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If you never thought of chili as a "diet" food start now. Make your chili with ground turkey, Turkey is full of important nutrients and add your favorite veggies. Also pearl barley has less of an impact on blood sugar more than any other grain. Barley's fiber, protein & low glycemic index all help stave off the accumulation of visceral fat. Make some Barley Soup or as a side with Turkey meat or pork loin.
I eat a cup of broth-based soup with a little protein in it before my afternoon and evening meals. It really helps me feel satiated faster and keeps me from going back for seconds on more caloric items. For supreme convenience I make a big batch of soup on Sundays and freeze it in single-serving containers for the week.
Soup ideas include garden veggie, chicken and barley, escarole and spicy turkey sausage, or tofu tom yum.
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