Broccoli is considered a weight loss superfood because of the many vitamins and minerals it contains. These are beta-carotene, vitamin C, folate and potassium. It also has been shown to contain some cancer-prevention properties. Just 80g of broccoli counts as one of your five-a-day, and contains only 19 calories. One of the most enjoyable, and easy, ways to get more broccoli in your diet is with a low calorie cream of broccoli soup.
Broccoli Soup Ingredients
The best broccoli soup for weight loss contains 1 onion, 1 glove of garlic, 2lb of broccoli, 4 cups of fat-free chicken, or vegetable, broth, 1 cup of fat-free evaporated milk and ¼ tbsp of hot pepper sauce.
Broccoli Soup Method
First, you will need to prepare your ingredients. Chop up your onion, mince your garlic cloves, remove the tough ends of your broccoli and chop them up. Then you can start making your broccoli soup.
Place your onion in a small pan with just enough water to cover the top (¼ of a cup) of it and let it simmer until the onion is soft. This should take about 10 minutes. Then you can transfer the onion to a different pan and add in the broccoli and broth. Bring this mixture to the boil then reduce the temperature and allow it to simmer until the broccoli is soft – this should take about 8 minutes. You should allow the air to get to the broccoli (so don’t put the lid on it) or else it will turn gray!
You now have your cream of broccoli soup mixture ready for blending – either transfer the contents of the pan into your blender, or use your handheld blender in the pan. Whilst you’re blending add in the evaporated milk and hot pepper sauce, and any salt and pepper to taste. Wait for it to cool slightly as it will be piping hot. If you want to eat bread with your cream of broccoli soup, the healthiest type to eat is 100% whole-wheat bread with a low fat margarine or even olive oil. Bon appetit!
This low calorie broccoli soup won’t even taste like a diet food – it is rich and creamy and will actually taste ‘bad for you’ but it is very healthy!