I hope all is well in your corner of the world and that you are keeping cozy and warm, which might be a bit tricky depending on where you live.
The holidays may be over, but the chilling effects of winter will be with us for a while.
One of my favorite ways to warm up from the inside out is with a steaming bowl of delicious, nutritious soup. It’s the perfect “diet” food for this time of year.
On my way home from yoga one morning this week, I decided to stop off at Barnes & Noble for a quick look around before heading home to my laptop.
As expected, diet and fitness books were everywhere.
I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to contemplate during the long, dark, cold days of winter are freezing cold smoothies. Brrr!!!!
If you live in the southern hemisphere – such as Australia or New Zealand – beginning the new year this way makes perfect sense…because it’s summer!
But winter in the northern hemisphere (and especially the northern half), calls for warm and hearty soups and stews, which can be super slimming too.
It turns out she’s a fellow soup lover, having it most everyday for lunch. The first chapter of her book is labeled “Soup Love” with 19 delicious-looking recipes.
Do you have a favorite soup?
This week I’ve been enjoying Mom’s Hearty Lentil Sausage Stew.
Next week I’m planning to make a big pot of Turkey Meatball Spinach Tortellini Soup from my Favorite Skinny Soup Recipes for the Slow Cooker and Stovetop eCookbook.
Here are 6 of my favorite warm and slimming soups perfect for this time of year:
Slimming Soup #1 – Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup Made Lighter
Are you a fan of Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi Soup, but not all the fat and calories? You’ll love my version of Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup Made Lighter. Just as rich, creamy and flavorful as the original. Only BETTER with less fat and calories and fewer WeightWatchers SmartPoints! Tender bites of chicken, Italian potato dumplings and vegetables suspended in a thick, creamy flavorful broth, this soup is hearty enough to be meal-worthy. 225 calories, 6 SmartPoints Click here for the recipe.
Slimming Soup #2 – Easy 4-Ingredient Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup
I love broccoli cheese soup and have posted several versions through the years here on Simple Nourished Living. This easy crock pot broccoli cheese soup is the easiest tastiest yet. With just 4 ingredients it’s a snap to put together and turns out creamy and delicious. 134 calories, 4 SmartPoints Click here for the recipe.
Slimming Soup #3 – Lightened Up Slow Cooker Ham & Wild Rice Soup
Looking for a delicious easy peasy soup recipe perfect for cold winter nights? How about a pot of slow cooker ham and wild rice soup? Just toss together a few ingredients into your slow cooker in the morning and it will be waiting for you at dinnertime. How wonderful is that? 205 calories, 6 SmartPoints Click here for the recipe.
(eCourse + eBook)
(eCourse + eBook)
Slimming Soup #4 – Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
This slow cooker ham split pea soup is chock full of good-for-you ingredients including – split peas, onions, carrots and celery. Packed with fiber, it will keep you full for hours. And it’s a great way to put a leftover ham bone to work. (If you don’t have a ham bone, you can use a ham hock instead, or skip the ham bone altogether.) 271 calories, 6 SmartPoints Click here for the recipe.
Slimming Soup #5 – White Bean Sausage Soup
With Italian-style chicken sausage, tons of veggies, beans, and escarole, this soup is sure to make your belly warm, full, and happy. 230 Calories, 6 SmartPoints Click here for the recipe.
Slimming Soup #6 – Slow Cooker Bean Barley Soup
Here’s an easy slow cooker bean barley soup, healthy and satisfying, that comes together in minutes and can simmer in the crock pot for hours. It’s perfect for this hectic time of year. Click here for the recipe.
P.S. If you’re a fellow soup lover, be sure to check out my Favorite Skinny Soup Recipes for the Slow Cooker and Stovetop.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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