1. Bloat-Eliminating Mexican Cabbage Soup
You may have previously heard of the “cabbage soup diet.” This is a popular weight-loss plan to lose weight by eating only cabbage soup.
Although we don’t recommend that, this twist on the classic recipe is great for accelerating weight loss. The cabbage in the soup acts as a diuretic, purging your body of excess water to make you feel less bloated and looking slimmer.
Not only does this soup have a ton of flavor, but the spicy chiles will naturally boost your metabolism.
With only 67 calories per serving, and 8.7 grams of fiber you won’t even notice that you’re eating fewer calories because it will leave you feeling full all day long.
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cups onions
- 1 cup carrot
- 1 cup celery
- 1 cup poblano or bell pepper
- 4 large cloves garlic
- 8 cups cabbage
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon minced chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken or veggie broth
- 4 cups water
- 2 (15 ounce) cans low-sodium pinto or black beans, rinsed
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- Optional garnishes: Crumbled queso fresco, nonfat plain Greek yogurt, diced avocado
Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add chopped onions, carrot, celery, and peppers. Mince and add garlic. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes. Then add sliced cabbage. Cook for 10 minutes more.
Next add tomato paste, chipotle, cumin, and cilantro, cook for one minute.
Add broth, water, beans, and salt. Cover and boil over high heat then reduce heat and simmer. Make sure the vegetables are tender, so cook for 10 more minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in cilantro and lime juice. Serve with garnishes of choice.
2. Super Green Detox Soup
Garlic and greens might not be foods you think of putting in a soup together, but we assure you, they are a much tastier combo than you may think.
Whether you had a long weekend of eating junk and are looking to get on track or simply want a detoxifying, fat-burning boost, this is a great option.
Similar to a green juice, using the same concept we have the green detox soup.
The kale and broccoli increase glucosinate in your system, which increases the power of your liver. This is essential to processing different enzymes and being the healthiest you can be.
With cilantro and parsley, you benefit from their digestion-aiding enzymes, which help to digest foods easily. The garlic is great for immune boosting and reducing nagging belly bloat.
- 2 large yellow onions
- 1 zucchini not peeled
- 10 leaves kale
- 1 head broccoli
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 head garlic
- ½ cup cilantro
- ½ cup parsley
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
In a large pot, heat coconut oil over medium. Chop and add onions, cook for 5 minutes. Add chopped zucchini, kale and broccoli and cook for 5 more minutes.
Pour in vegetable stock and bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer. Leave for 15-20 minutes or until broccoli is easily pierced with a fork.
Turn off the heat and add minced garlic. Let sit uncovered for 15 minutes. Blend with cilantro, parsley, lemon, and sea salt until smooth.
3. Protein-Packed Jamaican Curried Shrimp and Mango Soup
If you are looking to lose weight you might think that you need to give up every delicious food. With this Jamaican-inspired curried shrimp and mango soup, you’ll discover that’s just not the case.
Full of shrimp for metabolism-boosting protein and mangos which are low in calories per gram, this fiber-filled soup will hit the spot.
Add some flavor and spice with curry powder which helps to keep your metabolism ramped up, then eat with brown rice for a filling, fat-burning meal.
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion
- 2 stalks celery
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 serrano chile
- 2 tablespoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 cups seafood broth, stock or clam juice
- 1 (14.1 ounce) can coconut milk
- 3 ripe mangoes
- 1/4 pounds raw shrimp (21-25 count)
- 1 bunch scallions
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium. Add chopped onion and sliced celery. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
Add garlic, chile, curry powder, and thyme, stir for 30 seconds. Add broth, coconut milk, and mangoes. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Now puree 3 cups of the soup in a blender. Return the puree to the pot and bring to a simmer. Add deveined and peeled shrimp, then cook until pink and firm, about 3 minutes. Stir in scallions and salt.
