Once every few weeks, it can feel rejuvenating to eat the same thing for a day. This practice gives the digestive system a chance to re-calibrate and rest. Since a large part of our stress response is triggered by the enteric nervous system in our gut. this day-long cleanse helps to reduce anxiety and depression as well.
In traditional nutritional philosophies such as Ayurveda from India, this concept of periodic meal simplification is common and often takes the form if eating kitchari, a simple meal made up of rice, lentils, spices and vegetables.
This spring, try eating this cleansing and nourishing probiotic soup for three meals a day on a day off. You will move forward feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and energized.
Probiotic Leek Soup
You will need:
2 teaspoons olive oil
5 stalks celery, chopped
2 large leeks, rinsed and chopped
2 large zucchini, sliced
1 bunch chard, chopped
1 cup artichoke hearts
3 cups water
1 inch kombu seaweed
1 teaspoon each: salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch fresh basil
In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over low heat. Add the leeks and celery. Cook, covered, until these are soft and translucent, about 10 minutes.
Add zucchini and sauté for 5 more minutes.
Add the chard and artichoke hearts.
Add the water and kombu and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
Add the basil. Remove from heat and purée with an immersion blender.
Enjoy! Feel free to eat as much as you want during your one-day cleanse.