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Broccoli Soup with Toasted Seeds

In aid of our campaign to get 2014 off to a healthy, more stylish start, chef Natasha Corrett and nutritionist Vicki Edgson from Honestly Healthy are guest posting a four part series on the hush blog this month, with recipes from their colourful, absorbing cookbook. 

We are big fans of all things green and leafy in camp Honestly Healthy. This January we are going to be upping our intake of green leafy veg even more making sure we are eating lots of curly kale, savoy cabbage, spinach, rocket, watercress, parsley, and broccoli. All of these ingredients are so nutrient rich and if you can enjoy them as close to their natural form as possible (i.e little cooking) then much the better!

Green leafy vegetables are great when you are cleansing as they support your body at a cellular level as well as providing the essential fiber required to clean the digestive tract thoroughly. Broccoli helps to cleanse the intestine and is a fantastic antioxidant, making this a great option for a January cleanse dish to rebalance the system.

1 tbsp. Sunflower Oil

1 large clove garlic finely chopped

1 onion finely chopped 200g broccoli florets

250ml vegetable Bouillon Stock

¼ tsp Himalayan salt

1/3 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

Lemon zest to garnish

1. Sauté the onion and garlic in a pan on a low heat until translucent.

2. Meanwhile toast your pumpkin seeds in the oven for about 7 minutes at 170°C. If you like, drizzle 2 tsp tamari & 1tsp agave over them to give them some zing. Keep an eye out that they don't burn though.

3. Add the broccoli and vegetable stock to the pan with the onions and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and simmer until the broccoli is soft.

4. Transfer to a high-speed blender and blitz until smooth.

5. Season and scatter with the toasted pumpkin seeds and the lemon zest.

If you would like the experts to do it all for you, why not try Honestly Healthy's new Soup & Smoothie cleanse package. This provides you with green soups, smoothies and juices every day so that you are bursting with health by the end of your cleanse, more info here.