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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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                                          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                          Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                          Video Summary

                                          Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                          There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                          This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                          Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                          In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                          One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                          There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                          By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                          When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                          Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                          In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                          What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                          What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                            1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                            Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                            • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                            • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                            • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                            • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                            2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                              Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                              Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                              3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                  Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                  A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                  A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                  On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                  5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                    Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                    6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                      Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                      7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                        Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                        How to hold a plank position

                                                        1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                        2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                        3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                        4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                        5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                        6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                        7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                        Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                        Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                          How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                          1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                          2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                          3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                          Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                          Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                          You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                          • Prolapse
                                                          • After prolapse surgery
                                                          • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                          • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                          • Previous childbirth
                                                          • Overweight

                                                          Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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