The ingredients are the same either way. I love my soup maker, it is so handy I use it all the time!
How to make this tomato and basil soup in a soup maker
Remember to leave a few basil leaves aside to decorate the top of the soup when serving.
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The best tomatoes for tomato and basil soup
Alternatively, you could use vine-ripened plum tomatoes for even more flavour though this tends to push the price up.
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Make Slimming World tomato soup on a budget
I always use the cheapest cans of beans and carrots for this so don’t worry about buying the supermarket value brands you really won’t taste any difference.
Often fresh herbs are reduced at the end of the day in supermarkets. If you spot a pack of basil for a couple of pence this is a great recipe to make with it.
Alternatively pop it in the freezer for next time you make this recipe. It works great with frozen basil too as all blends down the same!
Why you need vegetables to lose weight
If you follow the Slimming World diet you will instantly know what I am talking about when I say speed vegetables. On other plans, it could be considered a free extra or just classed as non-starchy vegetables.
Whatever it is referred to as you need to eat veggies to lose weight on the whole because they are healthy and filling for very few calories! You can try swapping things like potatoes for butternut squash and add fried onions or mushrooms to other meals.
Remember to keep a check on the vitamins and minerals you consume and ensure you are eating a healthy amount of everything including calcium, vitamin c, iron, vitamin d, vitamin b12 and fibre as well as eating plenty of vegetables and fruit!
How many vegetables should I eat?
Most healthy diets and weight loss plans encourage you to eat lots of fruit and vegetables. Slimming World for example advises you to ensure that ⅓ of every meal is made up of speed foods. Other than possibly for breakfast this is likely to be vegetables! Even if you do not follow Slimming World this is still great advice for healthy living. Other plans suggest different methods of deciding on the food on your plate but all diets I have seen include a large number of vegetables.
The best vegetables are those that have a low-calorie density. Slimming World call these speed foods, other diets say non-starchy vegetables or other similar phrases. Basically, we are talking about the healthier vegetables – potatoes don’t count but butternut squash is much healthier for example!
This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and obviously, 100g of anything would fill you up significantly. On the other hand, 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!
What nutrients are in vegetables?
Whether you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers, Noom, or any other diet, adding vegetables to your meal not only adds vitamin C and all the other nutrients that vegetables contain but will also help you lead a more balanced healthy lifestyle and potentially lose weight!
Many vegetables are also high in B vitamins, vitamin A, iron and other nutrients.
Don’t forget too that vegetables are high in fibre and as such you are less likely to get constipation and need my constipation tips!
Are frozen or canned vegetables healthy?
As long as they are not cooked or canned in any oil etc, frozen or canned vegetables have roughly the same nutritional value as of fresh vegetables and are a great way to save money and time.
If you buy vegetables that have been reduced at the end of the day you can always freeze them to use in a recipe in the future.
More Slimming World recipes you might like
If you are a soup lover like me but are looking for new recipes to enjoy or ways to make your current recipes more filling don’t panic.
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