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Soup is Super for Weight Loss!

Who doesn't like soup? And most soups, whether the broth is clear or creamy tend to be low in calories in comparison to other 'bowl' options on the menu.

While soups containing clear broths tend to be lower in calories than the creamy versions, with a bit of savvy Diet Recipe Engineering And Management (DREAM), creamy soups can also be low in calories!

Take note that the tummy requires about fifteen minutes (at minimum)  to let our brain know that it is full. Therefore, opting for filling, low calorie foods and beverages at the beginning of a meal can greatly assist in weight loss.

Adding a serving of soup to your meal works in curbing appetite, so you'll eat less when the main course arrives, thus giving the tummy time to notify the brain that it is full.

And those initial calories from the soup are 'skinny' calories in comparison to the calories generally contained in a main-course dish.

With this said, here is short list of favorite soup recipes created in our humble kitchen.

Quick Carrot Diet Soup

You will need very minimal ingredients to prepare this recipe: 1 small bag of baby or regular carrots, 2 cups of reduced fat or skim milk, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1 Tablespoon of reduced fat margarine and sugar substitute for sweetening power.

Simply boil the cleaned carrots in water - and you can use either the stove top of microwave. Remove and drain thoroughly, then mash as you would white or sweet potatoes.

carrot soup recipeAnd on that note, you can use white or sweet potatoes to create different variations of this diet soup. For the white potato version, you'd want to omit the ground cinnamon.

While you are mashing the carrots, you'll need to use the reduced fat butter as well as a bit of the milk to assist in making the consistency and texture a soup-state.

Keep using the milk until the desired state has been achieved; add the ground cinnamon and do a taste test when adding the sugar substitute. A little goes a very long way with sugar substitute. You can also add just a dash of salt if you wish to the soup.

This recipe serves four very generously; add your favorite whole grain bread and a cup of skim milk to your meal plate.

Broccoli & Cheese Diet Soup

Yet another one of our very quick and easy-to-prepare broccoli and cheese soup recipes. You will need the following ingredients: 1/2 cup of finely chopped cooked broccoli - and we recommend using the end of 'trees' and omitting the often-tough stalk of the vegetable. You will also need a small jar of queso - either mild, medium or hot in addition to two cups of skim or reduced fat milk and 1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro, and a squirt or two of fresh lime.

Add the queso to a pan or bowl, depending upon where you wish to cook the ingredients. Stir in the milk as well as the chopped broccoli; heat thoroughly on the stove top or in the microwave. Remove and add the cilantro and lime juice. Serve with heated tortillas - either flour or corn. If you opt for bagged tortilla chips, warm them in your oven and monitor your serving size.

Diet Cabbage Soup

Recipe Ingredients:

1 box of Cup a Soup by Lipton; there are four packets to the box OR you can opt for your favorite taco seasoning packet
1 cup of chopped celery
2 cups of common green cabbage, shredded

1/2 cup of sliced cleaned carrots

1/3 cup of bell peppers of any color or variety plus 1/2 cup of chopped onions, any variety
1 medium sized can of petite diced tomatoes
1 large box of clear, de-fatted chicken broth

Prepare the vegetables using the large box of chicken broth. When tender, add the Cup of Soup and cook until the noodles are done; it won't take long.

If you opt to skip the soup - because those little noodles don't always meld well with some palates, and you use your favorite taco seasoning instead, you will need to added additional defatted chicken broth.

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