Lentil, Kale and Carrot Soup

entil, Kale and Carrot SoupLentils, compared to other types of legumes, are relatively quick and easy to prepare. They come in a wide variety of colors, are available throughout the whole year and offer great nutritional properties. Combine lentils with kale, carrots and other aromatic vegetables to get a tasty and super-nutritious soup.

Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients:
2 carrots, chopped
1 cup lentils
4 large kale leaves, ribs removed
2 ribs celery, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
⅓ cup parsley, chopped
6 cups organic low-sodium vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
1 tsp dried thyme
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
red-pepper flakes (optional) Read more

6 Foods That Help Boost Metabolism

Foods Boost MetabolismMetabolism is very important as this ensures that your body has energy to perform your regular activities. This process does not just happen automatically. The body needs to be fed with foods that will initiate this process and also boost the process in the long run. Low fat foods combined with regular exercise increases the metabolism process. Eventually this would lead to losing weight and benefit those that have such goals in mind. Below are top 10 foods that would escalate the metabolism process:

1. Green tea
Time has come that you stopped taking coffee or black tea. Green tea is the most recommended tea that will help in improving your metabolism process. Research conducted on green tea proves that it contains thermogenic properties. This will help in the oxidation of fats that you digest. This implies that by enhancing the metabolism process, calories would be dealt with efficiently.

2. Apples
Often you have heard the adage that goes ‘an apple day keeps the doctor away.’ This is very true considering the nutritional values that apples have on us. First, they have low calorie content in them. Secondly, they are an excellent source of fiber. Therefore, eating apples will keep your hunger at bay for hours. Regular intake of apples helps in the prevention of metabolic syndrome (a condition of having excess accumulation of abdominal fat, diabetes and heart related ailments). Read more