Thursday, September 20, 2012

Detox Recipe: Spicy Bean Soup

I'm gearing up for a 10-day Fall Renewal Detox beginning October 1st. A 10-day detox requires preparation on my part because, in addition to being at least a little addicted to caffeine, I am also quite dependent on chocolate. The pages of this blog attest to such dependence. 

Coffee is a habit; chocolate is a vital part of my world. 

Okay, that sounds dramatic, but I promise I will miss it more than caffeine or alcohol. Yes, alcohol too!  I know! And, as the Hubs pointed out, ten days includes an entire weekend.  

Send reinforcements. 

No. I can do it. 

I am strong. 

I have willpower {though it has not heretofore shown itself}. 

It's only ten days; not the rest of my life. 

Honestly, though, I am hoping it does impact the rest of my life. 

I need to recharge and reset my body. I know it will help with that. But I also want to change our family's eating habits more permanently. 

I hope this will be a catalyst to such change. 

If you are interested in joining me, please enter my Fall Renewal Giveaway. You have until midnight on Friday, the 21st, to enter. I'll announce the winner on Saturday, the 22nd. 

Here's a sample Fall detox recipe to inspire you: 

Spicy Bean Soup*

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove,minced
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
½  small yellow onion (1/4 cup), chopped
1 carrot, sliced (1/4 cup)
1 cup vegetable broth
1 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes
1 15 oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
¼ bunch of kale (1/2 cup), chopped

Heat oil in pot over medium-heat.  Add garlic, red pepper flakes, onion, and carrot and cook for 10 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes and beans and cook for another 5 minutes on medium heat. Add kale and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with sea salt and pepper. Eat it up! Serves 4.

*Recipe provided by Lisa Consiglio RyanLisa is the founder of Whole Health Designs, juicy clean living advocate and mama of two. She loves her Birkram yoga practice, running, and is on a mission to spread the word, “Food is love.” She provides detox programs and private coaching for women who desire to embrace clean living. Lisa is also developing her own line of raw, cold-pressed juices. 

As a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach, Lisa has worked with over 1,000 people in her Renewal 10 Day Detox programs.  Her work has been featured in TinyBuddhaCrazy Sexy Life, and Mind Body Green. You can also check out her new program, Kickin’ It Clean virtual group and meal plans for plant lovers.

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