Boost your healthy-eating habits for 2013: A hot bowl of healthy soup to warm your bones

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Winter can be brutal in terms of watching the waistline. The holidays arrive, Starbucks brings out their winter specialty drinks, turkey dinner comes and sweets seem to be present at every gathering.

With all of these temptations around, it can be hard not to indulge, but we are persistent in our binge junk-eating and use excuses of New Year’s resolutions being right around the corner to make up for it. Well guess what? You’ve been around the corner for a few weeks now. So, of course I have given you a healthy recipe to try this week.

Maybe if you’ve slipped up a few times already, preparing a nutritious meal will inspire you start over again.

The benefits of a healthy soup are endless, especially with the cold season upon us.

Garlic has several benefits, including the ability to reduce cholesterol; it also helps to lower levels of fat in the liver. (To learn more about the many benefits of having garlic in your diet, visit

Tomato-Garlic Soup
Serves 6

1 tablespoon butter/ 1 tablespoon oil or vegetable oil/ 2 large yellow onions, quartered and thinly sliced/10 garlic cloves, minced/4 medium tomatoes, cored, peeled, seeded and chopped/1 ¾ cups low-sodium beef broth/1 cup low-sodium tomato sauce/1 teaspoon dried thyme/1 bay leaf/ ½ teaspoon sugar/ ¼ teaspoon salt/ ¼ teaspoon black pepper/ ¼ cup minced fresh parsley


1. In a large non-stick saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter and heat oil. Add onion and garlic and sauté 25 minutes or until onions are very soft and golden.

2. Stir in tomatoes, broth, tomato sauce, thyme, bay leaf, sugar, salt and pepper. Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer the tomato-garlic soup, covered, 15 minutes. Remove bay leaf and stir in parsley.

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