If you’re looking for a simple, clean greens soup recipe, you’re in the right place. This recipe is full of fresh greens, vibrant flavor, and loaded with nutrients. Skip the Beyonce diet (you know– lemon, cayenne and maple syrup for days on end), because this soup has the cayenne to rev up your metabolism and the lemon to cleanse your body. Not to mention, the zucchini adds a healthy dose of vitamin c, and the swiss chards adds even more, as well as a powerful punch of vitamins A and K. While this soup is very low in calories, it is still filling thanks to all of the fiber from those veggies which, unlike when juicing, stays intact! The extra veggie broth can be used to make brown rice or quinoa to accompany your soup, for another meal or you can save it to cook with later on.  I always recommend that my clients start a meal off with soup since it fills you up on minimal calories, so feel free to have this soup accompany any meal you make.  I’ve even been known to have a mug full with my eggs in the morning!  Yum!

Super Green Detox Soup 
Makes 3 Servings

2 zucchini, chopped
1 bunch swiss chard stems and leaves, coarsely chopped
1 bunch cilantro, stem ends removed, coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
½ yellow onion, chopped
1 quart low sodium veggie broth
½ lemon
¼ tsp cayenne
½ tsp sea salt

In a medium dutch oven, bring the stock to a boil over high heat. Add the chard stalks, garlic and onion and simmer for 4 minutes, or until they start becoming tender. Add the chard leaves, zucchini, and salt. Replace lid and simmer for another 4 minutes or so. When the vegetables start to soften, but are not completely cooked through, add cilantro and cook for an additional minute (you just want the herbs to wilt slightly).

Remove greens, garlic and onion from pot, and set cooking liquids aside for another use (I use for cooking quinoa, whole wheat cous cous, pasta or sautéing veggies). Blend the greens in a food processor or blender, adding some of the liquids as necessary to obtain your desired texture.

Add the lemon and cayenne, taste for seasoning adjust as needed.