Homemade soups can be magical, healing, comforting foods for us, especially homemade chicken noodle soup. Anytime someone is under the weather, feeling chilled to the bone or needing some form of comfort (physical or perhaps emotional) – homemade broth based soup can do the trick! That is the legacy our Grandmothers left us!
Undoubtedly there are many types of soup – some healthy and some not so healthy, depending on the ingredients. For the purposes of this blog, we will focus on the benefits of broth based soups (as opposed to cream based soups), as the broth itself has many health benefits:
- Supports healthy digestion
- Enhances the immune system
- Contains vitamins and minerals that are easily absorbed and utilized by the body
- Bone based broths contain calcium that helps the bone matrix and joints
- Provides healthy hydration, particularly helpful for a person who is ill
- Can promote healthy sweating, helping the body to flush out toxins
The powerful, invisible ingredient
There is an invisible, magic and powerful ingredient in homemade broth based soups – TLC or ‘tender love and care’. Homemade broth based soups require two things beyond the physical ingredients: some planning and taking the time to make the soup. It takes time and planning to boil beef or poultry bones or vegetables to make stock. Taking the time and effort sets the positive intention for love, care, health and wellbeing. It isn’t an ingredient that you can see or touch, but it’s there!
Why make homemade soup?
Aside from the invisible ingredient mentioned above, here are five great reasons:
- You have complete control over what ingredients go into the soup, including spicing and the amount of salt. There are no preservatives or additives in homemade soup (unless you consciously add them).
- You can use a variety of whole, unprocessed foods for maximum nutritional value.
- You can cater to your own needs and your family’s dietary needs such as gluten free, low sodium, high fiber, dairy free, low fat, etc. This can include making a soup vegan or vegetarian.
- You can make your own soup broths to use as the base, a much healthier alternative than purchased broths. Beef and poultry bones can be boiled, strained and much of the fat skimmed off to give you a healthy broth which contains lot lots of calcium and other minerals. You can also use nutritious vegetable water that you have saved from cooking vegetables like turnip or potatoes.
- Large batches of soup can be frozen in smaller quantities, which can be quick meals on days that you are rushed for time – much healthier than opening a can of soup!
Homemade soups are great any time of the year, but especially in the fall, winter and early spring when the weather is very changeable. When you make your own broth and soup, you can tailor the soup to your wants and needs of the moment – an exceptional way to enhance your health!
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