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Warm It Up! 20 Soup Recipes That You Need To Try This Winter

Warm It Up! 20 Soup Recipes That You Need To Try This Winter

During the winter, we all look for something to warm us up after a long and exhausting day at work. The best way to accomplish that is by making soup. Also, who doesn’t like soups? They are delicious, healthy, easy to make, and you’ll love sitting on your sofa in front of the TV and watching your favourite show with a nice bowl of warm soup in your hands. Plus, you don’t even have to be an expert to make a good soup. This article brings you 20 lovely soup ideas that you can make this winter.

1. Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup

Chicken cordon bleu soup is perfect for all people who love creamy soups. Plus, it’s versatile — it thickens after it cools off so you can use it as a topping for some other meals you make. If you’re a meat lover, you won’t be disappointed — chicken, ham, and bacon are all here. Plus, this soup is very easy to make. Get the recipe here.

Chicken cordon bleu soup

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    2. Hot and sour cabbage soup

    If you want to lose weight and look your best over the upcoming holidays, then you will love this soup. Health and lifestyle websites emphasize the importance of losing weight in a healthy manner, and this soup fits perfectly into this notion. Spicy jalapeño peppers will speed up your metabolism and taste delicious at the same time. Get the recipe here.

    1. Hot and sour cabbage soup

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      3. Roasted Red Pepper Chicken And Apple Sausage Orzo Soup

      Feeling adventurous? Well, this unique soup is ideal for you. It’s a lovely blend of chicken broth, peppers, orzo pasta, chicken, and apple-smoked sausage. It not only tastes divine, but it’s healthy as well. Find out how to make this five-step soup right here.

      Roasted Red Pepper Chicken And Apple Sausage Orzo Soup

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        4. Beefy Nacho Soup

        You can make this soup in less than 20 minutes, which makes it perfect for those days when you feel too exhausted to spend much time cooking. This perfectly creamy and meaty soup will fill you up and you won’t even feel the need to cook anything else for dinner. Here’s the recipe.

        Beefy Nacho Soup

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          5. Hummus Soup

          Another slimming soup is coming your way. Tahini from this soup boosts your metabolism while chickpeas act as an appetite suppressant. Find out how to make this lovely soup right here.

          Hummus Soup

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            6. Roast Carrot And Fennel Soup

            This sweet and aromatic soup is everything you need for those cold winter days. It’s even suitable for all the vegetarians out there. Not a fan of fennel? Not a problem, the soup is super delicious even without it. Get the recipe here.

            Roast Carrot And Fennel Soup

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              7. Apple And Celery Soup

              Here’s the perfect soup for all of you who love to experiment with ingredients and food. Did you ever think of including apple in your soup? Well, now you can. Apple and celery make this soup earthy and delicious. In fact, this soup is perfect for dinner parties where you can show off your cooking skills to all your friends. And lifestyle news today is all about soups instead of those finger sandwiches we usually serve at these occasions. Find out how to make this super easy soup here.

              Apple And Celery Soup

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                8. Lentil Soup

                Crispy bacon, vegetables, and canned beans are just a few reasons why you simply have to make this simple and yummy soup. A variety of colors in your bowl will definitely brighten up the cold winter day. You can find the recipe here.

                Lentil Soup

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                  9. Vegetable Soup

                  Here’s another colorful soup you can make. If you make too much vegetable soup, there’s no need to worry. It’s great for leftovers and, unlike some other soups, it tastes equally delicious even when reheated. Cheese, vegetable or chicken broth, and a bunch of vegetables are ingredients that make this soup so special. Get the recipe for this four-step soup right here.

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                  Vegetable Soup

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                    10. Chicken Apple Soup

                    You know what they say: an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Including apples in soups is a great idea, especially on cold winter days when you want to stay warm and still supply your body with an abundance of vitamins. This chicken and apple soup is done in about 30 minutes and has that creamy texture we all love. The recipe is here.

                    Chicken Apple Soup

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                      11. Creamy Mushroom Soup

                      If you love creamy mushroom soup from the bag you buy in the store, then you will love this homemade version even better. This super easy earthy and creamy soup is done in just 45 minutes. Get the recipe here.

                      Creamy Mushroom Soup

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                        12. Tomato Basil Soup

                        Tomato basil soup has a thick texture and tastes just as amazing the next day as well. Some ingredients found in this yummy dish include pine nuts, parmesan, and celery. Get the recipe right here.