4. Fat-Burning Vegetarian Chili
This tasty vegetarian chili takes only a half-hour to make and includes a variety of delicious, fat burning ingredients. With fiber-filled beans and filling tomatoes, the whole-grain bulgur adds a nutritional boost that will keep you full for hours.
If you like spice you can add a metabolism-boosting kick with chili powder and hot sauce.
- 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
- 3 medium onions
- 1 carrot
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1-2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 28-ounce can plus one 14-ounce can of whole tomatoes
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 15-ounce cans red kidney beans, rinsed
- 1/3 cup bulgur
- Garnish: 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt, 1/3 cup chopped scallions, 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add chopped onions, carrot, jalapeno, garlic. Include the chili powder to taste, and cumin. Cook until the onions and carrot are soft, which is about 5 to 7 minutes.
Add tomatoes from the can and salt. Cook for 5 minutes over high heat. Then reduce heat to low, stir in beans and bulgur. Simmer until the chili is thickened, it should take about 15 minutes.
Garnish with yogurt, scallions, and cilantro.
5. Inflammation-Soothing Tumeric Tomato Soup
This delicious recipe combines turmeric and tomatoes. These are two unlikely ingredients to be mixed together, but when you do, each spoonful is loaded with metabolism-boosting magic.
Turmeric is the root of the plant called Curcuma. It has a peppery flavor and is known for being bright yellow.
Turmeric is amazing because of its anti-inflammatory properties, which help your body produce less cortisol (the fat-producing hormone). When you reduce your cortisol levels your body is primed to burn more stubborn fat.
- 5 oz tomatoes
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- ½ cup stock (vegetable or chicken)
- 1 small onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp coconut or olive oil
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion and garlic until fragrant. Add turmeric and tomatoes, cook until the tomatoes soften. Add the can of tomatoes, soup stock, apple cider vinegar, and basil.
Bring to boil, cover with a lid and let simmer for six minutes. Then put it all into a blender. You can garnish with pumpkin seeds and fresh cracked pepper.
6. Immune-Boosting Chicken Detox Soup
If you are looking to get a head start on a healthy lifestyle this is a great option. Not only is it a savory comfort food, but it has ingredients to help you detox and feel great.
Full of chicken, vegetables, and ginger, this soup is sure to boost your immune system and metabolism as it removes toxins from your body.
Gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo, even if you have allergies, this soup fits in with any dietary needs.
- Chicken breast
- Chicken broth
- Olive oil
- Apple cider vinegar
- Crushed red pepper
- Ground turmeric
- Salt and pepper
Put a large saucepot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, chopped onions, celery, ginger, and garlic. Saute, then add the raw chicken breasts, broth, carrots, apple cider vinegar, crushed red pepper, turmeric, and sea salt.
Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked through. When they are done, remove, and set aside. Add the broccoli, peas, and parsley to the pot. Simmer until broccoli is soft.
Then, shred the chicken and put it back into the soup. Add salt and pepper to finish.
7. Metabolic Magic Soup
Did you know tomatoes naturally can increase your resting metabolic rate immediately after consuming them? This means you’ll burn more fat and calories while lounging on the couch or watching TV.
Since this soup is made mostly from tomatoes, tomato juice, loads of vegetables, and garlic, the moment you begin drinking down this soup you will feel the difference.
Airy and light, we recommend using low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth. With kidney beans for added fiber, only one bowl of this will keep you full at lunch or dinner.
- 32 ounces chicken broth you may use low-sodium
- 3 cups organic tomato juice
- 28 ounces Italian diced tomatoes
- 1 small onion
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 3 carrots peeled and sliced
- 1 zucchini diced
- 1 yellow squash diced
- 2 cups green beans fresh or frozen
- 14 ounces kidney beans drained and rinsed
- 3-4 cups shredded cabbage
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Salt and Pepper to taste
In a large frying pan, spray with cooking spray. Add garlic, onions, carrots, and mushrooms, then sauté for about 5 minutes. In a large crockpot, you should then combine the rest of the ingredients with the ones you just sautéed. Cook on high for 2 to 3 hours.