How This Helps

Vietnamese cuisine is well-known for serving a variety of greens, herbs, vegetables, and spices in their dishes. In accordance with the principle of dieting that nutritionists swear by -- Moderation, Variety, and Balance -- this light meal soup encompasses it all. Pho is most beneficial for people who want to shed a few pounds without sacrificing the taste and flavor of food.



Instructions

Prep Time: 20 min

Serving size: 4 servings


Ingredients:

- 8 ounces rice noodles

- 12 ounces lean beef sirloin, fat trimmed

- salt and pepper

- 1 large onion, halved

- 1/4 inc ginger

- 3 cups low-sodium beef broth

- 5 star anise pods

- 1 cinnamon stick

- 4 scallions

- 2 jalapeno peppers (red and green)

- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro

- 2 tbsp fish sauce

- 1 cup fresh bean sprouts


Directions:

- Prepare rice noodles as label describes

- Tenderize pork and season with salt and pepper

- Sear the meat until charred but still rare, 2-3 minutes per side, then transfer to a plate

- Add onion and ginger to pot, cook for 4 minutes

- Add broth. 3 cups of water, star anise, and cinnamon

- reduce the heat and simmer about 20 minutes

- Thinly slice scallions and jalapenos

- Drain the noodles

- Add the fish sauce to broth and boil 5 minutes

- Discard the ginger, star anise and cinnamon stick.

- Divide the noodles among 4 bowls: top with the broth, scallions, cilantro, bean sprouts, jalapenos and onion.



Nutrition Facts:

Per serving: Calories, 334; Fat, 4g; Cholesterol, 334mg; Sodium, 961mg; Carbohydrate, 51g; Fiber, 2g; Protein, 22g



Science and Research

One of Pho’s highlighted ingredients is the jalapeno peppers, which induce its exciting spice! One of the chemical components in peppers, mainly Capsaicin, has been found to help your body to burn more calories and selectively destroy nerve fibers that transmit information from your gut to your brain. Research has found that your metabolism can also be increased to 5% and fat burning can increase by 16%. Definitely a technique for someone embarking on a weight loss journey!
Hursel, R., & Westerterp-Platenga, M. (2010). Thermogenic ingredients and body weight regulation. [Abstract]. International Journal of Obesity, 659-669.

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