Summer: sweat, sun, soup

Summer is fast approaching and the heat will be increasing. Soon you will be overheating and trying to figure out a way to cool down. And although lemonade is refreshing it is not for everyone. I got two words for you – cold soup.

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Summer’s Coolest Meal  via Charles Pierce

“A steaming bowl of soup can be a big turn-off when the temperature starts to climb, but chilled soups are a different story altogether. Cool, refreshing, colourful, and loaded with seasonal fruits and veggies, they’re a perfect way to beat the heat.”

Charles Pierce provides a fantastic cold soup recipe that will be sure to cool you down. I know one thing for sure this soup makes me extremely excited for Summer!

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Cantaloupe Soup with Mint-

Ingredients:

  • 1 large cantaloupe (about 3 lb.)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint, plus small sprigs for garnish, optional

Preparation:

1. Halve melon, scoop out seeds and remove rind. Cut flesh into large chunks. (You should have about 6 cups.)

2. Working in batches if necessary, combine cantaloupe, honey and orange juice in a blender. Pulse or blend until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl, cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours.

3. Just before serving, briskly whisk soup and stir in mint. Serve very cold, garnished with sprigs of mint, if desired.

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-This is one thing you won’t have to worry about when you create cold soups this Summer because your soup is meant to be cold. 🙂

 

 

Who wouldn’t want to eat cold soup on a hot Summer day? I mean just look at @food24 chilled beetroot & herb soup with goat cheese! Look really refreshing.

Feeling a little more sweet than savoury? Chilled soup can come in both forms. Look at @doodleplix lovely tweet of chilled strawberry lime soup, how one not want to eat that?

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-Now the market for chilled soup isn’t as huge as canned or hot soup but since 2011 it is growing fast. This is one bandwagon I am willing to jump on.

So jump on that bandwagon! Here are some blogs with fantastic Cold Soup Recipes:

 

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Dieting as Easy as Soup

Summer is fast approaching and along with that is societies conception that you need a rocking body to show off. One problem you only have a couple months, finals are fast approaching, and you may have been plagued with past 6 months of unhealthy university eating. Fear not there is a diet – a soup diet – that isn’t hard to follow like other diets and tastes great.

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-Although this is hilarious and relatable, it doesn’t have to be true! Soup is the answer to loosing weight and it is delicious.

There has been a recent diet fad – The Cabbage Soup Diet. Dr. Axe Food is Medicine gives great information on what the Cabbage Soup Diet is and whether it is for weight loss or toxin removal.

So here’s the diet via Dr. Josh Axe

What Is the Cabbage Soup Diet?

The low-fat, high-fiber diet consists of a fat-free cabbage soup that is eaten one to three times a day. On each day, there are other assigned foods that are allowed.

Day 1:

Eat only cabbage soup and fruit all day, except bananas, which are put on the chopping block on this diet.

Day 2:

Eat only the soup and vegetables all day, especially root vegetables. Avoid corn, beans and fruit. As an indulgence, you can end the day with a baked potato and butter.

Day 3:

Eat cabbage soup, fruits and green vegetables all day. Do not eat any starchy veggies, like potatoes.

Day 4:

Eat cabbage soup, bananas and skim milk. This day is supposed to decrease the desire for sweets.

Day 5:

Eat cabbage soup (at least twice) with grass-fed beef (or baked chicken without the skin) and nutritious tomatoes. Drink six to eight glasses of water.

Day 6:

Eat cabbage soup (at least once) with beef and vegetables.

Day 7:

Eat cabbage soup (at least once) with brown rice — not white rice — unsweetened fruit juices and vegetables.

How does the Cabbage Soup Diet Work?

On the cabbage soup diet, you likely eat 1,000 calories a day. This is half of the recommend 2,000 calories a day, so you are going to lose weight. Because the diet consists of low-fat and high-fiber foods, you are going to lose plenty of water weight.

This diet also works as a liver cleanse because it rids the body of toxins that are built-up in the liver.

Find out more via The Cabbage Soup Diet

“HOW I LOSE 10 POUNDS IN 7 DAYS WITH THIS CABBAGE SOUP DIET AKA MILITARY DIET!”

Monique from Divas Can Cook provides this lovely video on how to make the cabbage soup. You can even check out her 7-day journey via her blog post.

Here are some personal accounts of the effects of the diet.

Cabbage is the secret to this wonderful soup! Look at this infographic explaining the benefits of the soup.

Soup is a great way to eat healthy, lose or maintain weight, and not to mention it is easy to make. You will be prepared for this summer especially if you follow this cabbage soup diet.