It’s soup season: the benefits of the bowl

It’s soup season: the benefits of the bowl

Soup is the perfect solution to anytime you’re feeling hungry, appearing as either an appetizer, main dish or a satiating between-meal snack.

Besides being delicious, soup carries a bowl of benefits for a variety of reasons.

It’s the perfect conduit for veggies

Whether fresh, canned or frozen, you can add any kind of veggies to soup because you’re not necessarily looking for a crisp texture or mouthfeel.

Buying frozen and canned produce could be particularly important these days, when we tend to want to shop less often and store foods wisely at home.

Even if you don’t like veggies, you can still increase your intake and boost your nutrition by using an immersion blender. The inexpensive tool is perfect for pureeing veggies right within the pot in which you cooked the soup.

All the nutrients

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Some foods, particularly vegetables, lose valuable nutrients when they are cooked in water that later gets discarded. But when beans, vegetables or proteins (chicken, beef) are cooked within a soup, important nutrients are retained in the liquid.

Related: How to get the most nutrition out of your veggies

Cook and save

It’s easy to cook up a large pot of soup and store portions in small containers in the freezer. This practice will help you have hearty, warm meals you can easily pull out if recipe fatigue strikes.

Soup stops hunger

A bowl of broth-based soup before a meal helps you eat less afterwards, thereby aiding you in your weight loss goals by feeling satiated instead of restricted.

A bowl of soup as a between-meal snack could provide valuable nutrients and replace an otherwise empty calorie snack.

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