Published on March 2nd, 2016.
At the end of a long day, one thing I love is sitting down to enjoy a warm, relaxing bowl of soup. Regardless if the bowl is meant to be a meal starter or star in your meal, it is always a better way to raise your vegetable intake and reduce hunger. Here are some of the benefits associated with soup.
Soup fights cold
One of the widely prescribed cures for common cold is chicken soup, and it is for a good reason. Warm fluids, like soup, help retain moisture in the nasal passages, prevent dehydration, drain your sinuses of mucus, and calm a sore throat. This claim is even scientifically proven. A study published in the Chest journal suggests that, chicken and veggies in soup have anti-inflammatory abilities that help ease congestion, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose and other ailments of upper respiratory tract. Moreover, resisting the comfort factor is hard as chicken noodle soup will eliminate the craving for a wholesome and homemade soup or a bad weather.
Soup can help in cutting calories
If you think a soup will only act as an appetizer, you are wrong since a soup appetizer can help cut your entire calorie intake. Research conducted at Penn State University established that, for those people who started with a low-calorie soup, their overall calorie consumed was 20 percent lower than if they took the meal without soup. However, you should be careful when selecting your soup starter and go for one with 100 to 150 calories per serving, while also remembering broth-based soup is better compared to cream-based.
Easy and sustaining meal
Choosing the right ingredients can even lead to an entire meal out of soup. Tossing all the ingredients into a pot, and letting it cook is all that you require preparing homemade soup. Select any vegetable-packed recipe for soup and add chicken, lentils, or beans; which are all lean proteins, and you are set to prepare. Storing in individual containers is a great idea, as you can even bring the soup to work.
Soup can be an easy snack
A bowl of soup should help you skip the vending machine in mid-afternoon as it will act as a snack. A bowl of soup containing lentils and beans provide sustained energy as it contains protein, soluble fiber and slow-burning carbs, all which can be found in store-bought soup or homemade versions.
Soup should not be limited to cold weather. During the hot months of summer, cool soups such as cucumber-yogurt and gazpacho should work well.
Soup is also trendy
Although not such a solid factor, you should join in since almost everyone eating soup, especially Bone Broth, which has become a buzzy bite lately. With the many health powers it is being claimed to contain, the two most important to keep in mind include its use as a post-workout snack and the immune-boosting benefits. Bone broth can be prepared using various types of bones such as pork, poultry, beef, and fish and mixing with ingredients such as garlic, spices, herbs and onions.