Weight Watchers Recipe(s) of the Day: Healthy Cabbage Soup Recipes for the Crock Pot and Stove Top
I love soup. It’s my magical weight loss secret!
Eating a bowl of soup for lunch and/or dinner several times a week is one of my favorite easy, healthy delicious strategies for staying at goal or losing any extra pounds that can creep up on me. It’s magic in a bowl!
When you eat a really good bowl of soup, you feel good and you know you’re being healthy too.
The Benefits of Soup:
- Soup fills you up with fewer calories.
- Soup blunts your appetite.
- Soup crushes cravings.
- Soup banishes bloating.
- Soup boosts metabolism.
Remember the cabbage soup diet?
Well, it turns out that soup as a diet aid should be taken seriously. Studies show that it’s much easier to eat only the amount of food allowed on a diet when the main course is preceded by a bowl of soup.
In a study from Pennsylvania State University, researchers asked women to eat chicken casserole, chicken casserole with a glass of water, or chicken casserole with the same amount of water added to make a soup. They were then allowed to eat whatever they liked for lunch.
The women who ate the soup consumed around 100 fewer calories at lunchtime and didn’t compensate by eating more during the rest of the day!
While I adore soup, for a long time I resisted recipes for any kind of cabbage soup because I associated “cabbage soup” with that boring bland Cabbage Soup Diet recipe of the past.
I decided years ago that life was too short to subject myself to boring bland food in the name of weight loss ever again.
I’ve since discovered that cabbage soups don’t have to be bland or boring. These soups have restored my belief in the ability of cabbage soup to be as delicious as it is good for you.
Try one or more of these delicious Weight Watcher friendly cabbage soups and see if you don’t agree.
Naturally low in calories, the recipes have low Freestyle SmartPoints values ranging from *0 to *4 per serving and can be made in the slow cooker or the stovetop. Enjoy!
Weight Watchers Cabbage Soup Recipes
Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup
Each cup of this easy, healthy and delicious crock pot sweet and sour cabbage soup has just 78 calories, *2 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
Shredded Cabbage Soup
Here’s a simple shredded cabbage soup that is perfect when you want a nourishing way to compensate after several days of overindulgence. 149 calories, *2 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
Weight Watchers Simply Filling Slow Cooker Bean & Cabbage Soup
Each Serving has 198 calories, *0 WW Freestyle SmartPoints. This slow cooker bean and cabbage soup is easy, healthy and satisfying. Why not make a big batch this weekend to enjoy all week long?
Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup with Sausage
And let me tell you, this makes one incredibly satisfying main-dish soup. I still can’t get over how tasty it turned out and have been enjoying the leftovers for lunch. Rod really liked it too and commented on how filling it was. 145 calories, *4 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
Weight Watchers Garden Vegetable Soup
One of my favorite soups is this simple garden vegetable soup. Brimming with vegetables that you can modify it to suit your tastes and what’s available/in season.
You’ll often find a container of it right in the front of my fridge ready and waiting for when hunger pangs strike.
At just 41 calories and *0 WW Freestyle SmartPoints per serving, it’s a great way to fill up without filling out!
It’s not to say there are not lots of other delicious recipes for borscht out there or that I won’t try a different variation next time, but for today this was perfect with only 220 calories, *3 WW Freestyle SmartPoints per serving!
Leftover Corned Beef Cabbage Soup
This simple, tasty leftover corned beef cabbage soup stirs together in no time, yet tastes hearty and delicious. If you want to make this simple leftover corned beef cabbage soup but don’t have the leftovers, you could use a 4 ounce chunk of corned beef from the deli counter and fresh vegetables instead. They’ll just take a few minutes longer to simmer and become tender, just 119 calories, *3 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
*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.