I must declare that I LOVE to EAT. All kinds of food…. sweets, fried food, cheese, etc. I absolutely adore food, rather its comforting me through sadness, entertaining me in boredom, or it’s the festive addition when I am socializing. FOOD practically runs my world. It is also equally important to me, especially the older I become, to be healthy. Meaning, being more cognizant about the amount and types of foods I am consuming on a regular basis. My latest goal, has been training myself to start making healthier alternatives to the tasty foods I enjoy. In addition, I have also started to seek out new recipes that I would enjoy making as well as recipes that are not only healthy and delicious but are relatively simple to make.
I enjoy eating soup in the fall and winter seasons. The warm concoctions are just what I need to feel the belly and warm my soul. I grew up eating my mother’s home cooking, and one of her favorite things to was cabbage. Honestly, I could not stand eating it. I don’t know what it was about her cabbage, the smell of it cooking, the taste, or just the fact that it was healthy (adolescent nonsense).
I must admit that sometimes I can be a sucker for trying new health fads. Looking for the next quick fix for shedding unwanted pounds, especially around the holidays. When my mother mentioned that she wanted to get serious about her health, we researched and found the 7-day cabbage soup diet. This recipe was very simple to make, buying the ingredients pre-cut makes the preparation process easier. I am not at all a physician or dietician but it’s not magic, it’s science. Consuming such a low calorie and de-toxify meal and adding the benefits of fruits and tons of water will help with Weight Loss. Results will vary on an individual basis, depending on how well you can stick with it and not be deterred sweets and treats. I added some fish nuggets, and chicken towards the end of the week. I was really starting to get sick of eating the same thing and was still working out intensely. It’s up to you how you want to tailor the recipe to fit your lifestyle. I made a large portion of it for both me and my mother. I prepared this recipe below to go along with the diet, I can discuss my results in a later post.
If you love soup, try this delicious recipe…….
- green bell peppers
- Olive oil
- Low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 or 2 cans of diced tomatoes (whole whole)
- bunch celery (sliced)
- head cabbage (chopped)
- Optional: 1 or 2 cubes bouillon
- Kosher salt (to taste)
- Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
- Optional: parsley, curry powder, garlic powder, paprika, etc.
Simply pre-cut all of your veggies and start by heating the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots and celery and lastly the garlic then sauté for about 6 minutes. Stir in cabbage, bell pepper, tomatoes, broth, and seasonings with salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until veggies are tender, about 15 minutes. Serve your soup warm