When you are dieting or just trying to live and eat healthy, you sometimes need a little satisfying snack to get you through to your next “regular” meal. One of my favorite low-cal options is a cup of this quick and easy tomato soup. I like it best made with low sodium V8 Juice, but when money is tight, this homemade tomato juice works just as well. Just spice it up with a few extra herbs.
Get out a large microwavable mug and pour 6 to 8 ounces of tomato or tomato vegetable juice in it. Add a splash of water or vegetable broth (making sure there’s no extra salt in the broth – homemade is best). Microwave your “soup” for 1 to 2 minutes. I start with a minute, then stir and continue heating in 30 second intervals until the soup is nice and hot.
For an even lighter soup, use 1/2 tomato juice and 1/2 no salt added vegetable broth.
For extra flavor, add a dash of Italian seasoning and pepper. Slowly eat your soup with a teaspoon straight from the mug or sip it. Have a big glass of water with it and you’ll be full until your next meal.
To make your own vegetable broth, dig through the fridge and find about 1/2 pound of vegetable scraps or fresh veggies. Cut them into chunks and put them in a stock pot. Saute your veggies for a few minutes, then add plenty of water and cook them until the vegetables are tender. Pour everything through a strainer. Save the broth and serve the veggies for dinner if you’d like. Add some fresh or dried herbs to the broth to season it.