Soups and Salads to Help You Lose Weight Recipes

Start your meal with a healthy soup or salad to stay slim. Filling up on fiber- and water-rich foods first can stop you from overeating later. Research shows that eating a first-course salad can reduce overall calorie intake at a meal by up to 12 percent. Enjoy these healthy soup or salad recipes.

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Very Green Lentil Soup

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Lentils seem to go well with just about anything, and here they play well with a collection of greens and some cumin and coriander to add a gentle spicy note to this soup recipe. The result is a hearty winter soup with layers of flavor. Both French green lentils (available in natural-foods stores and specialty markets) and more commonly available brown lentils are delicious in this soup. The French green lentils hold their shape better when cooked, while brown lentils will start to break down a bit. Recipe by Anna Thomas for EatingWell.

Rustic Parsley & Orzo Soup with Walnuts

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This soup recipe is based on a traditional pasta dish that consists of lots of parsley, garlic, chopped walnuts, hot chile and olive oil, all fried up and tossed with pasta. We amped up the greens, made the pasta a nutritious supporting player and turned the recipe into a soup. It's best served immediately, because the orzo will absorb liquid as the soup is held. Thin any leftover soup with more vegetable broth, if desired. Recipe by Anna Thomas for EatingWell.