also the perfect thing to follow a juice cleanse.
Any blender will work, but a high speed blender is awesome because it will gently heat your soup to about 50 degrees C as it blends. This means you don't need to heat it on the stove, saving time, dishes and protecting the precious heat sensitive vitamins and enzymes that make this soup so full of goodness. If you don't have a high speed blender (like a Vitamix or an Optimum), you can blend and place it in a sauce pan over low heat for a few minutes until it reaches a temp just warm enough to enjoy.
This soup is alkalizing, detoxifying and absolutely nourishing for the body and soul. It'll make enough for 3-4 servings, and can be kept in the fridge for 2 - 3 days.
1 small avocado
1 small zucchini, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cups spinach or baby kale
1/2 green capsicum
1 tbsp onion, chopped
1 small clove garlic
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/2 cup fresh coriander
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/4 cup raw almonds (ideally soaked over night and rinsed)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 cups water
Pinch Cayenne pepper (optional)
If you have a high speed blender, place all the ingredients in the jug and blend to desired consistency and warmth. This can take between 4 and 6 minutes. If you have a regular blender, whizz your ingredients till smooth, place in a sauce pan and gently warm over low heat until just warm enough to enjoy (about 50 degrees C).
A few more soup-in-a-blender tips:
Let the creativity flowwww! Grab the veggies in your fridge and have a go. Make it creamy with homemade plant-based milks, raw cashews or avocado; and thicken it up with steamed potatoes, pumpkin or kumara. You can add spices, herbs, garlic, onions, and other veggies to create creamy, healthful bowls of goodness. In summer you can make the base with fresh tomatoes, red wine vinegar, olive oil, cucumber etc.... (did someone say gazpacho?)
Need a high speed blender? I use and recommend the Optimum 9400
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