The benefits of diet cabbage soup go far beyond weight loss. Not only is this soup extremely low in calories but it is loaded with vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
Where to even begin?
Cabbage is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, riboflavin (otherwise known as vitamin B2) and folate (known as folic acid or vitamin B9).
It also provides us with calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and manganese and is also a good source of dietary fiber, protein, thiamin, niacin and phosphorus.
Because cabbage is also a liver loving food it helps the liver make enzymes that help remove toxins from the body.
But the real love for eating this cruciferous vegetable is for its cancer fighting properties due to its ability to help detoxify the body.
½ head of cabbage chopped
1 large celery stalk chopped
2 green sweet peppers chopped
3 carrots chopped
1 leek chopped
1 large onion diced
One 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
3 cups of water
2 tbsp of oil (olive oil is nice if you have)
2 tsp of paprika paste
1 bouillon cube of your choice
Could be chicken or veggie
Salt and pepper to taste
Put the onions in a soup pot with the oil and sauté until transparent about 3-5 minutes.
Then add the peppers, celery, carrots and leek to the onions and sauté for about another 4-5 minutes mixing the vegetables gently until they are softer and translucent.
Now add the cabbage, water, broth and spices. Bring soup to a boil and reduce to low, simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and add more spices to taste if necessary.
This recipe makes about 6 servings.
Each serving is about 98 calories. Amazing low in calories.
Want to make this soup into a complete meal?
Just add some cooked chicken or turkey to the soup. Some people love adding meat to this soup to make the soup more filling for longer.
This is always handy around the holiday season when you have some left over turkey.
Food For Thought:
Add extra liver cleansing properties to your recipe by adding onions or garlic.
If you notice most recipes that contain cabbage also contain either onions or garlic and that's because their flavors not only enhance each other but so do their combined health benefits.
Yes onions and garlic are rich in sulfur, so what does that mean for us? Sulfur rich foods have many benefits:
They aid in the absorption of calcium and also help repair and rebuild bone, cartilage and connective tissue. They protect us against the effects of radiation and pollution.
Not only do they accomplish these tasks, but these liver loving foods help disinfect the blood, resist bacteria, and stimulate bile secretion.
They possess powerful antioxidants which help eliminate toxins.