Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas is what? Guest Post by The Healthy Hippie

Well it is another 364 days until Christmas comes back around.

Another 364 days before we eat too much and enjoy the company of loved ones.

I know after the holidays (the period from Thanskgiving to Christmas) I always feel very full. 

I've had a few too many rich meals and desserts for my normal eating habits.

Well I have for you today a delicious soup from Dani who writes the blog The Healthy Hippie.

Dani's blog is always chock full of suggestions on foods to eat to stay healthy as well as numerous delicious recipes.

So without further ado here is Dani:

Tips on how to cleanse the body after the Holiday Season!

We all know what the Holiday truly means, at least in the kitchen…lots of eating!

It’s very easy to get off track when we are enjoying so many delicious treats with family and friends. That’s why it is so important to plan plenty of cleansing meals to help detoxify the body for the New Year.

One must keep in mind naturally cleansing ingredients such as beets, legumes (lentils, garbanzo beans, or any kind of bean), avocados, blueberries, cabbage, celery, Chia seeds, garlic, grapefruit, kale…just to name a few.

It’s a good idea to set up an “After Holiday” meal plan, containing all or some of these clean ingredients.

Here is one recipe to help you get back on track this coming New Year: Lentil Soup

- 1lb dried, uncooked lentils
- 1 carrot, graded
- 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 1/4 onion, chopped
- Paprika
- Salt & Pepper
- Rinse the lentils well to ensure they are free of any dirt
- Place clean lentils in a large cooking pot, and fill with water double the height of the lentil
- Set water to boil
-Once water has boiled, add water if necessary, do not let the lentils burn or absorb all of the water.
- Prepare your veggies: grade the carrot, chop the onion, and mince the garlic.
- Saute the veggies in a sauce pan with a little bit of Olive Oil.
Part 2:
- Once lentils are tender to taste (not mushy) add your veggies
- Season soup with lots of Paprika
- Salt & Pepper to taste.
Let the entire soup simmer for about 10 minutes until all flavors have come together.

Thank you so much Dani with this terrific soup.

Dani also has a terrific on-line store, Little Green Pantry, that she runs selling natural and homeopathic products for all members of your family. 

I purchased some chia seeds that I have been putting in my smoothies each morning and they are just fantastic.  The seeds were a fantastic price and the shipping was super quick.

So stop by and let Dani know I sent you.

Have a great day recouperating from Christmas.


  1. Sounds like the perfect soup for a new healthy year. Wishing you all the best in 2012!

  2. Lentils is my go-to when I'm eating super-clean. Great protein content and so filling. I usually do them with Indian spices (as I am obsessed with curry :) ).

  3. Yes I think we could all stand a little de-toxing after the holidays. This would be a good choice for a healthier new year. Happy New Years.

  4. Actually eating continues till New Years for me as New Years is the most important holiday for the Japanese... I totally need to detox after that. Happy New Year Rachel!

  5. Thanks Rachel for letting me guest post! Glad to see that everyone is enjoying the recipe :)

    Happy New Year everyone!

  6. I have alreday eaten some lentils since the hoidays. Very healthy recipe. Love them, great guest post. Happy New Year.