A favourite slimming and healthy eating weapon of ours is soup. Soup is satisfying, which means we’re not hungry again 5 minutes after and goes so well with a salad and most guests (including kids) seem to love it. Another advantage is, large amounts of soup can be made all in one go, that can be frozen in portions, then quickly reheated for meals in next to no time at all.
Soup is easy to make, delicious to eat and simple to reheat and serve. If you’re a busy parent working during the day and don’t have time for complicated lunch or evening meal preparation - soup is ideal.
1. Eating soup helps cut your intake of food. By having a bowl of low-calorie soup prior to a meal, you can cut your total mealtime intake of amount of food and calories. According to Penn State researchers, diners consumed 20 percent fewer calories when they had both the soup and entree compared to when they did not have soup. The authors cautioned people to pick low-calorie, broth-based soups that are about 100 to 150 calories per serving.
2. Soup is convenient. Thank goodness for Amy’s Soups. Not only are they organic, but many of them are low calorie, low fat, high fiber, vegetarian, and delicious! According to The Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 97% of people who ate soup as part of a low-calorie diet thought soup was a valuable part of their weight loss plan.
Many people think of the cabbage soup diet, when slimming and soup are mentioned in the same sentence. And while this soup diet is great for some, it certainly does have it’s draw-backs for others.
The Cabbage Soup Diet plan is not in any way individualized. There are no recommendations about exercise, no behavioral tips, no advice on changing bad habits, just a strict list of what to eat each day of the week. And meals need to be eaten at home, because these foods won’t be found on most restaurant menus.
Ingredients you’ll need to serve this delicious and healthy soup.
1 large chopped onion
4 chopped carrots
4 sticks of chopped celery
½ cabbage chopped
1 medium can of tomato juice
2 vegetable bouillon cubes
1 bay leaf
Salt & pepper to taste
4 cups of water
Put all the above ingredients into a medium sized saucepan and add 4 cups of water. Blend well. Simmer until the vegetables are tender. Serve hot or cold depending on your preference.
Soups come in cans as well and are available at most supermarkets - Cambells, Heinz and many other brands are reasonably priced and convenient to heat up. Personally I like the home made soup variations, but for busy people canned soup is ideal.