As the temperature outside decreases and the number of blankets we layer up with increases, the thoughts of comfort foods begin to roll in. Many of the health-conscious try to dodge these thoughts, staying loyal to the dietary goals they’ve set. Luckily, curling up with a favorite bowl of soup doesn’t have to be a thought dodged by anyone.
There are health benefits to eating soup, especially when the soup is properly prepared and homemade. Using low-sodium stocks and slow cooking vegetables can increase the nutritional value of the soup. Clear broth soups, like chicken noodle, can aid in re-hydrating, calming inflammation, settling stomachs and reducing congestion. More vegetable-based soups help achieve proper dietary intakes for nutrients and fiber. Meat-based soups provide the body with proteins and amino acids. Adding spices such as tumeric, garlic or pepper increase the body’s circulation, warming you up! Additionally, garlic is known to be “an antibiotic, antiviral, and antifungal agent…” (Total Health Nutrients, 2010). No wonder the infamous any-kind-of-illness remedy is chicken noodle soup (especially if it’s chuck full of garlic and veggies).
Recipes for the Favorites
Chicken Tortilla- http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipe/soups/chicken-tortilla-soup/
Curried Cauliflower- http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/andrew-weils-curried-cauliflower-soup
For a full listing of recipes, visit http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-soup-recipes/RE00122.
With these easy and healthy recipes, the days of feeling guilty indulging in your favorite comfort soup are long gone!
*As always, remember to consult your doctor before changing your diet or treating symptoms of any illness.*For more information, visit any of the above links or http://totalhealthnutrients.com/?p=1875 that was utilized in creating this post. (Picture of Broccoli Cheddar soup from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/healthified-broccoli-cheddar-soup-recipe/index.html )