Believe it or not, there are benefits to eating soup. Soups are wonderful appetizers, sides or just great on their own, which is why soup is one of the most common dishes on a global scale.
Eating Soup for Lunch Is A Wise Choice
Very few cultures don't have at least a few soups and stews on their menu (we sure have a few soups on our menu), and given the utility and delectable nature of soup, it's not hard to fathom why.
In fact, soup can be one of the best meals you can possibly have, and for a number of reasons. There are some serious benefits to eating soup, and here are a few of them.
Soup Is A Great Way To Get Vegetables
One of the most constant criticisms of the American diet is that it doesn't include enough vegetables, and guess what one of the best ways to get a few more in there is - soup! Vegetable soups are a fantastic vehicle for getting a few more veggies in. When prepared correctly, also delicious!
Plenty of homemade soups are to die for in terms of taste, but also nutritious - such as a good tomato basil or lentil soup.
If you want to eat healthier but can't quite subsist on salad alone, have a soup to with it.
Soup Is Filling
Another reason why soup is a great dish as a side or on its own is that it's filling. Food plus liquid equals a lot more real estate being taken up with the same unit of volume, meaning you feel fuller when eating 8 ounces of soup versus 8 ounces of other foods.
A person looking to reduce portion sizes is well served by a good bowl of soup in this fashion. This effect also induces you to feel more satiety (feeling full) despite consuming fewer calories!
That's also why a hearty bowl is so satisfying.
Slow-Cooker Soup Makes For Easy Cooking
Rushed? Don't always have time at night to make a dinner for yourself or the family? Slow-cooker soup is your friend.
It's rather simple, and there are untold resources on the internet for cooking in exactly this manner. You prep ingredients the night before, dump them in the crockpot, soup pot or Dutch oven in the morning and head out the door. By the time you get home, you have a delicious meal waiting for you.
Soup Is A Great Way To Stretch Ingredients
- Don't always use an entire onion?
- A few stalks of celery always left over?
- Don't always use every bit of produce or meat that you buy?
Make a soup with them!
Soups and stews are a fantastic way to get more mileage out of what you get from the grocery store and therefore save some money by avoiding waste. So many great dishes are born from leftovers and soups are a fantastic example of such a dish in the home.
A Hearty Soup In Wintertime Cannot Be Beat
If there is one thing that can't be beaten, it's having a hot bowl of soup or stew on a cold winter night. The cold temperatures, the longer periods of darkness and so on aren't always pleasant but do you know what definitely is?
A good hot bowl of stew, like a chowder, a stew, Portuguese bean and sausage soup or other heart homemade soup that seems to warm up your very soul. There's nothing like it and it just can't be beaten for comfort.