The weather has changed quickly where I am living. It’s like September 1st hit and bam, the cold is here. Yesterday was especially chilly that I wore 2 pairs of pants, a jacket and mittens to walk my pup Riah. With colder weather I tend to enjoy warmer foods and beverages to help take the shivers away…I hate the feeling of being cold and drinking something like a cold smoothie that just adds to my internal fridgedness. Yesterday I made my favourite soup!
Soup is a perfect example of a comforting food that warms you from the inside out. It’s also a great option to get a lot of nutrients in through a convenient one dish meal in place of that juice you may find refreshing during the summer (once you did all the work to prepare the soup that is 🙂 it can take some time at first!). Quick note, juice is not a meal! Comment below if you’d like me to expand on this note and how you can healthfully include cold pressed juices into a balanced diet.
Now that fall is upon us and winter is coming up quick, reach for a warm bowl of homemade soup to nourish your body with nutrients for optimal health and beauty. Here of 4 reasons to swap the juice for soup this fall.
Fibre is a part of plants that our bodies can’t digest. Fibre helps you control your blood sugars (avoid spikes), manage your blood pressure, decrease cholesterol, increase satiety, control weight and keep your digestive system healthy. Fibre is also important in the body’s detoxification process and proper elimination. Soup has fibre, juices do not. The fibre is removed when fruits and vegetables are juiced which can lead to blood sugar spikes due to the quickly absorbed sugars from the juice. The fibre also makes soups more filling than juices, important for keeping cravings away.
Balance of Nutrients
Soups can contain a variety of important nutrients needed for a long healthy life including proteins and healthy fats which may be lacking in most juices. Juices can be high in a lot of vitamins and minerals but are often unbalanced when it comes to our macronutrients – Carbs, Proteins and Fats.
I admit I have bought myself a $10 juice here and there – yes there is a lot of healthy ingredients that go into making that one bottle but that cost is not affordable for a lot of people and lately isn’t fitting into my budget either! Whereas soup you can pretty much make from scraps you find in your fridge (if they haven’t gone rotten). Soup does take time to make initially with all the cleaning and chopping of veggies, time needed for simmering, making your own broth and even more time needed to make from bones; but it’s all worth it, being able to make a large pot you can feed a family or freeze for quick convenient meals at a fraction of the price that one juice can cost you.
Texture may not be something that you might think about missing, but if you had to live off fluids I’m sure you’d start to crave textures that add enjoyment to eating. I have people tell me they just crave the “crunch.” With soup you can get a variety of textures with ingredients so you can sip and chew. Chewing plays a role in digestion and weight management which is a component that is lacking from a purely juicing diet.
I’m not hating on juices, there can definitely be a place for cold pressed juice within a healthy balanced diet, but like I mentioned above, juice isn’t a meal, whereas soup can be! However, like anything else there are ways soups can be less healthy too, for example, it may be high in sodium (salt) or saturated fats (cream soups). Instead of buying prepackaged and canned soups, opt to make your own. This way you can limit the salt and saturated fats and, instead, flavour with whole fresh ingredients including herbs and spices that provide added health and beauty benefits.
My favourite soup to make is tomato. Luckily for me, with the gardens being harvested, we have an abundance of fresh juicy tomatoes! I’d love to here your thoughts in the comment section below, or share what your favourite soup is!
Have a beautiful day!