Every diet begins with watching what you eat. Counting calories is key whether you're maintaining a healthy weight or working to shed a few pounds. Fortunately, there's an easier way to go about the math than tracking down nutritional info and logging every bite: build a strong portfolio of delicious low-calorie meals and let it do the work for you. We'll get you started with this collection of soup, stew, and chili recipes that are short on calories but big on flavor. The only arithmetic you'll be responsible for is subtracting pounds.
Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Soups, stews, and chilis are a healthy eater's best friend. You can fill bowls with hearty grains, fiber-rich vegetables, lean meats and then pour on a flavorful low-calorie broth. Creamy soups of puréed vegetables are a can't-fail crowd pleaser, too—and they're a great way to sneak in extra vegetable and fruit servings. These soups, stews, and chili recipes are all 300 calories or less, which means they fit perfectly into a calorie-conscious eater's weekly meal plans. Bonus: if you have extras, you can freeze them for busy weeknights when you need a healthy meal in a hurry.
First up, our classic Chicken and Vegetable Soup. Let this simple soup warm you up during the chillier months. You can also use this recipe as a template for other chicken and veggie soups.