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Souped Up! 4 Winter Soups That’ll Make Muscle And Melt Fat

Souped Up! 4 Winter Soups That’ll Make Muscle And Melt Fat

These four simple concoctions can help you build muscle, lose fat and hit your nutritional goals through the hectic holiday season and beyond!

This just in: winter wreaks havoc on fitness goals! Motivation drops with the mercury, and seasonal pounds pile on as quickly as bad holiday sweaters. Before you know it, you'll be fatter than a holiday turkey and slower than ...

Stop right there - not this year. This year, you can fight the winter fitness sludge with a little something called ... soup. That's right, you heard me: soup. Not only is soup a warm and wonderful comfort food, but it can be a great fitness food, too! You can make high-calorie muscle-building bowls or low-calorie fat-loss cups.

Even better, hot liquids have been suggested to curb high hunger levels. Soups containing less than 100 calories per serving can help you melt winter blubber like salt on snow. Or, make a high-calorie protein chili to build winter muscle. Pretty soon, you won't be throwing snowballs, you'll be throwing entire snowmen.

Whatever your winter fitness goal, take a look at these top recipes specifically seasoned for a variety of nutritional needs!

1. Protein-Packed, Muscle-Building Chili

This muscle-building chili recipe is jam-packed with protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber! Use it for a quick lunch on the go or between meals for a high-calorie snack. If you're not a barley fan, it can be omitted.

Don't make a scene, eat your beans!
(Just don't forget the two pounds of poultry.)

Nutritional Info (makes 10 servings):

Calories: 420
Carbs: 50 g
Fat: 6.8 g
Protein: 40.5 g

Ingredients:


Directions:

  • Begin by spraying a large pot with non-stick cooking spray. Next, add olive oil and minced garlic over medium heat - bring to a boil.
  • Add peppers, onions and mushrooms and stir until lightly tender. Then, add chicken, beans, corn, tomatoes, tomato sauce and water - bring to a boil.
  • Finally, if you choose, stir in barley and spices and cook for 25 minutes on low heat. Sprinkle with low-fat cheddar cheese to top it off.

2. Fat Burning, Stomach Filling Vegetable Soup

This soup is a perfect option for those looking to lose weight and defeat hunger. The key to any fat loss diet is keeping your hunger levels low!

Come out of your shell! Fill up and melt fat.

Not only is this recipe high in volume, but it warms your core to satisfy annoying cravings. This soup can be prepared with or without chicken. You can even start without and add poultry later if you feel its pull.

Nutritional Info (makes 10 servings):

Calories: 84
Carbs: 7.7 g
Fat: 1.9 g
Protein: 8.2 g

Ingredients:


Directions:

  1. Begin by heating olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Next, add garlic, onions, celery and carrots and sauté for seven minutes or until tender. Toss in zucchini, cabbage and corn cobs and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add spices and broth with chicken (optional). Bring to a boil, cover and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Top with green onions and spinach and cook for two more minutes.

3. 'Souped Up' Chicken Soup

This variation of the classic favorite is loaded with antioxidants, nutrient-dense, and designed to support your body-composition goals.

If you're building muscle, double up the pasta serving for more carbs.

If you're on a strict low-carb diet, prepare it without pasta for a leaner option that works with individual goals.

Nutritional Info (makes 10 servings):

Calories: 98
Carbs: 13.2 g
Fat: 1 g
Protein: 9 g

Ingredients:


Directions:

  1. Bring broth and water to a simmer over medium-high heat in a large pot. Next, add onions, carrots, celery and thyme and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Add egg noodles with chicken and pasta and simmer uncovered for 8-10 minutes.

4. Oriental Noodle Bowl

For something original, try this oriental noodle bowl. Many oriental dishes served at popular fast food chains are loaded with MSG, fat and sometimes sugar, but this soup offers wholesome nutrition.

Oodles of noodles! Slurp this soup, whole kit and kaboodle.

If you like, liven it up with your favorite vegetables!

Nutritional Info (makes 10 servings):

Calories: 83
Carbs: 5 g
Fat: 1.2 g
Protein: 6.8 g

Ingredients:


Directions:

  1. Begin by heating olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and ginger and sauté for three minutes. Add broth, carrots, celery, snow peas, carrots and broccoli - bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 4-5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Next, add noodles and cook for 3-5 minutes or until slightly softened. Add shrimp and simmer covered for 5-6 minutes.
  3. Finally, stir in soy sauce, sprinkle with pepper and top with bean sprouts.

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Cool service.They looks pretty good!And you even suggest oriental dishes-----I enjoy it! Thanks ,lady!

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Really nice article!

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Sounds Delicious... Will Try

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would be nice to have total nutrition facts, but good recipes! going to try these today!

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Deformatory

I love soups for their "fill factor". Great article!

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I am so trying these soup recipes out!!

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Wow! I can't wait until payday! Looks good! Thanks...

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Just made a venison chili. Turned out awesome! Should try some recipes with venison.

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Can't wait to make these!

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making the oriental noodle soup today, can anyone tell me how much is considered a serving? Will be cutting recipe in half.

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