This detox soup, made with leek and daikon is both delicious and detoxifying. The leeks and daikon are both natural diuretics, so help to reduce water retention and puffiness.
Diakon & Leek Soup - The Natural Detoxifier
Regardless of whether you resolved to eat healthier, lose weight or even just give your liver a break from the wine-o-poluza you indulged in over the holidays, I’ve got the soup for you (I say in my best Seinfeld Soup Nazi voice).
Daikon & Leek Soup - The Natural Detoxifier
The creation of this soup recipe is inspired by the perennial favorite book, French Women Don’t Get Fat. Have you read it? It’s an interesting read, although I must say, I've been to France, and I did see some rather full-figured women... maybe they were tourists?
One of the biggest takeaway I got from the book was her advice on eating leeks as a detoxifier and mild diuretic to get you started on your weight loss goals.
Another great detoxifier is diakon radish (they look like white carrots, but taste more like a radish). They’re big in macrobiotic cooking and taste great on their own, braised in a little red wine, or in soups….like this one.
I must say this uber-healthy and ridiculously easy-to-make soup is surprisingly good for the few simple ingredients it requires. Okay, I know it’s green, and green soup isn’t always the most appealing dish to look at, but trust me….looks can be deceiving.
This soup is like the slightly overweight and balding man you decided to go out on a date with anyway, and he ends up being the man of your dreams.
Keep an open mind.
Make a meal out of it
On its own, this is a super light soup, which is great if you're just looking for a snack, or a light appetizer for a healthy meal. But paired with a clean protein, this makes a full meal in a bowl! I love tossing in grilled shrimp or roasted chicken breast cut into cubes. You could also pair it with a steamed white fish, like cod or orange roughy.
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21 day fix approved recipe
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One serving of detox soup is 1 green + 1 tsp.
- 1 large daikon radish, chopped
- 1 shallot
- 1 bundle of leeks, chopped
- 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chop the veggies in bite sized pieces.
- Place the leeks and shallot in a medium pot with the olive oil and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Add the Daikon radish and cook for 5 more minutes.
- Add the broth and let simmer for 15 minutes or until the daikon is soft
- Remove from heat, add lemon juice and apple cider vinegar.
\With a hand immersion blender, blend the soup until all chunks are gone.
- Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.
You can add a protein to this soup once it's cooked - chicken or shrimp are my favorites.
Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1 bowl
Amount Per Serving Calories 88Total Fat 4.7gCarbohydrates 11.5gNet Carbohydrates 10gFiber 1.6gProtein 1g
Caren is a certified yoga teacher, fitness instructor and author of The Fit Habit. Here she shares simple, low carb recipes, quick home workout ideas and practical ways to foster mind + body wellness.