I have known for a long time that eating soup prior to a regular meal is a calorie saver and I have since developed my own special diet soup that I think tastes good and I also think it helps me control the calories I eat at meals.
Here is what goes into the soup:
One head of chopped cabbage
Two diced white Idaho potatoes
Two chopped peeled carrots
One diced zucchini squash
One diced yellow squash
5 or 6 sweet onions chopped
A couple of sweet green bell peppers also chopped
One bunch of chopped celery
2 cups chicken broth Easily purchased at a grocery store.)
One envelope of dry onion soup mix
Two large cans of diced tomatoes
Six cups tomato juice
One tablespoon instant lemon juice
Four or five crushed garlic cloves or 1-1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
Pepper to taste — salt to taste if needed.
Put all the ingredients into a large pan on a stovetop, bring it to a boil, reduce the heat to simmer and simmer for about an hour keeping an eye on it all the time and stirring once in awhile.
You may add a little water as this cooks if it becomes too thick for your tastes.
I find that I can eat this stuff almost constantly and for some strange reason I never really tire of the taste of it …. as long as I remember to keep it hot when I eat it.
There are plenty of other recipes for diet soups all over the Internet and all you need to do to find them is to search for them. Use the keywords, “Diet Soups” or “Soup Diet.”
It might not do anything for you but it helps to keep me from stuffing myself constantly with things that are not all that good for me …. Junk food comes to mind.