Livin’ Greens Soup

Chilled… and very cool indeed!
Live Green Asparagus SoupOh… and did I mention it’s LIVE???
“What does that MEAN exactly?” you might ask. Well, LIVE means it’s NEVER been cooked, and never been heated past a certain point.
“Why should I care?” you might ask.  Well, because when you keep things quote on quote “live” – you preserve all the precious, vital nutrients contained IN that food, that would have been lost in the cooking process.
AND, since you’re blending it and cracking fiber cell walls, you’re getting even MORE of those precious, detoxifying, slimming, filling, yummy vitamins and minerals.
So I say… “GO GREENS GO!”  (I was a cheerleader in high school, so sue me).

Ingredients:
1/2 peeled cucumber
4 or 6 shoots of asparagus
1 celery rod
handful of baby greens (such as spinach & baby lettuces)
couple of leaves of basil
salt
1/2 cup water + few ice cubes

Directions:
Peel cucumber, cube.  Toss in the Vitamix (or blender) with all ingredients.  Set to “smoothie”, give it a whirl…  Donezo!

You now have NUTRIpowers!

5 Minute Fresco Summer Soup

I was in the mood for Gazpacho today… 2 problems: no bell peppers & no tomato juice (hello sodium bath).  Eyed fridge, grabbed what I had on hand and Voila!  Amazing Gazpacho-esque summer soup!  It was so delicious, I ate (slurped down) 2 bowls in 5 minutes, so what!

Ingredients:
1 small seedless cucumber, peeled and cubed (about 4 or 5 inches)
2 large tomatoes, cut into large cubes
1 celery stalk, chopped, about 8 inches or so
2 Tbsp onion
1 to 1.5 cups of filtered water
few sprigs of cilantro (no thick stems)
Sea salt
Key: juice from 1/2 lime, makes ALL the difference, completely ties the flavors together
**Optional: few drops of hot sauce

Directions:
Toss all veggies in a blender, pure on soup setting (Vitamix: start with 1, quickly progress to 3, hold for 40 seconds).  When consistency is almost right, toss in cilantro and add the lime juice – process a few seconds more.
Serve and enjoy immediately… like you’ll be able to resist ;)