There are many good reasons to make soup one of the most common items in your diet. Soup can be an appetizer or the main dish. It can be used as a warm, hearty way to pack on calories, or a great filler when you want to diet and still get nutrients. A soup base can consist of cream, as with chowders and cheese soups, a meat based broth or a juice based broth as with tomatoes and vegetables. Here are some good reasons for keeping soup on the menu.
Some may chalk-it-up to folklore, but chicken soup and other types have long been considered a treatment for the common cold. Even though there is mounting evidence of the medicinal benefit, there is no doubt about soups therapeutic value as well. Soup transfers heat all through the body and helps to loosen up muscles and break up congestion in the lungs. It’s warm, comforting and easy on the stomach. Here’s a Chicken Noodle Soup recipe that’ll work nicely when you’re under the weather.
Great for losing weight
Soups are a nutritious way to keep the calories down. They can provide a mix of foods as recommended on the New USDA Food Pyramid. Because they are liquid based, they can leave you feeling full after one or two bowls. For dieting, broth based soups are the best. Give this Skinny Veggie Soup a try.
An easy dinner item and great for lunch or snacks
Even though it is one of the most common, basic ways of cooking, it’s hard to find a soup recipe that goes back a hundred years or more. That’s because everyone just makes their own! Soup can consist of anything that’s left in the cupboard. When you get comfortable with the spices you’re using, you can flavor any meat, fish or vegetable. You can get an idea to start with from this Hearty Vegetable Bean Soup. For lunch, microwaves are everywhere and they come in very handy when you want to warm up to a nice cup of soup. Whether you make it at home, or get it already prepared from a vendor, soup will always make a satisfying break during the day.
A great food for gatherings any time of year
When you have a gathering that doesn’t quite rise to the occasion of a meal, but you’d rather have something more meaningful than crackers, try a selection of soups. People love them, and you can get a variety of them rather easily. Try Judy’s Gazpacho for a soup that’s sure to be a hit. You can also start several different soups with the basic Chicken Bone Broth. Be creative, and have fun!