It Is Time To Warm Up With The Ultimate Winter Warmer: Soup

When it comes to warming up in the middles of winter, nothing quite tops the hearty deliciousness that comes with soup. Unfortunately, some of our favourite soups are packed with a lot of heavy and difficult to digest, leaving us feeling sluggish and heavy. To work around this, we have a few tips for creating kilojoule-friendly soups.

The benefits of eating – or drinking - soup

Depending on the soup that you make, the potential exists to pack them full of vitamins and nutrients, courtesy of delicious vegetables. It is a quick and easy way to get your daily dose of 5 vegetables to keep you going and staying hydrated while ensuring that all your nutritional needs are being met. It sounds like a lot, but it is difficult to notice when it is surrounded by a delicious broth. This means that you are boosting your immunity to fight colds and flu while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Giving your soup the best nutritional value

While store-bought, ready-made soups are a convenient option, in addition to the cup of soup varieties that require hot water to create a delicious meal, it is difficult to know what exactly has gone into making the soup. By making your own soup, you are in control of what goes into it and can ensure that it is as healthy as possible while remaining tasty.

Phytonutrients should be added wherever possible as they boost our bodies defence systems and reduce our chances of developing certain chronic conditions. When selecting vegetables, look for the most colourful options available, as they are often rich in certain nutrients and minerals. If you are looking for some simple examples, fruits and veggies with red colouring are rich in lycopene, which can reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer and promotes bone health. For immune system support, looking for orange foods such as carrots or oranges, as they contain beta-carotene. Additional food items to add to the immune-boosting mix is onions and garlic.

Consider changing your base

While creamy soups are always a delicious option, they are not always the waistline-friendly option. To avoid the high levels of saturated fat present in the cream, rather look into soups that need a tomato base or consider using a low-fat yoghurt to give your soup a creamier texture.

If you are a vegetarian or vegan, adding meats to your soup may not be an option, however, you still need your daily dose of protein. To meet this nutritional need, consider adding plant-based proteins to your soup. This can include lentils, chickpeas and red kidney beans.

Do not lose your summer body to winter comfort

While winter is a time to enjoy our favourite comfort foods and sip on soups while you enjoy the has to offer, finding kilojoule friendly way to prepare these meals is crucial to maintaining the healthy lifestyle created during the summer months.