Spiced Carrot, Lentil & Spinach Soup (5:2 Diet)

I know, I know, it's summer, in some areas it's scorching and here I am sharing a soup recipe. In my defence it's cooler here in Scotland and I still crave soup during the summer. This spiced carrot, lentil and spinach soup is so so delicious I had to share it.

Do you eat soup during the summer?

I wanted all the flavour of our favourite spinach and coconut dal, so I used the same spices. I was originally planning on adding some coconut milk to this soup too, but when I tasted it I realised how divine it was and didn't want to dilute the flavour by adding anything creamy.

We all loved it, even the wee one. Although I say wee, he's actually getting tall for a wee boy (must be all the soup) and eats like a horse.

Nutrients and Calories

As you can see this soup is high in Vitamin A which is important for good vision, healthy bone growth and cells. It also support the immune system and promotes healthy skin.

It is a good source or Dietary Fibre, Iron and Vitamin C. It also provides a small amount of calcium.

If you divide this soup into 6 large portions it provides 184 calories and if you serve 8 normal portions it provides 138 calories. It's also low in fat and salt. So it makes it perfect for the 5:2 diet.

5:2 Diet

You must have heard of the 5:2 diet or fast diet which was invented by Dr Michael Mosley. If not you can check out my 5:2 Diet guide. Basically it is a two day fast where men eat and drink 600 calories a day and women eat and drink 500 calories a day. Yes it's low, but it's possible. It's best not to do both days together and try not go crazy on non-fast days. It's a gradual way to lose weight and when I was doing it I felt really positive and energetic on fast days.

The Updated 5:2 Diet

Michael Mosley has recently updated the rules and you will be pleased to hear he has upped the calories to 800 for everyone.

He told The Telegraph “Cutting down to 800 calories a day seems to be almost as effective and for some people much more ‘doable’. It's low calorie, without being super low-calorie. And if you want to have lunch, you can slip those extra 200 calories in there.”

If you have tried the 5:2 Diet you will know how exciting this is.  Read more about it in my post The New 5:2 Diet Explained.

Soup on the 5:2 Diet

If you are following the 5:2 diet, either the original diet or the updated diet, then soup is your friend. It's low calorie, super healthy and it fills you up. As well as this spiced carrot, lentil and spinach soup, try my spicy tomato and lentil soup at 123 calories per bowl, my spicy butternut squash soup at 113 calories per bowl, my minestrone soup at 198 calories per bowl or my easy broccoli and spinach soup which comes in at 145 calories per bowl.

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Quick Blender Broccoli and Stilton Soup
Spiced Carrot, Lentil & Spinach Soup
A gently spiced soup that has so much flavour. It's vegan and dairy-free and perfect if you are watching your weight. It's only 184 calories for a huge bowlful or 138 calories for a standard bowlful. I'm making this soup as part of my trip back into the 5:2 diet.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 5 medium carrots, grated
  • 200g/1 cup red lentils
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 ½ litres/6 cups vegetable stock
  • a good grinding of salt and pepper
1. Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until soft.2. Add the grated carrots,
then measure in the spices and stir through.
3. Add the stock and cook for 25-30 minutes. 4. Season with salt and pepper, then serve with crusty bread.5. Enjoy!
Total prep time:
Nutrition facts per 6 servings:
138 calories
3.2 grams fat

Yield: Serves 6-8

New 5:2 Diet Explained

New 5:2 Diet? Yes it's been updated and you're going to love the changes.

The original 5:2 diet was based around a two day fast each week where men consumed 600 calories or less on those two days and women consumed 500 calories or less.

The Science Behind the 5:2 Diet

The new 5:2 Diet. Updated for 2017 with more calories, science, tips and recipes. www.tinnedtomatoes.com #vegetarian #vegan

The 5:2 Diet was created by Dr Michael Mosley, who introduced it to us in a 2012 BBC Documentary Eat, Fast and Live Longer

When Michael was tested in the documentary he discovered his body was a third fat which put him at a higher chance of heart disease or cancer. After he changed his diet and followed the 5:2 diet his chances lowered quite dramatically.

Meat Free Mondays - 19 June 2017

Happy Monday!

How are you my friends? Me, I'm super excited! I'm heading to Milan this week with some of my blogging buddies. My hubby and wee one are staying at home and carrying on with their normal week. I better bring something nice back for them.

Meat Free Monday

I still need to plan and prepare some meals this week though and that's where Meat Free Monday comes in. One day of meat free eating for some and every day for others. Whichever category you fall into, I hope you leave inspired.       UPDATE AT END OF POST!

Scottish Oaty Cranachan with Strawberries

We Scots love our oats and this Scottish Oaty Cranachan is a good example of how fabulous oats can be. I know you probably use them to make the occasional bowl of porridge but do consider them when making dessert too.

What is cranachan?

First of all let me help you pronounce it, here we go, cran-i-kin.

Cranachan is an old Scottish dessert that was originally called cream crowdie and was traditionally served at harvest time. It was made with crowdie cheese, a creamy cheese which was mixed with cream and oats and a little bit of honey to sweeten it. When raspberries were in season they would be added and if a crofter was feeling flush he would add a spot of whisky.

Overnight Sweet Potato Oats - Wake up to Organic

Wake up to Organic

That's today's theme and the reason I'm sharing these overnight oats with you. As a good Scot's lass I usually make porridge out of oats, but it's nice to change things up from time to time and these overnight sweet potato oats are a delicious addition to a breakfast table.

Independent stores across the country served up free breakfasts as part of the Wake up to Organic campaign, but I think we can do more at home and make ourselves some really interesting breakfasts instead of just pouring cornflakes into a bowl.

A simple recipe for sweet potato overnight oats that's high in vitamin c & iron. This recipe is dairy free and vegan.

As well as these overnight sweet potato oats, try some homemade tattie scones with beans, some chocolate chip & raisin scotch pancakes or a chocolate cherry smoothie bowl.

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