Once the weather turns colder, all thoughts turn to ways to keep warm. Does that mean that you've got soup on the brain? Thankfully, when done right, this cold-weather craving gets a thumbs-up in the diet department. Read on for three reasons to love soup.
It can act as an appetite suppressant: Ordering soup before a meal shouldn't just be saved for restaurant dining. Have a cup of soup before your dinner — the low-calorie appetizer will help fill you up before you reach for a huge helping later.
It helps you load up the veggies: Feeling like your veggie quotient is lacking? Soups are a good way to fill up on your greens. Add fresh or frozen vegetables to a ready-made soup, or try blending vegetables together to make your own hearty homemade meal.
Read on for more soup and your diet after the break.
It makes staying healthy easy: Busy Fall nights can mean it can be hard to stay healthy. Instead of binging on cheese and crackers when you get back from the gym, make a big batch of soup on Sunday evening and portion into weeknight go-to meals. Not only will you have a one-stop, low-calorie meal ready to beat those hunger pangs, but you'll also save calories by substituting a large bowl of soup for a huge calorie-filled meal. And because soup is a one-pot meal, it takes almost no time to cook; here are nine healthy soup recipes to get you started.
If you're going canned, then make sure that you watch sodium counts and look for low-sodium options. Test your knowledge and see what you know about how much sodium is in soup and try your hand at homemade versions with these five low-calorie soup recipes.