A chilled cucumber and avocado soup is perfect for any Summer day; not only will it help you cool off and hydrate, but the ingredients will also help you feel your flat-belly best. Avocados are high in fiber, which helps keep you full, as well as monounsaturated fats, which studies have shown may help decrease belly fat. Cucumbers, meanwhile, are high in anti-inflammatory nutrients. A pinch of cayenne as well as garlic adds a bit of spice and a metabolism boost, and at under 150 calories, this chilled green soup doesn't weigh you down on a hot day.
Read on for the recipe.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil Makes four one-cup servings.
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, diced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 cups peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced cucumbers, divided
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth, or reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 avocado, diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Makes four one-cup servings.