I’m calling it this ” weight loss soup ” because it’s FINALLY what helped me to take off my baby weight. Normally after having a child I bounce right back, run a million miles an hour and loose any extra pounds I had. Well, not with this 4th child. I was very sick, had a lot of health problems with this 4th baby and gained more weight than normal. I also didn’t bounce back to my normal energetic self. Nothing was typical with this pregnancy or postpartum to say the least. It was a real struggle in every way. EVERY way.
So, with an almost 2 year old I found myself with easily another 15 pounds to lose. ugh. and I’m so tired of carrying it around. I want to feel confident again! The trick was the weight loss soup! and I still use it quite often. Whenever I need to loose a few or maintain weight I make a big batch of weigh loss soup.
I don’t believe in extreme dieting. I honestly feel you are abusing your body. I’m talking about when you starve your body of essential nutrients/foods for months at time. Our bodies were made to take in all (healthy) foods from the Earth. Our bodies function in a manner that allow us to digest, absorb, process all these foods. For the same reasons we shouldn’t do the opposite. For instance just because sugar isn’t a drug it isn’t the best for us, we shouldn’t consume tons of it, obviously. But on the flip sides, our body was made with special bacteria to digest and absorb grains and rice, so if we completely remove these by choice our body goes through major side effects (especially if trying to re-enter them into our gut after grains being absent for a period of time).
(meaning I still at all foods- carbs, sugar included but only what I needed), smaller portions, and lotsa healthy foods. Exercise and BOOM. 15 pounds were gone in 2 months. In particular -> this soup. It’s full of flavor and nearly calorie and carb free. You can fill your belly full and stay full all afternoon. NO SNACKING, unless its healthy–fruits, veggies, protein.I make a large batch of weight loss soup and eat it for my lunches. (I usually have a small soda with it. Caffeine is a natural diet suppressant, so it gets me through the afternoon without having the desire to snack)
I grab the best, freshest veggies. My favorite is to shop at grocery stores for these. For living in Southern California I go to Ralphs. Grocery Stores (vs a super store) receive their produce in from better suppliers, delivered more frequently (so its fresher) and have higher standards for quality but not higher prices. This is especially true for Ralphs. Ralph’s also has a mobile app you can have right on your phone. This allows me to plan my meals around their coupons that week. It’s so convenient! You don’t have to use these set vegetable I used, you can grab whatever is on sale. The key is to use a ton of quality flavorful veggies and good seasonings.
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- 3 chicken breast (or 1 lb beef if choosing to do beef)
- 1 med zucchini
- 1 large carrots
- 1 can beans (your favorite)
- 1-2 celery stalks
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper
- 1/4 head of cabbage (about a cup)
- 32 oz or about 4 cups broth
- 1 large potato or 2-3 red potatoes
- 2 TBS olive oil
- 1 can diced tomatoes or 2-3 roma tomatoes diced
- 5-10 basil leaves
- 1 tsp oregano leaves
- 1 TBS knorrs chicken or beef bullion
- Start by cooking your choice of meat. If you are doing chicken you can boil and then shred, or I personally like to grill several chicken breasts and use some for soups and salads throughout the week. If you are doing ground beef the sauté it with the onion diced step below.
- Prepare all of your vegetables. Cut them into bite sized pieces.
- In a large stock pot sauté onion in olive oil until translucent.
- Add garlic (minced) and stir for one minute.
- Add remaining veggies, including tomatoes and chicken broth, water and bullion.
- Add about 1 tsp salt and oregano.
- Allow soup to cook until veggies are just fork tender. Remove from heat.
- Stir in basil and flavor with more salt and pepper.
@RalphsGrocery provided me with compensation in exchange for a mention, but all opinions expressed and recipes here are my own. #lovemyralphs