Health & Wellness Blog

THE LITTLE BOOK OF GOOD SOUP 

By: Laura Haddox, NDTR


One of my absolute favorite things about fall weather and the cooler temps when it comes to food is soup! From the aromas that fill the air when you cook them to the cozy warmth they provide when you eat them. While we all have heard that chicken soup is good for the soul, it and other soups are also good for your health. They provide an excellent opportunity to combine vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains in a one-pot meal. 

Whether you are craving a hearty stew or a classic tomato soup to pair with grilled cheese, these recipes deliver a variety of flavors and nutritious ingredients. 

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO ACCESS "THE LITTLE BOOK OF GOOD SOUP":

https://issuu.com/sewickleyymca/docs/soups

Tips for getting the most nutritional bang for your buck when it comes to choosing and preparing soup:

  • Choosing broth-based soups over cream-based will help keep fluid intake high and calories low. 
  • When choosing cream-based soup, lower the fat. Try canned evaporated milk or regular milk instead of full-fat cream.
  • Use vegetable purees in place of heavy cream to add even more fiber and vegetables.
  • Make your recipe like you'd make your plate, 1/2 veggies, 1/4 protein, 1/4 grains.
  • Don't forget the herbs! Boost the nutritional content and flavor by adding different spices to your soups. For example, adding cilantro, an herb rich in antioxidants, to chicken tortilla soup can help protect your body's skin cells from oxidative damage.  
  • Use low-sodium broths, or even better, make a bone broth like the one in our recipes book. Pg: 26.

 

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