This cleansing Garlicky Baby Bok Choy Soup recipe is nourishing and delicious with the mild flavor of bok choy paired with savory garlic and fresh lemon juice in a rich vegetable broth.
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. (You got this!)
This is the first weekend of the New Year. 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.
Baby Bok Choy
Cleansing Garlicky Baby Bok Choy Soup Recipe
This soup is 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 Healthfully.)
Olive Oil: Some vitamins 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 Broth 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 Healthfully 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.)
Bok Choy FAQ
What Does Bok Choy Taste Like?
Bok choy is very mild flavored. It is somewhat similar to cabbage, but with a slightly peppery taste.
What Part of Bok Choy Do You Eat?
The whole bok choy plant (green and white parts) are edible, and I use them both in this Cleansing Garlicky Baby Bok Choy Soup recipe.
How Do You Prepare Bok Choy For Soup?
- 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.
How Do You Cook Bok Choy in Soup?
- Heat a little 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 cook 2 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
- Add the stock or water and any seasonings the recipe calls for!
More Nourishing Soup Recipes:
- AIP Paleo Bone Broth Cabbage Detox Soup
- Loaded Vegetable Soup
- Thai Inspired Chicken and Vegetable Detox Soup
- Detox Carrot Soup
- Heart Healthy Soup
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Cleansing Garlicky Baby Bok Choy Soup
- 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 and turmeric; bring to a simmer and then turn off the heat.
- Add the lemon juice and sea salt to taste.
- Net Carbs: 8g per serving (1/2 of recipe)
- Store this soup for up to 3 days in the fridge.
- For richer flavor, use low-sodium chicken broth.
- This soup is also delicious with 1 teaspoon freshly-grated ginger added in along with the garlic.
This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on January 3, 2014. It was updated with more information on January 3, 2020.
Disclaimer: 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.
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