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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