Soups: Good for Your Waistline

Soup is a miraculous and tasty dish. It can bring communities together, warm your soul, and according to recent research, it can also trim your waistline. Dieters and weight-watchers may be a little hesitant to add different soups to their meal plans for fear of fat and high sodium but fret no more. The nutritious contents of soup may be just what you need to lose those extra pounds.

According to Everyday Health, “adding water into a food makes it more filling than drinking water separately.” This was proven in a study in which one group of female participants ate a casserole and drank a glass of water, while the other group ate soup. Though the soup contained the same ingredients as the casserole, the second group reported less hunger afterward. This is because the water in soup adds volume and makes you feel fuller.

Soup will not only help you snack less, it’ll also help you manage your weight. A study published in the Obesity Research Journal found that having two 10-ounce servings of broth-based soup each day as part of your regular weight-conscious diet can help you lose extra pounds. In fact, after six months you could lose almost twice the amount of weight. The fiber found in some of the soup ingredients can help you control your hunger.

According to some scientists, thick soups with large chunks are the key to that full feeling, but research shows that the consistency of the soup doesn’t matter. However, when you decide on soups it’s best to stick to broth-based or tomato soups, which are low in calories. Creamy soups won’t do. Try soups with cauliflower, eggs, fish, beans, broccoli, or carrots. Their nutritional values make great slimming ingredients.

For further soup inspiration, consider the following Mindful soups.

  1.  Curry pumpkin and lentil soup. For a soup that full of fiber and vitamin A consider our Mindful curry pumpkin and lentil soup, which includes butternut pumpkin, red lentils, vegetable stock, and coconut milk.
  2. “Creamy” turnip soup. For a nondairy “creamy” soup consider our Mindful “creamy” turnip soup. This soup is made with turnips, vegetable stock, and white wine.