January is National Soup Month, and with a polar vortex bearing down on the United States, soup is a great antidote to all that ails. A piping hot soup does so much more than warm up our bodies on a cold day—it’s a versatile food with myriad health benefits.
1. It helps keep your New Year’s Resolutions on track!
Broth-based soups packed with vegetables are the perfect way to fill up your belly without adding unnecessary calories. A soup like Golden Quinoa and Kale has the perfect combination of fiber from quinoa coupled with kale, a nutrient-dense superfood.
2. Soup is a quick and easy meal and PERFECT for leftovers.
Making a big batch of soup on a Sunday is an easy way to ensure that there is always a hot, healthy option for lunch or dinner throughout a busy workweek. Need a quick snack? Pour some leftover soup in a coffee mug and heat it in the microwave for a drinkable treat.
3. This year’s flu season is intense, and soup can help!
Vegetables have tremendous anti-inflammatory properties and when heated up, a steaming bowl of vegetable soup “can help reduce mucus and facilitates coughing it up. If making a homemade batch of vegetable soup doesn’t fit into your busy schedule, try a FRESH (not canned) soup. Send those sniffles packing!
4. Soup is affordable!
Making a warm, healthy soup doesn’t have to require a big investment. All you need is a quick trip to the grocery store to buy some fresh vegetables and broth to have the necessary ingredients to make a soup to feed your entire family! For a light meal, serve soup like Roasted Tomato Basil with a homemade grilled cheese sandwich, and dinner is done in under 15 minutes!
5. Soup is a terrific way to use leftovers
Got some stock? That is the perfect soup base. Add in some fresh veggies and you’ve got a quick and easy way to use any leftover vegetables and you can even add meat if necessary.