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!
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.
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!
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.
'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.
chicken broth 2 qt
water 1 qt
onions 2 large
carrots 2 large
celery stocks 2 large
dried thyme 1 tsp
chicken breasts 3
egg noodles 2 cups
cabbage 1 cup
- 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.
- Add egg noodles with chicken and pasta and simmer uncovered for 8-10 minutes.
Serving Size (1) Recipe yields 10
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.
If you like, liven it up with your favorite vegetables!