                        Tomato Basil Soup

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                          13. Lasagna Soup

                          Do you feel like eating lasagna, but you’re too tired to spend that much time in the kitchen? Well, how about lasagna soup then? This creamy soup can be prepared in about 30 minutes, and it tastes like proper lasagna too. Fennel, sausage, and mozzarella cheese are just some ingredients that make this soup divine. Get the recipe here.

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                          Lasagna Soup

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                            14. Italian Meatball Soup

                            Real meat lovers simply adore meatballs. Instead of making spaghetti-to-go with meatballs, you can opt for making delicious Italian soup. It’s not creamy, instead it is based on tomato and beef broth. The soup offers a perfect balance of meat, pasta, and lovely seasonings. You can find recipe here.

                            Italian Meatball Soup

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                              15. Squash And Chickpea Soup

                              If you want to bring the spirit of North Africa into your home, then you should make this soup. It’s spicy, delicious, easy to make, and dairy free — which means even lactose intolerant people can enjoy this soup. Get the recipe here.

                              Squash And Chickpea Soup

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                                16. Winter Weight-Loss Detox Soup

                                Did you know that you can detoxify your body and accelerate weight loss just by eating soup? And by that, we mean this lovely green soup. This easy-to-make soup is made of entirely vegetable ingredients and is suitable for vegetarians. Lose weight faster, get rid of toxins, and warm up with a bowl of green. Get the recipe here.

                                Winter Weight Loss Detox Soup

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                                  17. Greek Shrimp And Dill Soup

                                  Seafood lovers, we didn’t forget about you. This Greek shrimp and dill soup brings mesmerizing Mediterranean spirit into your home to cheer you up on cold winter days. The soup is ready in 40 minutes and requires only 3 easy steps. Get the recipe here.

                                  Greek Shrimp And Dill Soup

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                                    18. Irish Beef, Cabbage, And Potato Soup

                                    This hearty Irish soup tastes divine throughout the year, but is particularly good on cold winter nights. To make this soup, you need ingredients that you already have in your kitchen, including beef, tomatoes, and onion. Get the recipe here.

                                    Irish Beef, Cabbage, And Potato Soup

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                                      19. Chicken And Barley Soup

                                      Barley is rich in fiber that improves digestion and helps you lose weight. Furthermore, this ingredient is known for its cholesterol-lowering properties and managing diabetes. This healthy soup is easy to make, tastes delicious, and is perfect for keeping you warm and improving your overall health at the same time. Get the recipe here.

                                      Chicken And Barley Soup

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                                        20. Pea And Lettuce Soup With Ham And Cheese Tartines

                                        Here’s another soup that you can make pretty fast after returning from a long day at work. It only takes 20 minutes to make this green miracle, and ham and cheese tartines are a great bonus. Get the recipe for this wonderful soup right here.

                                        Pea And Lettuce Soup With Ham And Cheese Tartines

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                                          Conclusion

                                          Soup is perfect for cold winter nights. Soups from this article are easy to make, help you lose weight, and taste delicious at the same time. Plus, they contain ingredients that you can buy just about anywhere (and many that you probably already have in your kitchen!).

                                          References:

                                          https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/weight-loss/tips-for-healthy-winter-meal-planning.html

                                          http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-soup-recipes-weight-loss?slide=2

                                          http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/category/occasion/gorgeous-winter-soups/#8w6Ah80WS5zmHbHz.97

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                                          Why Am I Exhausted? The Real Causes and How to Fix It Forever

                                          Why Am I Exhausted? The Real Causes and How to Fix It Forever

                                          Do you say “I’m exhausted” all the time? Do you constantly feel exhausted for no reason?

                                          Fatigue shows up in many ways including pure exhaustion, the inability to concentrate, anger, frustration and behavioral issues, memory problems, decreased work performance, and slower reaction times. Chronic fatigue has also been linked to medical problems including obesity, hypertension, depression, diabetes, as well as increased automobile accidents.

                                          We attempt to combat fatigue with coffee, sugar, energy drinks, vitamins and a variety of other products that claim to increase our energy and stamina. But what if your exhaustion is trying to tell you something?

                                          If you’re getting enough sleep and you’re still feeling exhausted, it’s time to stop, take a step back and look at what else is contributing to your exhaustion.

