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Shereen Jegtvig, MS

Eating for January

By January 6, 2014

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This is the time when many of us are focusing on cleaning up our diets -- usually to lose weight, but also to feel healthier and more energenic. Good January foods are low in calories but high in nutrients, and if you're in the colder latitudes, you'll probably want some dishes that are nice and warm.

It's a great time for soups and stews, with a little whole grain bread on the side (maybe time to bring out that old bread making machine?). But not any old soup will do, be sure to choose soups that are clear broth based and if you're sensitive to sodium, like me, you might want to stay away from most of those canned soups, unless you choose the ones that have reduced the sodium content.

It's easy to make your own soup. All you need is some broth, some vegetables and maybe a sprinking of salt, pepper and your favorite seasonings. Put everything in a slow-cooker, maybe add some meat for protein and let the soup simmer until the vegetables are cooked through. Add a salad or a colorful vegetable side dish, some whole-grain bread and your low-calorie dinner is ready to serve.

Here are some of my favorite soup recipes and tips to get you started:

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