According to The Awesome Green, our liver, the master metabolizer, filters the entire blood volume every three minutes. How about that? All our organs have their special role, but it’s the liver that processes and neutralizes all the chemicals our body is exposed to, from our food, environment, or personal care products. In healthy diets or detox diets, when we consume appreciable quantities of vegetables and fruits, our cells receive high concentrations of potassium which flushes out excess water and toxins, creating an alkaline environment.
The toxins are then sent via the bloodstream to the liver, which neutralizes them for excretion either by the kidneys or through the colon, via the bile. During detox diets, lots of toxins are flushed out from our cells, so the liver is exposed to a greater pressure and needs to be stimulated to cope with the higher bile production. A healthy production of bile is essential for eliminating the toxins, so we should help the liver with key nutrients, such as fiber. Packed with vitamin A and fiber, this orange soup is the best choice for a detox dinner.
- ½ cup cooked red lentils
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut in cubes
- 3 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 parsnip, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 onion, peeled and cut in quarters
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- Pinch of chili powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth, warm
- ½ inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Fresh parsley, to garnish
- Heat the oven at 165°C/329°F.
- Line a baking sheet with baking paper, add the sweet potato, carrots, parsnip, onion, and garlic, season with salt, chili, turmeric, and cumin, add the coconut oil and toss to combine.
- Roast for 20 minutes then transfer into the blender.
- Add the warm vegetable broth, grated ginger, and cooked red lentils into the blender and process to obtain a smooth cream.
- Serve warm, garnished with fresh parsley.