If there’s one thing I truly love, it’s that feeling my body gets after it’s been rebooted. Whether that’s from a long vacation, an awesome sweat from a hot yoga class, or a normal food cleanse, it’s incredibly necessary to routinely restart your system. Knowing that I’m not really a fan of juice cleanses because they give my heartburn and leave me HANGRY (but love blend cleanses from City Press Cafe), I try to steer away from the typical “cleanse.” But one day during my IG creep sessions, I came across a concept that caught my eye: A soup cleanse from Skinny Souping.
Founder and health/wellness expert Alison Velazquez, created the concept of “Skinny Souping” which is a program that combines flavored alkaline waters and crafted soup blends that work to detoxify and flush out the body. The ingredients of each package are based on its benefits and seasonality. Why soup do you ask? Besides giving a filling feeling to your meals, Alison explains,
“In juicing, all the fiber from the veggies is removed during the juicing process, however this is not the case with souping. The fiber, along with a variety of vitamins and nutrients are all maintained in the souping process. The other great part of souping is that there are no huge blood sugar spikes. This is because the soups don’t contain the high quantity of fruit sugar which is found in juice cleanses.”
Although I explained from my prior article, that I wasn’t trying to shred any more before my wedding, I still wanted to reboot one last time before I was a Mrs. However, SS is perfect for brides-to-be who need a kick start in their metabolism or change up before they zip up their dresses. Not to mention each mix (minus the bone broth) is preservative free, gluten-free, and vegan. There are five packages that range from 1 day, 3 days, 5 days, gut health detox, and signature skinny detoxes. In my case, I tried out the three day package (six packages total per day) and here is an example of a days worth of items:
#1 Morning Aromatics
Grapefruit, lavender, chai seed, alkaline water, and agave are exactly what the body needs right in the morning to alkalize the body’s PH levels. Grapefruit is also known to stimulate fat burning and digestion. Not being a huge fan of grapefruit because of the smell, I was surprised to find this beverage not as tart as I had imagined. It definitely made me feel clean before I started my workday.
*Another option I tried for my first drink was the Tahitian Sunrise (made with hibiscus flower, alkaline water, and agave). Out of the two, the TS was my favorite because it was less tart and it’s bright ruby color.
Probably the most photogenic out of the bunch, the Purity soup was a simple mix made of carrot, celery, onion, garlic, parsley, lemon, and tamari. I liked this soup because it felt slightly heavier than a tea, but a light option for a mid-morning drink.
#3 Winter Greens Detox
Bright green and much thicker than the previous two, the WGD was one of my favorites to sip on before/during lunch time. Blended with broccoli, spinach, arugula, onion, garlic, lemon, and coconut oil, this soup was the right consistency to leave me satisfied but not overfilled at all.
#4 Mediterranean Roots
Definitely my favorite of the bunch, the MR was the perfect type of soup for lunch. Packed with roasted carrots, fennel, onion, thyme, spices, honey, and coconut oil. It’s neon orange color made me feel super healthy and full.
#5 Nordic Nights
Coming from a mother who DESPISES peas, I have no idea how I’m her daughter. I love peas. Their light, healthy, and a perfect addition to dishes, especially in a soup. Although I’ve never tried to make a split pea soup, I’ll leave it to the professionals, aka Alison. NN contains split peas, carrots, kale, onion, garlic, and olive oil. Having a thicker consistency, but not chunky, the NN was a delicious dinner.
#6 Jalepeno Lime Chicken Bone Broth
Knowing the benefits of bone broth from my previous article, the JLCBB is the perfect way to end your clean day. Made from free range chicken bones, apple cider vinegar, organic veggies, lime juice, and jalapeno, this drink packs a punch with a subtle kick.