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With Thanksgiving today. I am anticipating needing to shed a few more pounds than I already need to. One thing I noticed when I do a lot of exercise, is that I am extra hungry all the time. It really stinks because here I am trying to lose weight and my body is starving for more food. Through some advice and reading, I realized that it is my body starving for more protein. Since I am not a big meat eater, my body is telling me to give it some more food, when I really need to amp up my protein intake. Healthy protein is easy for me. I love black beans. Packed with protein and high flavor, they are always my go-to. I make several types of black bean soups and dishes, but so far this is my favorite. Super easy to make and spicy. Spicy foods also boost your metabolism, so I am all over spicy foods right now! I make this ahead and keep it in the fridge in jars or tupperware. A quick couple minutes in the microwave and I curb my appetite. Sometimes I just eat a little coffee mug full in between meals to keep my stomach happy.
Easy Spicy Gluten-Free Black Bean Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles
2 15- to 16-ounce cans black beans, undrained
1 1/2 cups chicken broth (vegetable if vegan)
Chopped fresh cilantro
Chopped green onions
Crumbled feta cheese (omit if vegan)