When you're searching for something to accompany a meal, I have a healthy suggestion: Bypass the white flour rolls, trans fat crackers and microwave French fries and head to the soup aisle. Studies show that by sipping soup, you can reduce the amount of calories you consume while satisfying your hunger. And by choosing broth (skip the cream-based soups, noodle-packed broths or soups made with cheese), you can naturally hydrate your body and boost your protein intake, thereby boosting your metabolism. Most broths have just 10 to 20 calories per cup, making them ideal for whittling your waistline the healthy way!
In addition, when you or a family member aren't feeling well, sipping chicken broth can help to provide fluids and, according to studies, even help with recovery from a cold or sore throat. Sound like a winning game plan? I tested a variety of organic as well as MSG-free broths to come up with the following winners:
- College Inn Culinary Broth White Wine and Herb (click here to order) contains no MSG, which for some of us is critical to avoiding headaches and other concerns. This particular blend is fabulous for mixing into brown rice, because the thyme, oregano and rosemary enhance the flavor without adding fat.
- Studies show that reducing your sodium intake can help prevent high blood pressure. Achieve that goal with delicious Pacific Natural Foods Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth (click here to buy now), which is ideal for mixing with steamed vegetables.
- You don't have to be a vegetarian to fall in love with Imagine Soup Vegetable Broth, which is organic, low sodium, fat-free and MSG-free (click here to order). And for a handy way to add veggie broth to meals, try Savory Choice Liquid Reduced Sodium Vegetable Broth Concentrate (click here for details).