Soup is more than just a great meal during winter. It makes a comfort food when the weather is all chilly and acting up. Beyond this convenience, it should not just be reserved for winter as you can have it every other day, no matter the season.
- Soup keeps you full longer than solid food and water
When you eat food and drink water, you will only be full for a couple of hours before hunger kicks in. This is because the stomach passes out water to the intestines before the solid food gets digested. As such, digestive juices get to work and your meal is digested in a short time.
But when the food is blended together in the form of soup, the mixture tends to stay longer in your stomach. This saves you from snacking in the afternoon if you have soup for lunch.
Another thing, if you are looking to shed some kilos, soup will get you full without cravings and the usual hunger pangs that come with a strict diet.
- Soup boosts your vegetables Intake
Come to think of it. It is recommended that we should eat five to thirteen servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Getting your veggie and fruit intake can seem like a chore especially if you have a busy lifestyle.
If eating roasted or steamed vegetables is not your thing, soup will help get your servings right for a day. It is not that much of a chore like fixing a salad especially if you have a soup maker. All you do is chop a few vegetables together, put them in the maker and you have your bowlful of soup a few minutes later.
You can have soup for breakfast, as a snack, or a starter meal for dinner and you are way ahead of the pack healthwise.
- It Improves Veggies Tolerance in Kids
Youngsters tend to be picky eaters as they start associating certain tastes with different foods. Most kids can’t eat their greens, you may have tried make-believe, setting an example, or even getting them involved in preparing food, but nothing seems to work on them.
A pot of hot boiling soup sends an aroma that is sure to get picky eaters tasting and actually enjoying the bowl of soup. Just choose their favourite vegetables and sneak in their least favourites cut into very little pieces such that they do not affect the taste of the soup.
Such manoeuvres can pay off in the long run since the more you expose them to vegetables the more they grow a tolerance for the vegetables they do not like.
- Soup eases cold symptoms
There’s no cure for the common cold. But this does not mean sticking in the house feeling miserable and waiting for the symptoms to go away. Among the remedies that are known to work in making the symptoms tolerable is eating soup.
Most people believe in the old grandma’s chicken soup when you have a cold.
The practice of taking chicken soup when you have a cold dates back a few centuries ago. Well, some researchers got down to finding out the true nature of chicken soup and if it can have effects on the common cold.
And this is what they found. Although it may not shorten the length of the infection, chicken soup has anti-inflammatory effects which ease congestion in the respiratory tract.
What’s more, the heat, aroma, and spices used in the soup can help decrease congestion and clear sinuses. It breaks up the mucus and helps to clear the airwaves so you won’t be suffering from a blocked nose all week long.
Soup also helps to increase your fluid intake when you have a cold since it is very important. This is because you can easily get dehydrated from a feverish sweat and a running nose.
So when you catch a cold, all you need is a bowl of brothy soup and you can be well into healing and go on with your week as you planned.
- Soup Warms your Body
Staying warm in the cold weather can be a bit of a struggle for most of us. But that needn’t be the case especially with a bowl of soup. It is a favourite comfort food and should be yours too when you need your hands toasty in winter.
Nutritionists believe that taking soup can increase your core body temperature which means you will feel warm from the inside out.
Find the soup you like and take it as many times as possible and you will not have to be in blankets all day long when the temperatures plummet.
- Soup can make a Healthy Meal
Soup is a healthy way to start a meal. It is packed full of nutrients from the fiber-filled vegetables and legumes you pick for that particular bowl. It is low in energy density which means they have fewer calories than having meatballs or kebabs as the starter meal.
Soups combine great flavours and appealing textures that help you obtain a variety of nutrients just from one bowl.
It also allows you to consume less because of its high satiation potential. This indicates how useful soup is, in losing and controlling weight. In fact, if you choose to take a bowl of soup with every main course, you will experience more weight loss than having a different meal with the same number of calories, according to Obesity Research.
Again, on weight control, it is important that you choose broth-based soups instead of creamy soups. The low-energy density of broth-based soups gives you fewer calories while filling you up faster than cream-based soups.
- Soup Saves you Money
Homemade soup is your best bet if you are a budget-conscious mother. All you need is some fresh vegetables and broth or water and you will have enough to feed a large family.
You don’t have to go looking for fresh vegetables each time. Instead of throwing away the leftovers, store them in the fridge and when it comes to preparing a rich bowl of soup, you will have all the necessary ingredients to make a flavour-filled bowl of soup.
Some people tend to think that making soup from scraps makes it bland. But this is not usually the case since you can choose the scraps according to the way you want the soup to taste. You can also add herbs and other spices that can change the texture and flavour of the soup.
For a small cost, you and your family can be full and healthy.
- Soup is simple to make
If not for any other reason, knowing that you cannot mess up when making soup is enough reason to get into the kitchen. Some of us struggle to fix a decent meal. But you will rarely make a mistake even with the first attempt.
If you are not making a specific kind of soup, you will not require a recipe to prepare the perfect bowl. You can actually transform any kind of vegetable to nourishing soup. This goes for any vegetables you may have from celery, mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, squash, tomato, potatoes, cabbage, etc.
With the essentials which are olive oil or butter, salt and pepper, and the aromatics like leek, garlic, onion and fresh herbs, your soup will be ready in about half an hour.
- Soup has a variety of Flavours to choose from
Soup is what we like to call the ideal pick when you want to get your taste buds going. You can easily get a soup recipe book detailing over 50 different kinds of soup that you can easily make at home. From thick to thin soups and those eaten with a side dish, you will never run out of ideas to make soup.
You get to taste of soup from different cultures. For example, the Borscht soup originated from Eastern Europe. It is based on beetroot, while the Bouillabaise is originally from France. It is a soup based on cooked fish, shellfish, and fish stock.
Other popular soups include the traditional chicken soup, butternut squash, spicy tortilla soup, and Broccoli cheese among many others. The list of the types of soup you can take delight in is virtually endless.
- Soup offers Great Hospitality
Making a big batch of soup will save you when you have an impromptu visit from a friend.
With a few containers stacked away in the fridge, all you will need to do is warm it up, and serve it hot as if you just made it from scratch. You can also add a salad and a crusty piece of bread and you have yourselves a tasty meal.
It can also come in handy when you are having a busy weekday with no time to fix lunches before you leave for work. With soup leftover, warming it up will give you a healthy option for lunch or midday snack.
Here are some of the reasons that we think soup is great. As you can see, it is filling, healthy, and an easy way to get your kids having their veggies. Now you have no excuse not to indulge in a nutritious bowl no matter the time of day or season.