Delicious detoxing watercress, leek and coconut soup by Lee Holmes

Lee HolmesWe’ve long been fans of nutritionist, holistic health coach, yoga teacher and whole foods chef, Lee Holmes, here at Sporteluxe, which is why we were extra excited to get our hands on a copy of her amazing new book, Heal Your Gut. In its pages Lee explains how digestive worries are central to so many health concerns, then how to heal them naturally.

“Think of your gut as a garden that can only thrive when the soil is healthy,” she says. “Healthy soil requires healthy foods and nutrients that will allow the ‘good guys’ to flourish. By feeding our bodies all-natural, easily digestible foods, we can help our gut to function optimally without the need to resort to dietary supplements.”

Here’s just one of the 90 beautiful, anti-inflammatory, healing recipes in her book. Yes, it’s incredibly healthy, but best thing about it is it tastes amazing too.


Watercress, Leek and Coconut Soup

Serves 2 Lee Holmes, Heel You Gut, watercress soup

“Watercress has been shown to reduce DNA damage in white blood cells and positively alter blood antioxidant concentrations, making it a wonderful medicinal plant to decrease inflammation and detoxify your entire body. Enjoy its fresh, earthy taste in this well-balanced, creamy blend.”

You’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil or 2 teaspoons ghee
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 leek, white part only, finely sliced
  • 1 medium turnip, peeled and diced
  • 85 g (3 oz/23/4 cups) watercress, rinsed, plus extra to serve
  • 270 ml (91/2 fl oz) tin additive-free coconut milk
  • 375 ml (13 fl oz/11/2 cups) vegetable stock (see page 151)
  • Celtic sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

What to do:

  1. Melt the oil or ghee in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 3–4 minutes or until transparent. Add the leek, turnip, watercress, coconut milk and stock, then bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low then simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly, then purée in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add salt to taste, reheat if necessary, then grind over black pepper, garnish with extra watercress and serve.

Lee Holmes, Heel You Gut, watercress soup

Recipe and image from Heal Your Gut by Lee Holmes (Murdoch Books) $35, available now in all good bookstores and online.


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As the only media identity in Australia to have edited both luxury fashion and fitness magazines, award-winning journalist Rachel Sharp has worked in Sydney, London and Dubai, holding the position of editor on titles including Harper’s BAZAAR and GRAZIA. In 2012, she successfully launched the Australian edition of Women’s Fitness magazine, which scooped Launch of the Year at the 2013 Publishers Australia Excellence Awards. Equal parts fashion-obsessed and fitness enthusiast, Rachel – who grew up in the idyllic beach town of Port Macquarie and is mum to two young children – holds a Bachelors degree in Medical Science and Masters in Writing for Media. Despite the fact she absolutely loves what she does for a living, Rachel would still rather be surfing or snowboarding than at her computer. Carpe diem!