Healthy Weight Loss Cooking – Tom Yum Gai Thai Soup Recipe


When I visited the beautiful country of Thailand, I went to a local restaurant and had some amazing Thai soup. One of the great things about Thai food is that it is delicious and also very healthy for you. So, if your goal is to lose weight then this Thai meal is perfect for you. Today, we will be making one of my favorite Thai soups called Tom Yum Gai. The list of healthy ingredients used to make this tasty soup are endless!

Ingredients in Tom Yum Gai Soup:

  • Lime
  • Chives
  • Lemon Grass
  • Galangal root
  • Kaffir lime leaves
  • Fish sauce
  • Coconut milk
  • Parsley
  • Chicken
  • Chili
  • Chili paste
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Tomato

healthy-cooking-weight-loss-tom-yum-gaiAll of these ingredients are going to be put into a wok and then we are going to make a soup out of it. The name “Tom Yum” originated from Laos and Thailand and the “Gai” means chicken. Tom Yum is also made with prawns instead of chicken and this soup is called “Tom Yum Goong”. The great part of this soup is that its made with very healthy ingredients and a few of them are rather unique. These ingredients include galangal root, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass and fish sauce.

Galangal is a root that has a citrusy, piney, earthy aroma with hints of cedar and soap in the flavor. Galangal resembles ginger but does not taste anything like it. The kaffir lime is a rough, bumpy green fruit. The leaves can be used fresh or dried and can be stored frozen. The coconut milk gives it a little extra thickness and flavor while still keeping it healthy. Coconut milk is high in saturated fat but it consists of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids that the body quickly turns into energy instead of storing as fat. So, even though coconut milk is rather high in saturated fat, it can actually help you lose weight! The chicken is packed with protein to support and build lean muscle tissue.

Nutritional Breakdown for Tom Yum Gai Soup (6 ounce serving):

  • Calories: 194
  • Fat: 15 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 5 grams
  • Protein: 12 grams
  • Sodium: 558 mg

If you like soup and want to try out a new recipe, try making Tom Yum Gai soup one day and see how you like it. Its packed with nutrient dense ingredients that are both delicious and healthy for you! Include this healthy recipe into your diet to lose weight and feel great!

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In 2009, I moved to Thailand. Because powerlifting is not popular there and gym memberships can be expensive, I have adapted my workouts to suit the area. I had to get creative. I have looked into bodyweight exercises, and barrel lifting. See my profile page for more information!

1 Comment

  1. Looks more like a Tom Kha Gai soup. Tom Yum uses coconut milk like your recipe, whereas Tom Kha doesn’t. But, looks yummy nonetheless.

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