Chilled avocado and coconut soup

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I am on the third and final day of an amazing and restorative (if challenging) juice cleanse, and since my mind wanders mostly toward the beautiful sunshine outside and what I am going to eat tomorrow, I thought I would share this simple and delicious recipe for what I have come to believe is the perfect summer soup. It is so quick, flavoursome and easy that any post-cleanse space cake could whizz it up and it shines just as bright as a pimped up first course as it does in your handbag for hot days on the move.

Avocado and coconut milk give us an abundance of healthy fats, while parsley and coriander chelate and detoxify by binding to toxins and heavy metals. These common little herbs are so powerful and taste of pure summer.

The recipe is a guide and I encourage anyone following it to go slowly with the herbs and spices and taste as you blend. That is the beauty of raw food and something that I believe is fundamental on the path to wellness: find out what you like more of, what you like less of, tune in to your tastebuds and adjust everything according to YOU. Your body knows what it wants and when you get really confident at throwing stuff together without really following the recipe, that’s that best place to be.

I have added a little garden chive, coconut froth and heirloom tomato on top but you can really throw anything on. Black pepper is essential for that hot spicy crunch.

Insights, realisations and experiences from the cleanse on their way.

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Serves 4 as a starter

Ingredients:

2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted (ideally organic)

2 cans of organic coconut milk – I use Biona (leave a little of the cream for serving)

Juice of 1 small lime

1 small clove garlic

1 handful parsely

1 handful coriander

1 heaped tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

Chives to garnish

Blend all the ingredients until smooth and taste. You may want to add more cumin / paprika / garlic / salt / lime… see what your tongue tells you.

Chill before serving with a garnish of greens and chive and a sprinkle of black pepper. Toasted nuts or seeds could also work beautifully. Enjoy x

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