Simple Hunger-Hormone Balancing Soup

Leptin Black Bean Soup

Leptin-Boosting Black Bean Soup

In the past 10-15 years we’ve learned so much more about why the body gains weight. While previous logic was the simplistic calories in vs calories out (and there are still some useful applications), the reality is that this is not a reliable, or useful way to achieve long-term, sustainable weight loss.

Studies have actually shown that a considerable percentage (~97%) of those people who lose weight using calorie restriction gain it back, and more within 2-5 years. So what’s the answer?

There are a few things that we now know for sure: weight gain is not simply about calories, it’s about hormones, inflammation, acidity, and oxidative stress. In short – it’s about balance in your body. When your body is out of balance, weight gain is the outcome.

And the most essential balance is with your endocrine system, and the hormones that it regulates.

This is a deep topic that we wont’ go too far into today, as I want to focus on just one of those hormones: leptin.

Leptin is a hormone that helps to regulate hunger, and it’s one of the most important hormones when it comes to weight loss. However, leptin resistance is extremely common, and it’s a major reason why people struggle with their weight.

Leptin resistance occurs when your body no longer responds properly to leptin signals. This leads to constant hunger, cravings, and eventually weight gain. Thankfully, using simple nutrients, you can help support your body’s capacity to balance leptin. Leptin is actually made in the fat cells, so eating alkaline-forming foods and balancing blood sugar are critical.

This is a simple recipe includes a TON of leptin balancing nutrients, and is both delicious and easy to make. So let’s get stuck in.

leptin balancing

Leptin-Boosting Black Bean Soup
Serves 2


  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (or bone broth)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • Garnish: 1/2 avocado, diced; 1 lime, juiced; 2tbsp chopped cilantro (coriander)


  1. In a large pot, heat the coconut oil gently, then add the onion, celery, and carrots.
  2. Saute these for around 10 minutes, and then add the garlic and saute for another 1-2minutes (don’t allow it to burn).
  3. Next add the capsicum (bell pepper), beans, cumin and broth and stir well.
  4. Bring this all to the boil and then reduce to a simmer, cooking for a futher 20 minutes.
  5. Once everything is softened, transfer to a blender and blend until smooth.
  6. Now you can serve, adding the garnishes and enjoy!


Ask Me a Question or Leave a Comment Here - I'd Love to Hear from You


  1. Genevieve Forde Reply

    Thank you Ross!

  2. Meredith Jacobsen Reply

    This sounds dellicious, Ross! How do we get the nutrition details?

  3. Linda McCormick Reply

    Is this a good recipe for Alkaline diet.

    • ross Reply

      Absolutely 😀

      My entire site/coaching/life is dedicated to helping people live the alkaline diet!

  4. Helen Reply

    I’d love to try this but previously I find it difficult to digest onions and bean , both key ingredients in many alkaline dishes. What advice can you give me, alternative I could try etc. or should I persist

  5. Kim Regnitz Reply

    If I wanted to make a big pot of this, & use dry beans, what ratio would that be re: fresh beans etc.

  6. Belinda Monticelli Reply

    Hi Ross, how often do you recommend to eat soup for affective results.

  7. Kris Lonnquist Reply

    Just made this for breakfast. I think I could live on this soup. The garnish is so perfect, it adds the extra boost of flavor it needs so you don’t need to add salt. So so good!! Thank you!! (PS – I hate black bean texture. Blending them – brilliant!!)

    • ross Reply

      Awesome – and what a great breakfast 🙂

  8. Nancy Tate Reply

    I would love to know the nutrition facts on this soup! Thanks so much!
    Nancy Tate

  9. Omar Reply

    Hey Ross,

    Thanks for the recipe.
    How much water should I add?

    • ross Reply

      TO your taste mate.

  10. Barbara Reply

    Thanks Ross for all your passion.

    Can’t wait to try this black bean soup.

    So happy you follow Robert O, Young’s studies.

    • ross Reply

      He started a movement back in the 90s and I’m happy to keep growing it with him. He’s a good guy.

  11. Sue Reply

    Hi–would it mess up any balancing properties of tis soup to add some crushed tomatoes or red pepper flakes?. . . . Sue

    • ross Reply

      Nope, but it would add more antioxidants so go for it!

  12. Juanita Reply

    Ross can I just eat this after it simmers for 20 minutes ? Do I have to put it in the blender , what is the purpose ? Thanks Juanita