This comes right from Eating Well, a site which I love! Slurp up and enjoy!
Stay slim with this mealtime trick: start your meal with one of these healthy soups and salads.
Filling up on fiber- and water-rich foods first can help prevent you from overdoing high-calorie fare later. Research out of Penn State shows that eating a first-course salad can reduce overall calorie intake at a meal by up to 12 percent. Another study showed that people who started lunch with vegetable soup ended up eating 20 percent less than those who skipped the soup. Try this healthy soup recipe before your dinner tonight.