She is well-known for her healthy living lifestyle as well as her acting skills, and now Gwyneth Paltrow is setting her focus on soups. But these are not any old soups, these are special detoxing soups, aimed at those winter months where we all need a little warming up.
Gwyneth states on her advice blog Goop.com that typically we think of detoxing in relation to smoothies, but now the colder season is upon us, our bodies are craving comfort food. So whilst in the summer a smoothie is an excellent way to get rid of unwanted toxins:
“… in the colder months, when our bodies crave warmth and comfort, juice at every meal isn’t very appealing. And so soup, the ultimate comfort food—makes a whole lot of sense as a wintertime alternative, she says.
And always thinking ahead for her avid readers, Gwyneth has popped a few recipes in her annual detox programme.
Benefits of eating soups
The added benefits when eating soups are that they typically contain lots of vegetables, which have a very low glycemic index or GI. This means that they take longer to digest in the stomach and they keep us feeling longer for longer.
Soups are also packed with good fiber which can again help with making it a filling substitute.
Gwyneth asked a regular contributor to her Goop blog, Dr. Frank Lipman, for his advice:
“I feel strongly that a proper cleanse needs nutrients that support the body’s innate detoxification systems and anti-microbials to kill the “bad” guys in the gut, as those are a common source of toxicity. And soup is a good way to deliver those nutrients, as the food does not have to be digested and it’s easier on the digestive system. Just be sure you’re avoiding the common foods that trigger inflammation (gluten, dairy, soy, corn, nightshades, etc.).”
In order to test out the soup theory, Gwyneth and her team went to Soupure, an LA company that specialise in healthy, nutrient-rich soups that are packed with vitamins, fiber and protein. The brains behind Soupure are two friends, Angela Blatteis and Vivienne Vella, who started up the company after dining at a local restaurant and sampling a pretty poor bowl of soup.
They decided to tap into the juice craze however, instead they wanted to use tasty, nutritious soups, but without cream or preservatives. They both agreed that although juice cleanses are good for you, they left you feeling hungry and unsatisfied.
Soupure now delivers wholesome rich cold and hot soups cleanses that have medically endorsed and contain no artificial fillers or emulsifiers.
To go on a Soupure cleanse would typically start off with a combination of veggie soups, alongside some rich bone broths, alkaline water drinks for hydration, and chilled snacks. The cleanse is structured in a way that the body is always taking in something every other hour, so you never feel hungry or thirsty. So far there are one, three and five day options and a mini three day one that allows for a meal.
For those who just want a great soup recipe that is healthy and nutritious, Gwyneth has added some of her favourites onto the site. They include Thai Curry Soups which is gluten free, Leek and Celery Root Soup which is a vegan version of vichyssoise, and Roasted Kabocha Soup. Kabocha is a type od squash.
For more recipes visit Goop.com