Homemade Soup Day – February 4thSoup is a common meal in many countries and probably dates back to the invention of the earliest cooking pots. While it is easy to open a can and heat a can of soup, it is even better when it is homemade. Soup is easy, inexpensive and quick to make. What a better way to enjoy a delicious bowl of soup than on Homemade Soup Day.
It’s almost impossible to quickly consume a bowl of soup. You have to eat slowly and enjoy each spoonful. Also, the high liquid content of most soups does a great job of filling your stomach.
Here are some tips for making healthy soup.
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· If the soup or stew is high in fiber (from beans, vegetables, and/or whole grains), it will also help add bulk to your meal and thus help you feel full longer.
· Soft watery vegetables like zucchinis and yellow squash add gorgeous body and texture without overpowering the flavor
· As long as the soup is broth- or tomato-based, usually there are fewer calories. A cup of broth, by itself, is typically very low in calories and fat grams. Cream-based soups can be a different story. One cup of light whipping cream has lots of calories and fat. One option is to switch to whole milk in creamy soup recipes.
· Not all broth products are created alike. Try a number of broths to determine which you like best or take the time to make broth from scratch.
· Roasting a chicken or turkey is a good excuse for making broth from the soup which will lead to an excellent tasting soup.
· Look for opportunities to add extra vegetables to soup.
· Look for recipes which have dried or canned beans as an ingredient. Beans are an excellent source of fiber and offer a lot of nutritional value.