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Happy New Year!! January marks a time for new beginnings, new goals, and a celebration of one of the most versatile and nourishing dishes—soup! 

There’s something truly nostalgic about homemade soups. From the broth simmering on the stove to the rich medley of fresh vegetables and herbs, homemade soups not only warm our bodies on chilly days but also provide an abundance of health benefits.

Here’s why we love them!

They’re Nutrient-Dense

Soups are a great way to pack in a variety of nutrients, from vitamins and minerals in vegetables to the lean protein in beans or meats, making it an ideal meal for a well-rounded diet. Eating a lot of vegetables can reduce weight gain because they are low in calories and high in fiber, which decreases your risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.

They’re Hydrating 

With their high-water content, soups keep us hydrated during the winter months where we tend to drink less water because it’s not as hot outside.

They Promote Good Digestive Health

The blend of ingredients in soups can aid digestion and provide a gentle way to cleanse and nourish your body.

While homemade soups, such as bone broth, tomato, and chicken noodle, may provide numerous health benefits, commercially-processed soups may be filled with unwanted ingredients. So, here’s what you should look out for when you’re at the store:

Thickening Agents

  • Most thickeners include foods that provide high amounts of calories per gram. Some of these ingredients include full fat milk, heavy cream, coconut cream, cornstarch, bread, cheese, egg yolks, and roux. In small quantities, these ingredients can be part of a healthy lifestyle, but consuming large amounts of these foods can mean that you consume more calories than your body needs.

Sodium Content

  • Other types of soup to pay attention to are instant and canned soups, which are often high in sodium which can lead to high blood pressure.

Good Soup Is a Family Affair

National Soup Month is the perfect time to make new memories with your kids because it’s one meal they won’t struggle to make. Throw anything in it and it’ll still be delicious (well, almost anything). Add all your child’s favorite ingredients in broth, add a few of their favorite seasonings, let it simmer for a bit to deepen the flavor and voilà! 

Make sure you follow our social media pages for a collection of soup recipes we’ve curated to share with you! 

Happy slurping!