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Work it Off: Burn Away a 446-Calorie Bowl of Soup

During winter I make a lot of soup. But it’s hard to find a recipe that has enough protein, fiber, fat and so forth to keep me satisfied for hours after mealtime. Recently I tried a new take on tomato soup—one with lots of chickpeas in it. It’s actually pretty similar to the Best Life Diet’s Chickpea and Tomato Soup, only I add a scoop of pesto and leave out the ginger, cilantro, curry, and lemon.

tomato pesto soup

This is no overindulgence—all of the ingredients are healthy and eaten together they really do provide a filling, tasty meal. But I was pretty surprised to see that the aforementioned recipe packs a 446-calorie punch. This isn’t a crazy amount of calories—as I mentioned, it feels filling enough that I tend to skip my afternoon snack when I eat it for lunch—but it still seems high for vegetable soup. Add on the fact that I sit at a desk for most of the day and you’ll see how a even a healthy soup could potentially lead to unwanted pounds.

So, how can I make sure that this delicious soup fuels more than just my fingers, typing away on the keyboard? Here are 3 ways to burn off the 446 calories in from this bowl of soup:

By working at standing desk for 2 hours and 40 minutes.

STanding desk

 

By heading out for a 2 hour brisk walk.

brisk walking

 

By pedaling hard for the first 35 minutes of an indoor cycling class.

spin class for soup story

 

I was a little pressed for time that day so I set up a standing desk in my kitchen and voila—bye bye extra calories!

 

Also Read:

Increased Diabetes Risk for Women Who Sit for Hours

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Two Conversations About Standing Desks: Benefits, Evolution, and Pinball

January 26th, 2014

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