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By Alex Snodgrass


May 02, 2016, Updated Jul 05, 2022


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My husband and I are what some people call “Gastro Travelers,” basically when you travel to experience food. When we are home we are health-conscious eaters; however, when we go out of town we are determined to eat all of the things. We love food and the culture behind it, I get tons of inspiration in my own kitchen from my travels, and we look at traveling as a once and a lifetime opportunity to explore the food of wherever we may be… which means HOLD THE SELF CONTROL. We’ve got all the time in the world to eat clean when we get home.. until then, YOLO. But this Detoxing Cabbage Soup is perfect for our time at home.

With that being said, we come home full as ticks and sometimes, quite miserable to be honest. That is why I make this “Detoxing Cabbage Soup” when we get back from vacation. It’s really low carb and really tasty to give our guts a little bit of a break from over indulging. Plus, I just love the way it tastes 🙂

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Detoxing Cabbage Soup

2016-05-02 00:12:46

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Serves 6

Prep Time

20 min

Cook Time

45 min

Total Time

1 hr

Prep Time

20 min

Cook Time

45 min

Total Time

1 hr


  1. 3/4 head of green cabbage
  2. 1 white onion, diced
  3. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  4. 2 cups diced carrot
  5. 2 cups diced celery
  6. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 8 cups chicken broth
  8. 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  9. 1/2 tsp. cumin
  10. 1 lemon, juiced
  11. dash of cayenne pepper (optional, or more to taste)
  12. Kosher salt and Coarse Black Pepper, to taste


  1. Cut the core off of the cabbage and discard. Now, cut your cabbage into four large wedges (save one of the wedges for another time). From there, thinly slice the cabbage so you have long shreds. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil over med-high heat in a large soup pot or dutch oven. add carrots, onion, and celery and season to taste with salt and pepper. Saute until tender, about 7 minutes.
  3. Add in garlic, saute 2 more minutes being careful not to burn.
  4. Now add in your chicken broth, diced tomatoes, cayenne, cumin, and a little more salt and pepper to flavor the soup a bit more. Turn heat down to medium, and add your cabbage. When the soup reaches a heavy simmer, turn down the heat to low and let it continue to cook at a slight simmer for 30-45 minutes.
  5. Add in the juice of the lemon. Taste the soup and add additional salt and pepper if you think it needs it. Also, if you think it needs a dash more of cayenne, add that as well!
  6. Serve and enjoy!


  1. Add in some chopped rotisserie chicken if you want to add some extra protein.

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  1. I make this soup almost every time my husband goes off on a days/week long trip. I’ll eat it for days to detox AND to free me from cooking. I sometimes add little meatballs or cut up Italian sausage, or any meat I have available. I also like to add black, pinto, or garbanzo beans for a full meal during the winter. My husband loves soup!


    1. How often do you eat this to detox and do yo eat other meals or just eat this 3 times a day


  2. Looks so good! I will make this soup this week! Thanks for the recipe!


  3. Can this be made in a slow cooker?


    1. certainly!


    2. I’ve followed this recipe a few times and love it. I always add more spices and instead of a tomato I used seasoned diced tomatoes that are canned. So much flavor and definitely hits the spot when you’re under the weather


    3. Thankyou I’m making this tomorrow after work just to clean my body out.


  4. I might add Ro-Tel tomatoes. Love them in soups.


Detoxing Cabbage Soup - The Defined Dish - Recipes (2024)


What happens if you do the cabbage soup diet for 2 weeks? ›

It will likely leave you feeling hungry, weak, and bored. You might even feel sick. And if you follow the Cabbage Soup Diet for more than a week, you could run short on key nutrients. Nor does the diet encourage the necessary lifestyle changes you need to make in order to be healthier and have lasting weight loss.

How does cabbage soup detox work? ›

The cabbage soup diet stimulates the body's metabolism and fat mobilization. This diet limits your calorie intake and causes your body to burn fat for energy. Low sodium, low calories, and high fiber allow you to lose weight faster if you followed a reasonable long-term dietary plan.

How long does it take to see results on the cabbage soup diet? ›

The Cabbage Soup Diet is referred to as a rapid weight loss diet. Proponents' anecdotal claims include following the diet for 7 days can lead to weight loss of up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg), which they believe can jump-start a longer-term diet plan. The diet involves eating homemade cabbage soup for every meal for 1 week.