                                          As a life-coach and consultant with a diverse background, I like to look at things from a holistic view – from multiple levels – including your body, mind and spirit.

                                          So before you reach for that next cup of coffee, the 3pm sugary snack or the toxic energy drink, let’s look at some other reasons why you might be tired all the time, and more importantly, what you can do about it.

                                          Here are 11 potential reasons why you’re exhausted even when get enough rest, and what you can do about it.

                                          1. You are out of alignment mentally, emotionally or spiritually.

                                          Essentially, you’re off track with who you are and what works for you. Maybe you’re unhappy, unfulfilled, stressed out or just plain bored with some areas of your life. You might be in a relationship that isn’t working, a job you can’t stand or a situation that drains your energy.

                                          Think about a time in your life when you were in the flow, in the zone, and totally engaged and excited about what you were doing. How much sleep did you need then? Even after only a few hours, my guess is you probably found yourself jumping out of bed in the morning without an alarm clock, excited about embarking on the day.

                                          On the flipside, think about a time in your life when you were in a relationship or job that zapped your energy. No matter how much sleep you got, you probably found it difficult to get out of bed in the morning and were tempted to hit that snooze button just a few more times.

                                          We all have things that make us feel great and energized and things that completely zap our energy. Maybe you’re someone who likes to move quickly but you’re drowning in detail; maybe you’re someone who thrives when you are on top of things and you’re feeling like everything is completely out of control. Or maybe you thrive on spontaneity and variety and you’re bored with your life.

                                          When I asked my 11-year-old daughter why she thought people are tired even when we get enough rest, here’s what she said.

                                          “Maybe people are bored and so they’re tired.”

                                          Ever wonder why you can’t drag your kid out of bed for school on the weekdays but they pop out of bed on the weekend? Perhaps this is the culprit.

                                          I had a client share this sentiment recently as she described a period of time in her life: “My boss sucked, the work was boring and it made me tired all the time.”

                                          Exactly.

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                                          When you’re doing things that align with who you are, in environments that align with what you need, you will feel more energized and alive. On the contrary, when you’re in environments that go against your grain, you will feel drained and de-energized.

                                          What can you do?

                                          Take a step back and identify what’s not working. Figure out what you want and work towards it. Do things that give you energy.

                                          What makes you feel healthy and alive, energized and excited? What gets you in the flow and makes you feel most like you? Aim to get more of that in your life.

                                          Find more ways to be in alignment with who you are with these tips:

                                          How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up

                                          2. You are out of alignment physically.

                                          When we are structurally out of alignment, it can cause all sorts of issues. When things aren’t moving properly, it makes it hard for your body to do its job. Not to mention, pain is exhausting and zaps energy. And we are pretty hard on our bodies, aren’t we? We drag them around and tell them what to do. They need to be taken care of too.

                                          Here’s what Chiropractor, Dr. Ruth Ziemba, who specializes in NSA (Network Spinal Analysis) has to say:

                                          All of life is energy. We are energy. Any disturbance or blockages to the energy flow creates imbalances… Physical, mental and emotional stressors can cause subluxations (misalignment of the vertebrae) which interfere with signals getting clearly through your body. This can result in many health problems, including fatigue and insomnia.

                                          Recently, I was feeling tired all the time – and felt like I was doing “everything else” right. So, I went to see my chiropractor and a cranial sacral therapist. Two days later, I felt much more energized and clear in my head.

                                          I love the analogy I was once given by a chiropractor: “It doesn’t matter how well you can play an instrument if the instrument is out of tune.”

                                          Such is true with our bodies.

                                          What can you do?

                                          Get some body work. This might include getting a massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, reiki, cranial sacral therapy – anything that works for you.

                                          Don’t know where to start? Ask a friend or colleague for a recommendation. Even better if you have a friend in the field who can refer you to another practitioner. And make sure to schedule regular body work, not just when you need it.

                                          3. You are not eating right (or enough).

                                          What – and how much – you eat has a significant effect on your energy levels.

                                          While there are many different diet protocols, there is one thing all the experts can agree on: sugar and processed foods make you feel sluggish and exhausted. They make your blood sugar go haywire, causing you to feel a brief period of energy followed by a crash.

                                          Paradoxically, those are the very things we reach for when we need a hit of energy.

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                                          What can you do?

