Many of you sent me e-mails asking for effective and healthy dishes that help you lose weight. Well, one of my favorites is the Cabbage Soup Diet.
You will be eating a healthy, delicious soup that is full of vitamins, minerals and does not taste like a diet soup.
With exercise, drinking plenty of water and tea, you can lose up to 7 lb (over 3 kg) in just one week. However, please remember that this is not a miracle diet. It is also missing protein therefore it cannot be repeated right away. One thing I also learned is that jumping on the scale every chance I get doesn’t actually make you lose weight faster
So if you have a few pounds to lose why don’t you try this diet. I can guarantee you will not go hungry. If you crave sweets, grab a fruit and I can guarantee you that you will get over the craving in a day or two.
This soup is low fat, full of antioxidants and Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Potassium and Manganese; it is also high in fiber. One downside to this diet is that if you ONLY eat cabbage soup, it becomes very boring. However, to make it more exciting you may also have some healthy additions to this diet.
Sample Meal Plan
1 whole wheat toast with 2 slices of tomatoes on top, sprinkled with Mrs. Dash or any other salt-free spice mix.
1 cup of unsweetened green tea (drink caffeine free tea)
3-4 baby carrots
2-3 slices of English cucumbers
2 cherry tomatoes cut in half
Dip For Snack
Mix together 2 tbsp. of natural yoghurt with 1/2 tsp. Mrs. Dash or any other salt free spice mix
1 large bowl of Cabbage Soup
Your choice of fruit except bananas
1 large bowl of Cabbage Soup
For breakfast, morning and afternoon snack you may choose from the following, so you are not having the same food all the time
any caffeine free tea (if your blood pressure is not high, you may use regular tea)
cranberry juice (always choose no sugar added)
water (try not to have too much carbonated spring water, regular is best)
If you combine the diet with light regular exercise you may see better and faster results
Now, let me share with you the recipe that will surely become your go-to-recipe whenever you need to lose some weight fast.
1 large onion, peeled, chopped
3 green onions, chopped (cut off tips at both ends and wash green onions)
3 large tomatoes (cut our the hard core where the stem was), chop up tomatoes
1 large green bell pepper, cored and sliced
1 large red bell pepper, cored and sliced
1 large yellow bell pepper, cored and sliced
1 jalapeño pepper, remove stem, slice (please be careful when handling hot peppers)
1/2 large, green cabbage, shredded
1/4 red cabbage, shredded
6 Brussel sprouts, cut in half
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 springs of fresh Oregano (or 1/2 tsp. dry)
2 springs of fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp. dry)
2 springs of Marjoram (or 1/4 tsp. dry)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Mrs. Dash (Original or Spicy)
1 bunch of parsley, chopped
1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped
10 baby carrots
1 parsnip, peeled, sliced
2 celery sticks, washed, slided
2 large cans of chopped, tomatoes
2 tbsp. of olive oil
1 tsp. tumeric
Place oil and all vegetables into a large stockpot. Sauté for a few minutes and add all ingredients. Also add enough water to cover soup. Cook on medium high heat for about 45-50 minutes. Remember to always add more liquid to soup. When your soup is done, it should look like a vegetable stew as seen on the photo.
I hope you will enjoy this recipe and it will help you lose weight. Remember, not to over do it. Ask you doctor before you start by printing this recipe and showing it to him. Take care and let me know how it worked.