{Raw} Vegan Cream of Green Soup

Raw, Vegan Cream of Green Soup via StrictlyDelicious

I don’t mention this very often at all. In fact, although most people close to me know a good amount about my allergies, only one or two know about this. I don’t like to talk about it very much, because I feel like it sounds like I’m complaining. I promise it’s not my intention to complain at all! Honestly, it’s just a fact of my condition. And the fact is: my body is chronically exhausted ALL of the time.

Raw, Vegan Cream of Green Soup via StrictlyDelicious

It’s not at all related to sleep-deprivation. No matter how much rest I get, I still wake up tired. It takes serious effort for me to do regular daily tasks, and, as much as I love them, busy times wear me out like WOAH.

Although I’ve felt this way for many years, I didn’t realize that this wasn’t how everyone’s body felt until I went in for the blood tests to find out my allergies. In addition to my doctor being astonished about the number and level of things I was allergic to, she was very concerned with my severe deficiencies of vitamins D and B. So now I see it makes all the sense that I’m so chronically tired, because these two vitamins are responsible for creating a strong body and helping turn the things your body consumes into energy!

Raw, Vegan Cream of Green Soup via StrictlyDelicious

Well, lately, I’ve really been trying to improve my energy through conscious choices in the food I eat. I’ve begun making my own kombucha (stay tuned for delishus recipes!) and have recently fallen in love with wonderful, energy-giving matcha! I’ve also been working to increase my consumption on vitamin B laden leafy greens, but haven’t been nearly as successful at that as I’ve wanted to.

But today, still feeling the effects of a long week and weekend last week (and an equally busy beginning to this week), I was feeling tired, worn, and in need of some natural rejuvenation. Time to pull out those dark leaves I’ve been neglecting!!!

Raw, Vegan Cream of Green Soup via StrictlyDelicious

This super easy green soup is exactly what was in order! It’s whipped up in a blender in less than ten minutes, and contains such nutritional powerhouse ingredients as kale, broccoli, coconut, and cilantro. There’s a great balance of healthy fats and luscious veggies, with a wonderfully velvety texture.

One of my favorite things about this healthy soup is it gives me another way to use my leftover broccoli stems! I always keep my broccoli stems for soup in order to use the entire vegetable and not have any waste. No reason letting go of the fibrous, vitamin filled veggie’s stalk!

Raw, Vegan Cream of Green Soup via StrictlyDelicious

To maximize the ingredients’ nutritional value (and, let’s be honest, for a significant cut-down in the effort required :) ) the ingredients are kept raw for a thick, textured soup that is packed with flavor. And silky coconut milk helps not only to make this soup creamy and smooth, but also makes it vegan!

The cilantro and lime give the soup a bright, lively, zingy flavor, while the cocumber cools, hydrates, and refreshes. It really is a taste party in your mouth! To crank the music all the way up, top this creamy, silky soup with some crunchy sunflower seeds, a spritz of lime juice, and a drizzle of olive oil for added texture and sexiness to push this party over the top.

I’m feelin’ real good now! An energy party is happening all up in my boday!!!

{Raw} Vegan Cream of Green Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Serving Size: About 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk (like this)
  • 5 leaves of kale, washed and de-stemmed
  • 1/2 large cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 cup broccoli stem, peeled and cubed
  • 10 stalks of cilantro
  • juice of 1/2 large lime
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • sprinkle of fresh ground black pepper {omit for AIP}
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (for topping, optional)
  • 1 tablespoon hulled sunflower seeds (for topping, optional) {omit for AIP}

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients except the olive oil and sunflower seeds to a large blender jar.
  2. Blend on high speed until everything is very smooth in color and texture, about 5-6 minutes.
  3. Pour the soup into a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with the sunflower seeds. Enjoy!
  4. (If you're a little hungrier, serve over top of cold quinoa or brown rice.)
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 Raw, Vegan Cream of Green Soup via StrictlyDelicious

Comments

    • says

      Hi Laura, great question. You could use any vegan milk in this recipe. I used coconut because I’m allergic to all other vegan milk options, but I’d recommend soy cream or cashew cream because they’d both still give the soup that thick, velvety, creamy texture. Please let me know how it goes with whatever substitute you try!

  1. says

    Stunning colours in this soup! I love the flavour of raw broccoli stems and always munch them all when I’m cooking the florets… unless my 7-year old asks for some too, just to make sure that mummy knows how to share 😉
    Happy FF.

  2. says

    This is a beautiful soup, especially at this time of year when we have all the fresh ingredients. Thanks for posting this – will give it a try. You seem to be on the right track for fighting what ails you.

  3. apelila says

    Will this store over night w/o turning an “off” color? I’d like to make it in the evening and take to work next day for lunch…or is it better to make & consume immediately?

    • says

      It stores very well! I took mine for lunch the next day as well. It was delicious, and gave me the mid-workday energy boost I needed!

    • says

      hahaha Josette! I think it does work that way 😉 Just like wearing my workout clothes burns calories, even if I don’t actually take them to the gym! It’s science; I know it is.

    • says

      Thank you, Julie! And you’re absolutely right; harvest season produce is so wonderful!!! This is a great way to cleanse in between all those caramel, peach and apple pies 😉

    • says

      Stacey, you’re absolutely right. It is awful, but I am enjoying learning the natural things that are good for my body (and the ones that are bad and make me more tired) and the things that give me more energy. I think once I figure it all out, I’ll be the healthiest I’ve ever been! This soup is already in frequent rotation for green energy bursts :)

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