The Little Things That Make a Big Difference’ is an article series outlining weight loss and diet interventions that may seem insignificant, but can make a huge difference to the success of your diet plan.

Eat your soups and stews

If you’re a modern Westerner then you probably have the misconception that soups and stews are the foods of the more ‘humble’ folk. You want to eat big steaks, chicken breasts and bacon all the time. You prefer your food to come from a grill than a pot.

But here’s the thing…

Soups and stews are actually far more nutritious than many other more typically Western meals, because they are densely packed with nutrients. You see, in a soup or stew you’ll be using many, many more veggies than you would typically eat in any one meal, and that means more vitamins, more fibre, and more good health.

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Plus you’re getting some proteins, and maybe even some energy from a potato, sweet potato or butternut. So you’re getting a complete meal in one bowl. And that’s really, really good for weight loss, because you’re going to be full, satisfied, and have a complete nutrient profile after your meals!

The added benefit is that you can make enough food for multiple meals in one pot, so your time opens up for other things, like more exercise. What a win!

Eat your soups and stews – winter is coming, after all.

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