Monday, January 11, 2010

Winter Weight Control Tip - Fill up on soup

It's easy to pack on (or keep on) the pounds this time of year, but spring and summer will arrive before we know it -- thank goodness -- and we should plan now for swim-suit season. Even if you never bare all in a skimpy suit or other revealing clothes, your wellness depends on maintaining a healthy weight.
Keep soup on your menus and the task will be easier. The liquid content makes soup more filling than less-liquid foods. Be sure to avoid cream soups, which add empty calories and "bad" fats, and compare labels on canned soups so you can choose lower-sodium varieties.
Above is a photo of my favorite canned soup, Trader Joe's lentil vegetable. Of course, nothing beats a good quality chicken noodle, such as the Campbell's variety in the other photo.
I like to add healthful ingredients to canned soup, too. One no-brainer is diced, no-salt-added tomatoes--perhaps 1/4 to 1/3 cup per serving. Another interesting addition is (believe it or not) baby food veggies, such as carrots or green beans--spoon a jar into your soup before you microwave to heat.
And finally, I doctor up the soup with a dash of cayenne pepper and (sometimes) a sprinkling of dried oregano or thyme.
Have some whole wheat bread or a few whole grain crackers and voila! it's a meal.

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