As the weather changes, it’s the perfect time to start serving your favorite soup recipes. Soup is a great option for a healthy meal, but its health benefits can be extended even further by adding some ingredients. Specifically, adding some new vegetables to your favorite soup recipes can be the key to speeding up your metabolism and burning calories.
Read on for the 4 veggies you should always add to soup for weight loss.
Carrots are a staple in many soup recipes and for good reason. Lisa Richards, nutritionist and author of The Candida Diet, explains, "This vegetable increases your metabolism in two incredible ways. The hard texture of carrots make the body work harder to digest them, which increases the amount of calories the body burns."
She continues, "The fiber content of carrots also increases the rate at which the body burns calories."
Broccoli is another great veggie to add to your soup. Richards tells SheFinds, "This vegetable may truly be a miracle food."
Broccoli's miracle food status speeds up weight loss in two key ways. She explains, "First, it increases the body's ability to burn fat. Second, broccoli increases the feeling of fullness, which helps to decrease overeating and ultimately leads to weight loss."
Richards also recommends adding some spinach to your soup. She explains, "The low calorie content of spinach aids in weight loss, but this vegetable also increases your metabolism. The high amount of iron in spinach speeds up your metabolism."
That's not all. Richards continues, "Spinach is also packed with nutrients, and when it is a part of a daily health routine, these nutrients keep the body healthy and working efficiently--including the body's ability to burn calories."
Dr. Josh Axe, founder of Ancient Nutrition & DrAxe.com and author of the best-selling book Keto Diet and the upcoming Collagen Diet , suggests adding cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower. "Not only are cruciferous vegetables bursting with good-for-you ingredients, they’re also some of the best fat-burning foods because they are nutritionally dense, high in volume, and low in calories."
Adding cauliflower to your soup is a delicious and healthy way to boost your metabolism and speed up weight loss.