Phatphood Review: Truce Soup Cleanse – I was stumbling around Instagram last week and came across a comment mentioning, “soup cleanse.” Intrigued I was; so I did a quick local Google search and to my amazement, Truce – Minnesota’s first 100% organic fresh-pressed juice shop located in Uptown Minneapolis had a soup cleanse package they have been offering since November of 2015. An alternative to a juice cleanse offered for the wintery months. They state on their website that “Unlike juices, soups contain much of the fiber found in the ingredients, which will help satisfy your appetite for longer and provide that much-needed fuel.” For no apparent reason, I acted immediately upon reading this info and ordered a three-day supply. Why? To give this new cleanse alternative a review, and to give my digestive organs a reboot and some much needed rest. I started on a Friday morning (Dumb, crazy me, I know!) and ended on Sunday evening. Here is how it went down:
For $45.48 you get a single day supply of five different soups:
- Carrot Ginger: carrot juice, cashews, ginger, salt, cayenne.
- Souper Greens: Truce juice ‘greens pulp’, celery juice, lemon juice, miso paste, thyme, shallot, olive oil, black pepper
- Curried Squash: kabocha squash, carrot juice, olive oil, scallion, curry powder
- Spicy Greens: avocado, kale, spinach, h2o, pepitas, lemon, ginger, black pepper, salt, cayenne.
- Tomato: roma tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, cashews, h2o, red onion, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, black pepper
They recommend doing a 1-3 day soup cleanse, so naturally I went for the 3-day challenge. They need a 48-hour notice to make these 100% organic, vegan, raw, and gluten free concoctions that can be picked up on Mondays and Fridays only. I ordered the soups above in the recommended order of consumption. They also explained to me to gently warm the soups on the stovetop, or just have them cold or room temp. I was told to not warm either of the green soups, so I obliged.
Day 1 – Friday:
I had to work on this day and I wasn’t hungry first thing in the morning since I basically ate my weight in fast food that I knew I wouldn’t be having for a while. I just had 32-ounces of fresh lemon water before heading into work. About two hours in I decided I better get this thing started.
- Carrot Ginger: carrot juice, cashews, ginger, salt, cayenne. I do not have access to a stove at work so I just slightly warmed it up (35 seconds) in a microwave. The first thing I noticed was the burn down my throat from the cayenne, perhaps the ginger too. It wasn’t bad, just surprising. Carrot soup with a burn and a decent texture, I can handle this one.
- Souper Greens: Truce juice ‘greens pulp’, celery juice, lemon juice, miso paste, thyme, shallot, olive oil, black pepper. Since I only brought three of these soups to work, I decided to have this one during my lunch break. I let it get to room temperature and then drank it straight out of the bottle. This was like drinking pesto, almost exactly. The olive oil was prominent and it was nicely seasoned with the black pepper. I just convinced myself that I had this poured over a bowl of pasta. Okay, I can do this.
- Curried Squash: kabocha squash, carrot juice, olive oil, scallion, curry powder. Still at work and getting toward the end of the day. I didn’t particularly like the smell of this one once I cracked open the bottle. It reminded me of a week long juice cleanse I did a few years back, and I really don’t know why since it didn’t have any of the same ingredients. I did the 35-second microwave warm-up again and sipped away out of my soup mug. The first sip wasn’t that bad; I sensed the slight distinction of the curry powder and this one definitely had the most texture to it. I kept thinking about my juice cleanse and this soup just became overwhelming for me so I quickly choked it down and hoped the next two days it would grow on me. I think I can do this.
- Spicy Greens: avocado, kale, spinach, h2o, pepitas, lemon, ginger, black pepper, salt, cayenne. Home now and ready for a snack. Took this green bottle out of the fridge and sat on the couch and shook it for about 10-minutes as it arrived to room temperature. Slowly sipped this one as I watched some TV and my son enjoyed Taco Bell per his request. Torture! This soup tasted like a medium-spiced smooth textured salsa. Wasn’t bad, wasn’t great, very much doable. I got this!
- Tomato: roma tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, cashews, h2o, red onion, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, black pepper. Finally, the first one I get to try gently heated on the stovetop. Put the burner at LOW and stirred it frequently until it reached slightly higher than lukewarm. This soup was something familiar to my taste buds, like a great tasting restaurant quality tomato soup. I was impressed with the garlic and the fresh tasting tomatoes. I found a favorite. Can I just have this one five times a day?
Day 2 & 3 – Saturday & Sunday:
The next two days went surprisingly well. Utilizing the stovetop and getting the three non-green soups to the perfect temperature was key for my liking. Even the Curried Squash developed a more tolerable taste. All in all it wasn’t that bad of a weekend. Keep in mind that I was basically detoxing as well. I usually have at a glass of wine every night and coffee every day, so yes I had a headache on the first night that was still lingering around the next morning. After that it was a walk in the park. I only had hunger pains two times over the entire three days; that was mainly because I was out running errands and there was a three-hour gap between soups; I did however feel much more tired on the second day, much more than I typically do, but that could’ve been the lack of coffee, carbs, sugar, you know, food. Would I do this again? Sure, why not. While it is a bit spendy, it was totally worth it and much easier than doing the juice cleanse at home considering both the taste and the preparation. I feel great and ready to slowly start introducing solids. By the way, I am down 10 pounds in three days…how ya like them apples?
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