What are the disadvantages of the cabbage soup diet? ›

Cons of the Cabbage Soup Diet

This diet is very low in calories, and following it can make people feel less energized because of this. It also does not provide enough healthy fats, an important part of a healthy and balanced diet.

How much weight can you lose eating cabbage soup for a week? ›

People who follow the diet strictly will likely lose some weight, potentially 10 pounds per week or more. This is because it involves eating so few calories each day. However, in most cases, people quickly regain this lost weight once they return to their regular diet.

How to lose 10 pounds in a week? ›

To lose 10 pounds in one week, you'll need to burn between 3,500 and 5,000 calories more than you consume each day by restricting your diet to small portions of nutritious yet low-calorie foods, and significantly increasing your aerobic exercise with interval training, sports, and other vigorous activities.

How to do the cabbage soup diet correctly? ›

The diet plan centers around the cabbage soup, which is eaten throughout the week. In addition, it begins with a few days of fruit and vegetables and with little or no protein. Then, bananas and skim milk are added. Later in the week, beef or chicken and rice are added along with the soup.

Can you drink coffee on the cabbage soup diet? ›


DRINKS: Stick with water, unsweet tea, black coffee, unsweetened juices, cranberry juice, or skim milk. Black coffee is permitted, but you may find that you no longer need the caffeine after the third day.

Does cabbage pull out toxins? ›

As it is high in fibre and low in fats, it may help in weight management. The presence of Vitamin C and sulphur may help in removing toxins from the body. Additionally, cabbage contains indole-3-carbinol which is an antioxidant that may help the liver remove toxins from the body.

What are the pros and cons of cabbage soup? ›

The Cabbage Soup Diet

Pros: Lose weight quickly, no portion control needed, I actually really like the taste of the soup. Cons: The soup is not very filling so it's likely you'll feel hunger and it's likely you'll gain the weight back VERY quickly.

Does cabbage burn belly fat? ›

Does cabbage burn belly fat? Although cabbage is a nutritious low-calorie vegetable, many people associate it with weight loss because of the popular "cabbage soup diet". Some creative marketing has led people to believe that cabbage actually burns body fat. In fact, no food, including cabbage, burns body fat.

Why does cabbage soup make you gassy? ›

Cabbage contains sulphorous compounds, as well as a sugar called raffinose that when digested can cause gas and bloating. To minimize gas and bloating, eat smaller amounts at one time and drink water throughout the day to aid in digestion.

Why does the Cabbage Soup Diet make me feel bloated? ›

Gas, Abdominal Pain and Bloating

Symptoms vary in severity and frequency, depending upon how much cabbage soup you consume and your sensitivity to gas-causing substances in cabbage. However, the more cabbage soup you consume during the diet, the greater your becomes of experiencing these symptoms.

Can you drink water on the Cabbage Soup Diet? ›

Eat only soup and fruit. Drink unsweetened tea and coffee. (Stick with water, unsweetened fruit juice and cranberry juice, but no diet soda, no carbonated beverages, no alcohol.)

How much weight can you lose on a 2 weeks cabbage soup diet? ›

It's purported you can lose up to 10 pounds in 1 week while following the cabbage soup diet, but there is no evidence to support that claim. Researchers have not yet studied the effects specifically of the cabbage soup diet, but because it's a very low calorie diet, research on that subject is applicable.

What happens if you only eat soup for 2 weeks? ›

As the soup diet usually only lasts for 7-14 days, it's not recommended in the long term. The NHS also highlights how very low-calorie diets like this often lead to short term weight loss, but it's likely that you'll put some or all of the weight back on once you go back to eating normally.

How much weight can you lose eating soup for 2 weeks? ›

Although research seems to indicate that soup can be an effective part of a weight loss plan, there is no research that conclusively demonstrates how much weight you can lose if you only eat soup for two weeks.

Can I eat only cabbage for a week? ›

Eating only cabbage for an extended period is an extreme form of a low-calorie diet and is not a sustainable or healthy way to achieve weight loss. Here are some reasons why relying solely on cabbage for a week is not advisable: Nutrient Deficiency: Cabbage is not a complete source of all the nutrients your body needs.

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