Autumn is here, with autumn brings the cooler weather. What a perfect time to start eating warm and hearty meals?
Soups are a wonderful addition to any meal. They are a great choice as an appetizer because they are filling. Soups have a very high water content which leaves you feeling full and less likely to over eat during the main course. If you are trying to lose weight steer clear of creamy soups and grab a broth based soup. Soups prepared with cream are high in calories therefore, a broth based soup is a lower calorie alternative. Additionally, soups offer a tasty way to eat more veggies, whole grain pasta, brown rice and beans. These high fiber foods help make you feel full and are often lacking in the American diet. Soups can also be served as a main course- just add a side salad and/or slice of whole grain bread!
Stews are generally a hearty version of a soup. They are designed to be a main course and usually contain meat or protein rich foods in addition the items listed above. Stews can be very easy to prepare with a slower cooker or crook pot. Simply add all the ingredients and let it simmer for hours and viola your meal is done!
Whether you are buying or preparing soups & stews be mindful they can be high in salt or sodium. Choose low or reduced sodium soups, stews and broths.