It’s January 3rd. And we all know what that means.
I bet no matter where you are in your goal to health, you probably over-indulged even just a little bit over the holidays. It can sometimes be hard to treat our bodies with the respect they deserve when we’re so busy, and the holiday season is a prime example of that.
Not to mention, holiday parties galore with temptation everywhere you look.
No worries, just get back on track.
Baby Bok Choy
This is the first weekend of the New Year. I’m going to make this soup this weekend and have it for lunch both days; use it as a tool to fuel better eating habits and healthier choices. Don’t push yourself too hard too fast. We all know that the lasting habits are the ones that were made gradually, over time. This soup is an effortless way to start.
It’s completely full of nourishing, cleansing ingredients…
Bok Choy: Chlorophyll, the molecule in plants that makes them green, attaches to toxins in your blood and removes them from your body. (Read more about the health benefits of chlorophyll on Livestrong and on Insiders Health.)
Olive Oil: Some vitamins (which are naturally found in fruits and veggies) need fat to be absorbed into the body, so this healthy oil helps your body maximize the absorption of nutrients from what you’re eating. (Read more about this on NPR and Discovery Fit & Health)
Garlic: This strong antioxidant has antibacterial and antifungal properties, and can be used to prevent colds, reduce blood pressure, and reduce the risk of developing certain cancers. (More info is available on WebMD and Reader’s Digest.)
Organic Vegetable Stock or Water: Helps you stay hydrated as you flush toxins out of your system.
Turmeric: Curcumin, the component in turmeric that gives it its bright yellow color, stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile, which the liver uses to eliminate toxins from the body. (Head over to Livestrong and Natural News to read more.)
Fresh Lemon Juice: Cleanses the kidneys and digestive system, and helps purify the blood. As an alkaline-forming food in the body, it also may help to prevent serious illnesses. (Read more on Glamour Health & Diet and Budwig Center Blog.)
I’m feeling better about kick-starting a healthy New Year already. ;)
- 1 lb (450 g) baby bok choy
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 large cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 cups low-sodium organic vegetable stock (or water), heated
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (start with less and add more to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (more or less to taste)
- Rinse the bok choy and trim off the stem ends. Slice the white parts into 1/4-inch strips and transfer them to a bowl. Chop the green parts into 1/2-inch pieces and transfer them to a separate bowl.
- Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the white parts of the bok choy and cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add the green parts of the bok choy and the garlic and cook 2 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
- Add the stock or water and turmeric; bring to a simmer and then turn off the heat.
- Add the lemon juice and sea salt to taste; serve.
Please note that I am NOT a doctor, medical practitioner, or nutritionist of any kind. Nothing in this post should be construed as medical or nutrition advice. The information about each ingredient in this soup was sourced from the pages that I linked to for each item; please head over to each page for more detailed information. If you need medical advice you should immediately seek a physician’s care.