Souping is the New Juicing

SWAP COLD-PRESSED juices for warm, comforting soups, and youll still get the slimming benefits. Doing a soup cleanse sipping nutritious broths, and even using special stock at home is the latest way to give your body a boost. But why switch? Unlike juice cleanses, which contain a lot of natural sugar from fruit, soup cleanses contain little sugar, so you avoid blood-sugar spikes that can cause some people to feel moody, explains Carolyn Brown, M.S., R.D., of Foodtrainers in NYC. Companies like Real Food Works, a Philadelphia-based service, offer oneday soup cleanses across the country designed to help you jump-start a lifestyle of healthy eating ($68; realfoodworks .com).

They believe the savory bowls are a friendlier way to fast. Vegetable souping allows you to have a calorielight day full of healthy ingredients while still getting fiber to keep you full, explains The point is, youll be less likely to get hangry or slip up and binge. This trend doesnt just speak to the vegetarians out there, though. Newly opened Brodo, a broth shop in NYC, offers cups of its signature sipping meat broths with addins like ginger juice and shiitake mushroom tea.

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The broths come from long-cooked bones and are similar to stock. Bones contain tons of nutrients, like calcium, phosphate, and amino acids not commonly found in meat we eat, says Brown. Collagen found in bones helps the skin, digestive tract, immune system, heart, and muscles. Sip on it as a snack, or use it in soups in place of stock. Organic food retailer Pacific Foods is even offering cartons of bone broth in grocery stores. A serving of its Chicken and Lemongrass Bone Broth packs 9g of protein in one serving.

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