The cooler days make we crave something warm and tasty.

Eating with the seasons including the temperature of your meals matters for optimal digestion.
During winter months our bodies requires more fuel, and warming cooked food. Time to reduce the raw food consumption. On winter, our body craves for rich food which provides warmth along with nourishment.
We need warming foods to satisfy this craving.

During the cooler months, soup is the ultimate comfort food.

And it can both assist or hinder weight loss and weight maintenance it all depends on how you combine the ingredients.
It’s better to avoid rich soups that are laden with cream, avoid consuming soups that are either powdered or ready-made, you cannot even imagine how much can be "hidden" there; from flour to give consistency to artificial flavors, saturated fat, excess of carbohydrates.

🥕🍆Add nutrient-dense, low-calorie ingredients to get some of your essential vitamins and minerals from the soup. In the preparation of the soups always look for a good distribution of protein, vegetables and opting for good sources of carbohydrates such as legumes, grains and root vegetables (sweet potato, yam, taro), avoiding an excess of bread, potatoes, and noodles.

For cooking try to use ghee butter, coconut oil, coconut cream, bone broth, natural yogurt, fresh herbs and spices avoiding sour cream, ready-made mixed spices, croutons, milk and fatty cheeses. 🥦🍠As a source of protein use quinoa, lentils, chickpeas, buckwheat, beans, mushrooms, tofu, meat, and chicken. Have a large proportion of low-carbohydrate vegetables,  such as cauliflower, zucchini, asparagus, broccoli, fennel, pumpkin, kale, spinach, cabbage, and choke.

Top Tip: To promote satiety, try adding extra fibre to your soup using seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower, chia, hemp, linseed and sesame seeds. 🌶️And for those who aim is weight loss, adding extra spices like ginger, pepper, turmeric, celery and fresh herbs will help stimulate the body's natural detoxification process and thermogenesis.

Marlena Gabriel