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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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                                          Katleen Brown

                                          Katleen is a health and beauty advisor.

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                                          How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                          How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                          Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                                          Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

                                          I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                                          You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                          Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                                          When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                          I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                          Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                          Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                          Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                                          1. The Inner Critic

                                          This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                                          • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                                          • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                                          • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                                          • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                          The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                                          Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                          2. The Worrier

                                          This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                                          The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

                                          3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                                          This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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                                          This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                          The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                                          4. The Sleep Depriver

                                          This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                          The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                                          • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                          • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                          • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                                          • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                          How can you control these squatters?

                                          How to Master Your Mind

                                          You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                          Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                          There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                          • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                          • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                          This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                                          The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                                          Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                          For the Inner Critic

                                          When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                          You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                          For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

                                          You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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                                          “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                          If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                          • They rile up the Worrier.
                                          • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                          • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                          • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                          • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                                          Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                          Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                          For the Worrier

                                          Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                          Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                                          You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                          • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                          • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                          • Muscles tense

                                          Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                          If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                          Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                          “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                          Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                          If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                                          Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

                                          Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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                                          For example:

                                          If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                          “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                          Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                          “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                          Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                          For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                          Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                          The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                                          • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                                          • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                          • Muscles tension

                                          I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                          Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                          Breathe in through your nose:

                                          • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                          • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                          • Focus on your belly rising.

                                          Breathe out through your nose:

                                          • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                          • Focus on your belly falling.
                                          • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                          Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                                          Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

                                          One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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                                          Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                          For the Sleep Depriver

                                          (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                          I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                          Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                          1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                          2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                          When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                                          From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                          For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                          If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                          You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                          • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                                          • Shut down your thinking.
                                          • Calm your feelings.
                                          • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                                          You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                          Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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