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How To Make Packaged Soups Healthy?

Posted on: October 22, 2008

I really relish having a bowl of piping hot soup on a wintery evening. The reason I love soups is for the fact that they are filling and healthy. The idea of chopping up brightly coloured veggies for the preparation makes me relaxed. However sometimes being time pressed I indulge in buying packaged soups from the market. The problem with these soups are the high calories and the high sodium content these packets offer .This makes them a not so very healthy option.However the good part with packaged soups is the flavour and the essence of the ingredients ,which triggers your taste buds. So I came up with an idea to make these soups a wholesome low calorie treat.

 All you need is your choice of finely chopped vegetables( carrots, beans, peas, spinach, corn..any vegetable you like) and about half a teaspoon of butter. Sauté chopped veggies in butter and add a little water to half cook the vegetables. Once the veggies are done add about one and a half cups of water to it and let it boil. Now take about 2 tablespoon of the soup powder (any brand) and add to the water.Let it cook for a few minutes and your healthy soup is ready.

 The benefit with this method is that you are diluting the soup making it low in calories and sodium. Also adding the vegetables makes it more healthy and wholesome.

 Tip: There is no need to add any salt to the soup as there is already sufficient amount ofsodium present. You can flavour your soup with herbs like oregano or thyme. You can also add garlic or ginger for a more pungent taste if you like. To make the soup a complete meal add about half a cup of pasta or a handful of noodles to the prepared soup.

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