There is nothing better than coming home after a stressful day of work and having a healthy, delicious meal. When the weather turns cold, turn to a winter staple: soup. Soups are a complete one-pot meal as they can include grains, protein and vegetables that leave you feeling satisfied.
Here are some things to consider:
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- If you have the choice between making your own or buying canned, go for the homemade. It will contain far less sodium than even the low sodium varieties at the store. Look online for recipes or ask your mom for her chicken noodle one!
- If you make your own, try using low sodium chicken stock. It’s a great source of minerals such as calcium and potassium.
- If you select canned soup and you’re disappointed with the lack of ingredients, add you own. Experiment with new veggies such as escarole or kale that you might not normally eat as a side. They will be fully cooked by the time the soup is heated. Other options include cherry tomatoes or pre-cooked chick peas.
- Soup is one food that tastes better the next day. For future meals, stick some in the freezer. You’ll have it for when you’re crunched for time. Better yet, freeze in individual containers for instant portion control!
- Leftover protein such as ground beef, chicken, or pork from the previous day can be great added to a soup.
- Try my favorite Black Bean Soup Recipe!!!
With soup, the possibilities are endless. So if you’re suffering from a lack of variety in your diet, it’s a great option that will keep your taste buds happy!
Research assistance provided by Jessica Bennett