If you are looking for a simple weight loss strategy, try a bowl of soup. Studies have shown that foods high in water content such as soups, fruits and vegetables help you feel fuller. Starting a meal with a bowl of soup or having it as a snack can be a tasty way to tame your appetite.
Celebrate the start of summer with this cool, refreshing cucumber soup that’s quick to prepare and full of goodness. Cucumbers are high in water, low in calories and yogurt provides protein, B-vitamins as well as bone-friendly calcium, all for only 80 calories per cup.
1/2 English cucumber
2 cups plain 2% yogurt
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp fresh dill
1/4 tsp ground pepper
- Peel about one half of the cucumber, leaving some skin on; cut into 1-inch pieces.
- In a blender or food processor, combine cucumber, yogurt, garlic, dill and pepper; process until completely pureed.
- Chill for 1 hour or overnight.
- Garnish each portion with dill sprigs.
Makes 4 servings
One Serving: Calories: 80, Protein: 6 grams, Fat: 1.5 grams, Carbohydrate: 9 grams, Sodium: 85 mg