This low-calorie, fiber-rich, fat-burning cabbage soup may support your weight management goals. I often recommend my clients to have this soup at dinner through some of my Wellness Coaching programs.
Cabbage is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds, and some studies suggest that it may help the body in fighting certain types of cancer (including breast, lung, and colon).
A low-calorie, fiber-rich soup that will be great for dinner!
1/2 head of a medium size green cabbage, thinly sliced;
4 celery stalks, thinly sliced;
1 diced yellow onion;
1/2 cup of chopped parsley;
3 diced (or sliced) carrots;
1 tbsp of olive oil or ghee;
3 tomatoes, peeled and without the seeds (optional)
6-8 cups of water or vegetable broth;
Salt and pepper to taste
Spices and herbs as desired
Fat-burning Cabbage Soup Preparation:
Start by thoroughly cleaning and dicing the vegetables.Then, cut the celery and carrot into thin slices. Coarsely chop the cabbage and chop the onion.
Clean and cut all vegetables
In a large pan, sauté the onions, celery, and spices in the olive oil or ghee
Add the cabbage and the remaining vegetables, then add the water (or vegetable broth)
Add other seasonings if desired (cayenne pepper, thyme, rosemary, oregano, etc.)
Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat. Let it simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.
Before serving, adjust the seasoning and add water if needed.
Optional additions and variations:
I often add some seeds of cumin, coriander, and fennel roughly ground in a mortar to enhance taste and benefit from the healing properties of these spices. You can also vary the taste of your soup by adding ginger or turmeric.
If making this soup part of your daily dinner routine for a week or two, you could add thyme, oregano, rosemary, bay leaves, a pinch of cayenne pepper, etc., for varied taste and enhanced healing benefits.
If aiming to boost your immune system through the colder months, adding some slices of astragalus root or reishi mushroom to your broth may be helpful.
About the author: Carol Jamault is a Certified Health and Life Coach (CHC), Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Yoga Instructor (RYT-200) with extensive training in Ayurveda and Herbalism. She focuses on supporting her clients with stress management tools and self-care routines through an integrative approach to wellness. She guides those in a quest for personal growth and better health, by providing curated information and teaching a therapeutic lifestyle that naturally allows to restore balance, improving wellness and fostering longevity. Carol has been studying alternative healing, ethnobotany, circadian medicine, Ayurveda and herbalism since 2001. She is the founder of Hridayam Bodywork & Apothecary and partners with corporations and wellness studios to provide therapeutic bodywork, private coaching, workshops, and lectures.