Day 3: Nourish Yourself & Tame Sugar Cravings

Hello Sugar Free Friends,

Today it may start feeling awfully real, emphasis on the awfully or maybe you’re still cruising along and feeling chill.  Either way, I have a delicious, nutritious veggie mega mix soup that may even pleasantly surprise a few of you who are, shall we say, less than enthusiastic when it comes to veggie eating.

I also included a link in this morning’s email to an article giving you the scoop and what to do to beat sugar cravings for good….YAY!

This revised vegatron soup originated as an Italian Wedding soup recipe a.k.a., Ribollita soup but I’ve altered it so much and completely eliminated the Italian bread and cheese so I don’t think it can claim that name any longer.

Let me introduce you to Mega Mix Veggie Soup.  This is my daughter’s favorite soup, my husband is a fan and I looooove it; especially this time of year and during a mini cleanse or challenge when I’m eating lighter and cleaner than usual.


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 large yellow onion, chopped

2 leeks, sliced (white part only)

3 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed

3 celery stalks, chopped

4 carrots, peeled and chopped

2 quarts of vegetable broth

1 (14 1/2-ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes (I use Trader Joe’s)

2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans of garbanzo beans or equivalent cooked from scratch

1 full bunch of green kale, ribs removed and chopped

1/2 head savoy or Napa cabbage depending on size so use your own judgement

2 potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 cup corn

1/3 a head of cauliflower cut into small florets

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp Italian seasoning

Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions, leeks, garlic, celery, and carrots.  Saute until the onions soften.
  2. Add the vegetable broth, tomatoes with their juice, the beans, and the remaining veggies.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. Add enough water to cover the vegetables and bring soup to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about 30-45 mins.

This soup is both light and filling which makes it perfect to nourish your body with while cleansing from excessive sugar.

Please share if you try it or perhaps share a recipe with your fellow challengers that nourishes your body and restores your sense of wellbeing.

Enjoy!  xo T

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