Originally Posted by BeckyBoo19
I used to eat a lot of those styrofoam soup in a cup lunches but I recently heard they're bad for you. Is soup from a can bad too? Awhile back I read a study on how eating only soup can really help lose weight, although I know it wouldn't be something you'd do for the rest of your life. But is soup once a day okay?
Hi Becky! I'm new to this forum, but I think I have some helpful to share on this topic.
Have you considered making your own soup? Ready to eat soups, even ones that are advertised as healthy, are extremely high in sodium. It's especially bad if you have high blood pressure or are sensitive to salt, but it's unhealthy for you even if you don't have those things. Lots of salt can cause dehydration which is bad on so many levels. Blah blah...you get my drift, right?
Soup is one of those foods that really help me stay focused and get my miniumum of 5 veggie servings in each day. However, when I figured out that ready-to-eat soups were so high in sodium I knew I had to find an alternative.
So, I found some simple, quick and easy soup recipes. I make a big batch so it lasts me all week. Sometimes I freeze some if I know I won't have time to make more before I run out. Here's one of my favorite recipes:
1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes
4 cups water, veggie or chicken stock (be sure to get the kind with very low sodium or make your own if you have the time- you can always add salt to your finished soup if you want to...but it's important, I think, that you be in control of how much salt goes in)
1 cup chopped onion (you can also buy these frozen to save time etc)
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup peeled, chopped carrots
3 garlic cloves, minced or 1- 2 tsp jarred minced garlic
1 cup green beans (fresh or frozen)
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried dill
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 T low sodium soy sauce
1 T cider vinegar
Heat up the broth in a big soup pot. Add the veggies, in order, chopping as you go. Stir in the tomatoes, soy sauce, vinegar, and herbs. Simmer for 15 minutes or until veggies are tender. Add salt to taste.
If you'd like you can substitue or add in some of these non-starchy veggies:
Hope that helps! Good luck, fellow soup lover!