Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Diet of the Month

So you are probably trying to lose some weight. Everybody wants to look their best, especially with summer coming. So I thought I would share my latest, favorite diet. I have tried them all, and I know that most of them will probably work for you, it’s just a matter of sticking with something…. even when it’s really hard. But the key to sticking it out, is being able to get through the day and not feel completely deprived. Life is hard enough! So here is the Extreme Soup Diet from an issue of Woman’s World Magazine from this past February. The soup is really delicious and the diet is not hard to follow. I also liked having a “mini meal” every 4 hours, because I really never got hungry. Good luck!

Eat 4 meals a day, spaced 4 hours apart. 2 of these meals is a serving of soup, and then choose 2 of the mini meals listed below.

Extreme Diet Soup (eat twice a day)
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 large white onions, very thinly sliced
1 ½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken or turkey breast, diced
1 large carrot – finely shredded
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 jalopeno pepper with seeds, minced
2 tsp minced fresh thyme or oregano (or 1 tsp dried thyme or oregano)
8 cups fat free natural chicken broth
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained
6 packed cups fresh baby spinach leaves
1 large tomato finely diced
salt and pepper, to taste
7 tbs. Grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste
lemon wedges (optional)
Heat oil in large stockpot over medium heat. Add onions, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add chicken, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes more, or until chicken is cooked through and onions are lightly browned. Add carrot, garlic, jalapeno and thyme; cook another 2 mins. Stir in broth and increase heat to high. Bring to a boil. Add beans, spinach, and tomato. Bring back to boil, then turn off heat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle each serving with 1 tbs parmesan cheese. If desired, add a squirt of lemon
Servings: 7
calories: 270
protein: 27 grams
Fat 8 g, Carbs 20g
Sodium 880 mg, fiber 6g, sugar 6 g

Mini meal options (enjoy two daily)

1 egg cooked in 1 tsp olive oil or butter
1 slice whole-grain toast or ½ English muffin, 2 tsp jam
1 cup melon
1 cup oatmeal
1/3 cup fat free plain yogurt
1 small diced apple or peach
1 tbs sliced almonds
1 veggie burger
1 slice swiss cheese
veggies to taste
2 tsp each ketchup and mustard
1 whole wheat bun
1 oz lean deli meat
¾ oz sliced cheese
baby spinach
mustard to taste
2 slices whole-grain bread
1/3 cup fruit
1 cup whole-wheat pasta
1 diced tomato
1 oz mozzarella
fresh basil and
garlic salt to taste
3 oz fish baked with lemon and herbs
2 cups green beans or asparagus,
1 tsp butter or oil
½ cup hummus
1 cup sliced cucumber
½ cup red grapes
3 cups mixed salad greens
2 tbs parmersan cheese
2 tbs Caesar dressing
2/3 cup fruit

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