Spring Asparagus-Dill Soup

This lean and green soup is delicious and a great way to help nourish the body after a long winter. It tastes like spring in  a bowl!

Asparagus is a natural diuretic, helping to flush away bloat and extra fluid in the system. It’s also a great source of folate, which some studies show may help to boost your mood (something many can benefit from at the end of winter!). The lemon in the soup can help to alkalize the body and may help to gently detoxify the liver. Dill may also help to protect against free radical damage and may help improve digestion (check out more info here ). 

This soup is very light tasting, but does have a moderate dill flavor. If for any reason you don’t like dill, you can always just leave it out and still have a great tasting meal or snack.

INGREDIENTS:

(4 Servings)

1 Medium yellow onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

3 1/2 cups of chopped asparagus

4 C. Vegetable broth

1 t. salt

2 t. dried parsley

2 C. fresh spinach

1 T. Lemon juice

1 T. fresh dill, finely chopped

DIRECTIONS:

In a medium sized pot, add a splash of olive oil, onion and garlic. Saute until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in asparagus, salt and parsley. Saute until asparagus is soft, about another 5-6 minutes. Add in vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a high-speed blender or Vitamix, add lemon juice spinach and dill. Once the broth and asparagus is done simmering, add to the blender and blend on high for a minute or two until everything is blended and soup is a nice mint green color. Serve and enjoy!

Watermelon Refresher

This refreshing drink is a great way to help keep yourself hydrated. Try it before or after a workout along with some water to help replenish electrolytes. Watermelon also contains L-arginine and L-citrulline. These two amino acids have been shown to help with inflammation in the body. I drink this frequently for that reason.

This drink is great on its own or even as a super light snack on the go. I like to cut up fresh watermelon ahead of time and put it in the freezer so I have it ready to go anytime I’m craving this drink.

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups of frozen watermelon

Juice of 1/2 of a lime

1 cup of coconut water

DIRECTIONS:

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend and enjoy!

Blueberry Elixir

This incredible elixir can be drunk for a quick pick me up any time during the day, used as a smoothie base, or even as a snack. It contains wild blueberry powder giving it a pretty purple tint.

According to the Medical Medium, wild blueberries “…act like magnets to attract toxic heavy metals and carry them out of the brain and liver and remove them from the body.” Unfortunately heavy metals are things we are all too frequently exposed to (they’re even found in most deodorants and anti-perspirants, yuck!).

Wild blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, amino acids and phytonutrients to help keep you feeling energized and vibrant. They are definitely a food you may want to consider adding to your diet regularly. To read more about them and their incredible super powers, click here.

Enjoy this drink and let me know how you like it!

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk

1 t. wild blueberry powder

4-8 drops of liquid stevia (optional)

DIRECTIONS: 

Using a blender, combine all ingredients and enjoy!