Bette Midler and Mariah have two things in common. The obvious is that they are both Grammy award-winning singers. However, did you know that eating a lot of soup helped both of these legendary vocalists lose weight? So what’s the secret to soup?
Soup is a fantastic appetite suppressant because it’s made up of a mostly of liquids, so it is considered a low energy density food. This means that, due to its high water content, soup takes up a lot of space in your stomach without providing a lot of calories. So, starting a meal with a broth-based soup helps keep you from eating in higher-calorie foods later on. In fact, studies show that that people who started lunch with soup ended up eating 20 percent less than those who skipped the soup.
But while soup can be a secret weapon to help prevent weight loss, not all soups are the same. For weight loss to occur, the soup should be relatively low in calories like broths, tomato-based soups and bean soups rather than cream soups, bisques and chowders. Or if you crave something a bit heartier, chili (without all of the fatty fixings) is the way to go.
In addition to filling you up, bean soup or chili made with a lean protein are high in fiber, a great source of vegetable protein, and offer long-lasting energy because of their complex carbohydrate content.
Here is a recipe for a flavorful low fat, low calorie chili. Paired with a salad for a meal, or eaten out of a mug as a snack, it delivers on its promise as a delicious dish for any diet plan.
Nueva Tortilla Chili con Carne
1 package Nueva Cocina® Tortilla Soup
1 lb. low-fat ground turkey
1 15-oz. can small red beans (also highly recommended: navy beans)
1 ½ cup frozen whole kernel corn
½ medium green bell pepper, diced
½ medium red bell pepper, diced
2 sprigs of green onions, finely chopped
3 sprigs of culantro (preferred) or cilantro, finely chopped
1 pinch of salt (optional)
1/3 teaspoon black pepper
In a medium pot, prepare the Nueva Cocina® Tortilla Soup according to the instructions on the package. Add the corn, the red (or navy) beans, and the cilantro (or cilantro). Simmer.
In the meantime, in a medium saucepan, brown the low-fat ground turkey. Once almost completely brown, add the peppers, green onions, cilantro, salt and black pepper. Cook until done.
Pour the turkey mixture into the soup and stir. Cook for 7 minutes and serve.
Makes 4-6 servings.