Sip, sip and slurp. That's how we like to spend our winter evenings with our cup full of warm chicken soup. Let's admit it, a slight nip in the air is enough to trigger our cravings, and since the winter is upon us now, it is time to don that apron after all. Warm, soothing and full of comfort, a bowl of well-made chicken soup can spread instant cheer. It only helps that the treat is so healthy too. Yes, you heard us, chicken soup, if made right could make for value addition to your weight-loss diet.
Chicken is a source of lean protein. Now, if you are on a weight-loss diet, you must be privy to the role of protein in your life. Protein helps build muscle; the more muscle you have the lesser room there is for fat to accumulate. Protein also helps induce the feeling of satiety. You are much less likely to binge, if you are already full. Since protein takes a while to digest, it stays in your system all the while longer, thus preventing cravings.
The best part about soups are the creative and innovative spins you can give to the treat. You like classic ol' chicken soup, great. But if you are willing to explore, then there are options galore to spruce it up. Broccoli, peppers, onions, mushrooms, throw in all that you want in your soup - and you are most likely to end up with something delish.
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Protein helps build muscle
Packed with succulent chicken chunks, and tender mushrooms, this soup is a feisty mix of all things healthy and yummy. Here goes the recipe:
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1/2 medium onion chopped finely
• 1 Cup of mushrooms chopped
• 2 cups of boiled and shredded chicken
• 3 cups of water
• 2 large carrots peeled & sliced thin
• 3 cloves garlic minced
• 1 and a half cups of chicken broth or stock
• Salt & pepper to taste
1. In a pan, add olive oil and onion and saute for five minutes over medium heat.
2. Next, add garlic and mushroom and saute for 4-5 minutes.
3. Once the contents are nicely sauteed, add carrots, chicken stalk, and water, and increase the flame. Let it come to boil.
4. Add the chicken, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 8-9 minutes.
5. Now, add salt and pepper to taste.
6. Serve hot. Garnish with thyme and mixed Italian herbs.
This soup is ideal for days you are in no mood to cook, or eat heavy. Try this recipe at home and let us know how you liked it.
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