The Healthy Eating Challenge begins in two weeks but for now I’ve decided to celebrate the end of my holiday binging with some good old fashioned cabbage soup.
Full of fiber and packed with flavor, cabbage soup has been the go-to staple for generations of post-holiday dieters looking to lose a few pounds sensibly. Some weight loss fanatics go the extra mile and exclusively consume cabbage soup for an entire week-however it is possible to have too much of a good thing and a diet of nothing but cabbage has me weeping tears of boredom.
Cabbage soup can help you lose weight by filling you full of veggies without hefty calories from fat and meat. There’s no added sugar in cabbage soup either which makes sense. But while there’s plenty of vitamins and minerals in a steaming bowl of soup, there isn’t much else. It contains no complete protein and won’t fuel you with enough energy to power an entire afternoon. Existing on soup along is definitely out.
So if you’re looking to lose a few pounds in the new year, adding this delicious cabbage soup to your diet will certainly help with weight loss but be sure to supplement this nourishing dish with lean protein, healthy fats, a variety of fruits and vegetables and complex carbohydrates like brown rice or quinoa. Try having the soup for lunch and then round out your day with a healthy meal for supper.
1/2 head cabbage chopped
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, peeled and chopped
1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley
1 large can diced tomatoes
4 c. vegetable stock
1 Tbsp oil
Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Throw in your onion, carrots, pepper and celery and saute until softened (about five minutes). Pour in tomatoes and stock and then toss in the rest of your ingredients. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until the cabbage is tender (about 20 minutes). This soup freezes well. One batch would do nicely for a week worth of single serve lunches. Enjoy and happy ‘dieting’.