Hearty Lentil and Veggie Soup

Hearty Lentil and Veggie SoupA simple lentil vegetable soup is an excellent anti-aging recipe with many health benefits. Many homemade soups are low in calories and fat, which make them ideal for a weight loss diet. They also benefit your digestive system when they’re made with easy-to-digest ingredients like water and fresh vegetables.

Lentils are an especially good superfood for your weight loss diet, because they contain a very good amount of dietary fiber, which will keep you full for longer. One cup of cooked lentils contains 15.6 grams of dietary fiber, which amounts to 62.5% of your recommended daily value. The fiber from this superfood will help you burn fat, increase your metabolism, lower blood cholesterol, and stabilize blood sugar levels.

The folate (folic acid) in the lentils is also an essential component of this anti-aging recipe, because it helps maintain blood circulation by preventing homocysteine buildup. Cardiovascular disease is closely related to high serum homocysteine levels.

This anti-aging recipe is also packed with many other healthy ingredients, such as celery, carrots, white onion, spinach, potatoes, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil.

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