Most people enjoy soup at one time or another; particularly in the winter when it is cold. However, it is often something that people eat simply because it is convenient, But they don’t really consider the many benefits to eating soup. Here are some of the main benefits.
Unless you are eating a very thin broth, such as French consommé or Japanese Miso Soup, you will almost certainly find that it is filling. If you only have a few minutes for lunch and want to ensure that you eat something that will keep you going for the rest of the day, look out for soups that contain potatoes and beans; these ingredients will ensure that the soup is thicker and therefore more filling, and they will boost your energy levels.
Warming (or cooling)
There is nothing better than a warm bowl of soup in the winter, especially if you come home from work and just want something to warm you up quickly. It is also incredibly comforting. In the summer, soup may not be everyone’s first choice, but it is great for lunches on cooler days, and it will boost your liquid levels if you are feeling a bit dehydrated. You could even experiment with cold soups, such as Gazpacho, which is served chilled.
Soup is largely liquid, so it takes no time at all to heat up – perfect for a quick lunch, especially when accompanied by bread or crispbread. Even better, it is extremely easy to carry around – all you need is a flask and it will remain warm until you get around to eating it. Alternatively, if you have a microwave at work, you can take it in any kind of container and then heat it when it is required. And if you have any left-over, you can easily save it for the next day.
Easy to make
Many people these days resort to buying their soup in tins or cartons from the supermarket. However, making soup yourself is incredibly easy, as well as being very cheap (provided you don’t start adding in lobster and caviar, of course). There is little in the way of cooking skills required – if you have a slow cooker, throwing in some vegetables and whatever else you like, topped up with some broth will provide you with a nutritious soup. Alternatively, there are plenty of recipes you can follow.
Cheap to buy
If making soup is something that you don’t relish, or you are worried that it will go off before you get the chance to eat it, then there is a wide variety of flavours and brands that you can buy from the supermarket. Most supermarkets have value brands that are extremely cheap, and yet the soup is still tasty. Otherwise, you can still buy a cheap lunch even if you go for the more expensive brands, which tend to have more interesting flavours.
Soups tend to be largely vegetable-based, which means that they are an excellent way of ensuring that you eat your share of vegetables. Even children, who may be picky about vegetables, can usually be persuaded to eat soup, especially if it is blended. And provided that you don’t add cheese, cream or large amounts of meat, soup tends to be a great diet food, especially when accompanied by low-calorie crispbread.
Of course, if you buy your soup in tins and cartons, you aren’t really doing very much for the environment. However, if you make the soup yourself, you can ensure that your household wastes very little food. Leftovers can be used as a base for soups and you can add in vegetables and meat that is tougher than you would like and would otherwise throw away, especially if you are using a slow cooker, because it will be softened during the cooking process. You can even make your own broth by boiling bones after a weekend roast.
If you don’t already eat soup on a regular basis, then you might want to rethink your diet. There are many great benefits to eating soup.