As much as I love meal replacement shakes (my favorites here) and protein bars (my favorites here), I always have days when I can’t face another sweet-tasting meal. Don’t get me wrong – I love sweet-tasting food, but it can get cloying when you have it day after day. I know there are savory meal replacement shakes around but, honestly, the idea of a cold, savory meal replacement shake doesn’t float my boat. The very thought turns my stomach!
On the days when I can’t face a meal replacement shake, I often make a bowl of hearty, healthy, low-calorie soup instead.
Soup is very easy to make, is filling, tasty, and is the perfect alternative to a meal replacement shake. On a cold day, it makes you feel warm inside and, if you put it in a thermos or reheat it, soup is every bit as portable as a meal replacement shake. You can buy soup readymade, some of which are designed specifically for weight loss, but you’ll probably find it just easy to make your own.
Like a good meal replacement shake, a good soup should include several essential ingredients to make it will help you lose weight. Those ingredients are:
- A good source of protein
- A good source of healthy carbs – but not too much
- A good source of healthy fat
- A good source of fiber
It also helps if the soup tastes good! One of my favorite fast soups is bacon, pea, and quinoa soup. It’s high in protein and fiber, tastes great, and is ready in about 20 minutes.
- 1 cup of frozen peas
- 1-2 rashers of bacon, finely chopped
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 3 tablespoons of dry quinoa
- 1 vegetable stock cube – low sodium
- 2 cups of water
- 1-2 teaspoons of cornstarch (optional)
Put the olive oil in a medium-sized saucepan and heat it up. Add the onions and the bacon and cook for 2-3 minutes. Next, add the water, quinoa, peas, and stock cube. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 10-15 minutes. Remove from the heat and then use an immersion blender and whizz it up until smooth. If you want a thicker soup, add some of the cornstarch. Serve immediately with the accompaniment of your choice – I like gluten-free crackers – or on its own.
So, to answer your question, soup can definitely be used as an alternative for meal replacement shakes. It’s great on colder days, or anytime you feel like a change from sweet-tasting shakes. Buy ready-made soups or make your own – either way, soup could help you lose weight just as well as meal replacement shakes.