Watercress is a rich and healthy vegetable that is completely filled with vitamins A, C and K. Along with this, it also consists of phenylethyl isothiocyanate which is a compound that provides protection against cancer. According to the researches, it has been proven that watercress can also help in losing weight as it is rich in nutrients. Watercress can be used in a soup diet. However, this soup diet might not be a good option for everyone so consulting your doctor to know your body would be best before going for it.
RULES TO THE DIET
It is not always right to eat simple vegetables and the same soup over and over again. You can add other vegetables with the watercress soup to make it slightly different from the plain taste. Consuming just the soup is not a good idea so keep taking fruits like melons, grapefruit, pineapples, apples, oranges and kiwi in your diet. Not only this, also consume fat-free yogurt or milk with it. Increase the consumption of carrots, broccoli, asparagus, lettuce, cabbage, and beans.
Consume the soup, the fruits and the vegetables as much as you can. But make sure you consume no starch items. Add in fish and chicken to your soup as well. The milk you use should be skimmed. Begin with the fruits and vegetables and from the sixth or seventh day, start with the fish and chicken. Add other vegetables and fruits in the long run.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE SOUP DIET
Watercress soup diet offers health benefits to the body when taken with other nutrient foods. The soup diet benefits with:
- Decreased risk of heart diseases
- Less chances of diabetes
- No or less obesity
- Cancer prevention
- Increased energy
- Normal blood pressure
- Diabetic remedy
- Healthy bones
- How to prepare?
WATERCRESS SOUP RECIPE
The watercress soup diet is easy to prepare for regular intake. Here are some things you will need to make the soup:
- 1 Chopped onion
- 2 ½ pints chicken stock/water
- 2 diced potatoes
- 3 watercress bunches with removed stems
- Salt and pepper according to taste
Method: Add three tablespoons of chicken stock or water with the chopped onion and cook for a few seconds. Add potatoes with the crock and the seasoning. Then wait till the water boils and simmer and the potatoes become soft. Put in the watercress and stir for about three to four minutes (maximum). Remove the ingredients from the stove and pour in the blender to blend. When it is liquidized then pour in a metal bowl and place ice under it to cool down and let it maintain the taste.
SAMPLE MENU FOR THE WEEK
Day 1: Eat the soup with fruits and skimmed milk or fat-free yogurt
Day 2: Consume the soup with additional vegetables and milk/yogurt
Day 3: Add in milk/yogurt, fruits and vegetables, and the watercress soup, of course
Day 4: Consume soup, 5 bananas and milk/yogurt
Day 5: Add in fish and skinless chicken with the soup (use fresh tomatoes) and milk/yogurt
Day 6: Do the same as day fifth day as well but add in vegetables too (especially tomatoes)
Day 7: Repeat what you had on the third day