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Dear Hungry Girl,

 

I keep hearing about some zero-point veggie soup. I used to follow Weight Watchers and everyone would talk about this stuff, but I never got the recipe. Do you have it? I know it's still hot out but I'm craving soup...

 

-Seeking Soup

Dear Seeking,

 

I am familiar with this famous and healthy soup recipe, and I'm happy to share it with you. BTW, there are versions of this all over the web...

 







Point Garden Vegetable Soup


Ingredients:

2/3 cup sliced carrots

1/2 cup diced onions

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 cups fat-free broth (beef, chicken, or vegetable)

1 1/2 cups diced green cabbage

1/2 cup green beans

1 tbsp. tomato paste

1/2 tsp. dried basil

1/4 tsp. dried oregano

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup diced zucchini

 

Directions:

In a large saucepan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, saute carrots, onions and garlic over low heat for about 5 minutes. Add broth, cabbage, green beans, tomato paste, basil, oregano and salt, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer for around 15 minutes or until beans are tender. Lastly, stir in the zucchini and continue to heat soup for 3-4 minutes. Enjoy!!


Dear HG,

 

I usually eat oatmeal for breakfast - or sometimes cold cereal. The problem is, the portion size isn't really large enough and I am hungry shortly after I eat. I don't want to eat two packets of oatmeal because that would be too many calories for me. Have any tips, HG?

 

Cereal Issues

Dear Cereal Issues,

I sure do!! I'm with you. One serving of most breakfast cereal, or one measly packet of oatmeal, just isn't satisfying to me. At the same time, I do like hot and cold cereals and don't want to give up on them -- especially since it's so hard to find delicious, guilt-free breakfast options. Here's how I solve my oatmeal dilemma. I cook some canned pumpkin right in with the stuff. A half-cup serving of pumpkin only adds about 40 calories to your bowl, and you get extra fiber and flavor as well. Pumpkin in oatmeal ROCKS! As for cold cereal, my go to appetite-squasher is Fiber One bran cereal. This stuff packs 14 grams of fiber into each 60-calorie, half-cup serving. Toss half a cup of that crunchy stuff onto your cold cereal (or even onto your oatmeal) and you're good to go! Not only are both of these healthy little tricks delicious, but they add lots of fiber to your morning meal without adding lots of calories. And fiber makes you feel fuller. Woohoo!

 
CHEW ON THIS:

Remember, September is Better Breakfast Month. Our fiber-ific tips will help make your b-fast better -- and better FOR you!

 
 
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