                                          I’ve found two things to be consistently true:

                                          One, you need to eat real, clean food. The food you’re putting into your body is either real or it’s not. Avoid processed foods and especially refined sugars. You’re going to feel so much better for it.

                                          Two, find what works for YOU. Gluten-free, Paleo, Mediterranean, high-fat, plant-based, you name it. Experts and well-meaning friends and family may tell you what’s best, but no one knows your body as well as you do. Pay attention, do you feel energized or fatigued after you eat certain foods? What works – and what doesn’t for YOU? Our bodies have intrinsic wisdom if we are willing to listen – and hear them.

                                          4. You are not really sleeping.

                                          We’ve established that you’re (hopefully) getting enough sleep. But are you getting enough high-quality sleep?

                                          Some of the top causes of poor sleep quality include: being on electronics right before bed, interruptions, an uncomfortable mattress or the wrong pillow, grinding your teeth, an inconsistent sleep routine or the fact that you’re not getting through all of the sleep cycles.

                                          What can you do?

                                          Start with the basics:

                                          Get off your electronics at least an hour before bed, make sure you have a comfortable pillow and mattress, set a consistent sleep routine, reduce outside noise and sleep in a well-darkened room or wear an eye mask.

                                          If you have difficulty falling asleep or have poor sleep quality, this guide will help you get a good night’s sleep back:

                                          Poor Sleep Quality Comes from All the Things You Do Since Morning

                                          5. You are stressed or worrying too much.

                                          When you’re stressed, you produce more cortisol (the stress hormone), which can significantly affect your sleep.[1] This is why one of the common side effects of stress is sleep problems.

                                          On top of stress hormones, excessive worry can drain your energy. When you worry, you’re using energy. It’s like when you have an app on your phone that takes up a lot of battery and you have it constantly running the background, your battery will drain more quickly. Such is true with worry and stress.

                                          I think of this very simply. We all start the day with 100 units of energy to use throughout the day. If you’re using half of your energy units worrying, you’re inevitably going to be tired.

                                          What can you do?

                                          Find things that reduce your stress levels. I’ve seen clients have great success with yoga, meditation and exercise. Worrying too much? Get a clear plan in place to take action on what’s worrying you.

                                            6. You are not breathing deeply enough.

                                            Deep breathing increases circulation by bringing oxygen to your muscles and brain. This increased oxygen content in the bloodstream leads to greater energy and healthier muscles, organs and tissues.

                                            To highlight the benefits of deep breathing, I reached out to longtime Yoga Instructor & Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, Vivica Schwartz. Here’s what she shared:[2]

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                                            “Most people breathe in to the chest only (shallow breathing) and don’t allow the breath to reach deeper into the abdominal region, due to stress and anxiety. Shifting the breath down, so that it expands the belly (and all the muscles that comprise the diaphragm) is one of the best ways to shift our awareness, quiet the mind, release tension and increase our energy levels”.

                                            What happened when you started to read this one? Did you start breathing more deeply? Great, you’re already on your way.

                                            What can you do?

                                            Make a conscious effort to breathe deeply, more often. Try this from Vivica:

                                            1. Place one hand on your chest and the other on your lower belly.
                                            2. Breath smoothly in and out through the nose, noticing how your breath expands three-dimensionally in the ribcage.
                                            3. Now begin to shift the inhalation into the lower abdomen first, so that the lower hand rises first, then fill the chest area.
                                            4. Reverse the process on the exhalation, emptying the chest area first, then the lower belly.
                                            5. Continue like this for a few rounds, visualizing the diaphragm contracting and pushing down and expanding the belly area.

                                            7. You are hanging out with the wrong crowd.

                                            Have you ever known someone who “sucks the life out of you”? After spending time together, you feel tired, drained and exhausted? “Energy vampires” do just that, they suck your energy. It doesn’t matter how much sleep you’re getting; if you’re spending time with people who drain your energy, you’re going to feel tired.

                                            What can you do?

                                            Grab some garlic and your stake and ditch the energy vampires. Make a conscious effort to hang out with people who feed your soul and make you feel energized and alive.

                                            If you need a little help to spot these people out, here it is: 15 Signs Of Negative People

                                            8. You are not moving.

                                            There’s been a lot of research conducted over many years that shows physical activity and exercise improves energy and decreases fatigue.

