Healthy Cabbage Soup Recipe
This time of year everyone is trying to eat healthier. I know for me it’s always difficult to get started. I keep saying this weekend I’ll start or next week I’ll change my diet and eat healthier, but it’s easy to put it off.
One way to kickstart your healthy eating is to make a big batch of a low calorie soup and make it your primary meal, (lunch and dinner) for a few days. This is generally known as a cabbage soup diet, but as a diet it doesn’t work well since it is so low in calories, but as a quick cleanse to reset your bodies cravings it can really help.
The diet has been around since the 1950s in one form or another, but it basically consists of making a large batch of cabbage soup. The high-fiber intake paired with a high-moisture intake and the diuretic properties of cabbage are said to affect the kidneys and digestive system, scouring the body of solid and liquid waste.
This helps to rid your body of toxins and excess stored water and immediately get’s you craving healthy foods. Eat this soup each day with a low fat, low carb diet and drink plenty of water, at least eight cups a day. Slowly add in more protein and avoid starchy foods. Double up on salads and use this soup as a platform to launch your new healthy eating.
- 1/2 cup celery, finely diced
- 1 cup white or yellow onion, finely diced
- 1/2 cup carrots, finely diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 14 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup carrots chopped in1/4-inch round
- ½ head of cabbage, chopped
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp basil
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- Freshly ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt (optional)
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
- Add finely chopped celery, onions, bell peppers, and carrots.
- Stir in oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, black pepper and salt (if using).
- Sauté until carrots are slightly tender and onions are translucent.
- Stir in garlic, sauté for 30 seconds or until acutely fragrant.
- Add in chicken broth, tomatoes, large carrots and cabbage.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer.
- Cook until cabbage is tender, about 5-10 minutes.
- Taste broth and adjust seasoning if needed.
- Serve and enjoy!