                                            In a widely acknowledged 2006 study published in Psychological Bulletin, researchers analyzed 70 studies on exercise and fatigue which involved more than 6,800 people. Over 90% of the studies showed the same thing: Sedentary people who completed a regular exercise program reported improved fatigue compared to those that did not exercise.

                                            What can you do?

                                            Get moving! Find ways to increase your exercise and movement. General guidelines are 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous activity (or a combination of the two). This can be as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking 20 minutes a day or participating in a sport you enjoy.

                                            Here’re some tips for you: How to Instantly Fall in Love With Moving and Start Shaking off the Extra Pounds

                                            9. You are dehydrated.

                                            The human body is composed of 50-65% water. Some parts of our bodies, like our brain, heart and lungs are more than 70% water. This means even mild dehydration can cause your energy levels to fall.

                                            Fatigue is a telltale sign you are dehydrated. In fact, in a survey of 300 doctors in the UK, 1 in 5 patients who saw their doctor for symptoms such as fatigue and tiredness simply weren’t drinking enough water.

                                            What can you do?

                                            First and foremost, drink enough water. A simple rule of thumb is eight 8-ounce glasses per day. And before you reach for your coffee in the morning, reach for a glass of water first.

                                            However, Doctor and hydration expert Dr. Zach Bush noted,

                                            “Proper hydration is not simply infusing your body with water. More specifically, it’s about getting the water inside your cells. To do that, you need to improve the electrical charges across your cellular membranes. Strategies that improve the electrical charge across your membranes include: reducing EMF (electromagnetic field) exposure, increasing electrolytes, and boosting your fiber intake.”

                                            So, try this intensive hydration protocol: Drink 4 ounces of water every 30 minutes from 7am-7pm for 3 days. During this intense hydration, add electrolytes to every other 4-ounce dose. Then give your body a break from food and water between 7pm and 7am.

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                                            Learn more about intracellular hydration with Dr. Bush here .

                                            10. You are too busy.

                                            You know the saying, “If you want something done, ask a busy person.” I say, leave the busy person alone. They clearly have enough on their plate.

                                            I work with many clients, especially moms, who wonder why they are so tired all the time. When I ask them to tell me about “a day in their life”, I get something like this: 6am wake-up , exercise, get the kids off to school, work, drive to after-school activities, get dinner on the table, do hosework, coordinate schedules, bath and bed time (for the kids of course), and then back to work after the kids go to bed. And they wonder why they are tired?

                                            I get it. I’ve been there and I have to be careful of this myself. As a working mom of three young girls, who also wants to be social and active in my community, I know all too well the life of being busy. I’ve had to reign it in, create strategies and make very conscious decisions.

                                            What can you do?

                                            Look at your life as an outside observer or “fly on the wall”. What do you notice? Maybe you need to learn to say no? Perhaps you need to take a step back and identify what’s most important? Or set better boundaries?

                                            Perhaps you need to delegate more, outsource or just get some stuff off YOUR plate! Take just ONE thing and start from there.

                                            If you want extra advice on this, check out this guide:

                                            The Ultimate Guide to Prioritizing Your Work And Life

                                            11. There is something else going on.

                                            If you’ve tried everything above, you are getting enough sleep and you are still tired, you may want to see your doctor or healthcare professional to uncover any underlying issues.

                                            Amongst other things, what leads to exhaustion could be medication side effects and other health concerns including thyroid and adrenal dysfunction, anemia and sleep apnea.

                                            What can you do?

                                            Talk to your doctor. Seriously. Make an appointment.

                                            If you’re sleeping enough and doing all the “right” things above and you still feel tired, it’s important to identify what could be the cause.

                                            The bottom line

                                            If you’re sleeping enough and still find yourself tired and exhausted all the time, it’s time to step back and see which of these reasons resonate with you.

                                            In order to get a different result, you have to DO something differently. In order to be more energized and less exhausted, you’re going to need to make some changes.

                                            What changes will you make? Are you going to eat better, exercise more, stay hydrated, take something off your plate, reassess the job you hate or relationship that’s draining you?

                                            Take a few minutes right now and think of 1-3 things you’re going to try. Write them down in your journal, on your phone or send an email to yourself.

                                            Change takes action and it’s time for change. You’ve got this. Take action now and your energy levels will be glad you did!

                                              Reference

                                              [1]Dr. Doni: How Cortisol Affects Your Sleep
                                              [2]Vivica Schwartz,Yoga Instructor & Ayurveda Wellness Counselor

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