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Why is soup the BEST?

We investigate why we crave heartier food in the winter, why soup can satisfy cravings and how to make our favourite carrot and coriander soup!

Why do we crave heartier food in winter?

As colder days draw nearer there is a natural craving for warmer, heartier foods. Studies show that we do tend to consume more and have a greater appetite as the temperature drops. If you think it’s because holiday treats are more abundant in winter, you’re only half right. It is generally understood that feeling the cold triggers a self-protection instinct to heat up our bodies quickly, the easiest way of which is to eat carbohydrate rich foods that provide a warming boost. A fantastic way to curb these cravings is to satisfy the cold spikes with soup! To encourage you further we’ve brainstormed some added benefits of soup and a recipe for you to try!

Why are soups good for weight loss?

Ever increasingly there seems to be diets and food items to make weight loss faster and easier. We aren’t suggesting soup is the magic dish we’ve all be waiting for, but it does benefit your weight loss cause for many reasons.

Firstly, soups are more filling. Because of the water content they keep you satiated longer and more immediately. If you’ve ever been advised to drink water before, during and after a meal – soup essentially takes all those steps for you by containing almost a glass of water per bowl. It is because in soup form, foods take up more room in the stomach, which turns off the ‘hungry’ hormone more quickly than a salad or sandwich would.

Secondly, soup is packed with nutrients. Vegetable based soups are an excellent source of necessary soluble fibre, while soups with grains like barley, brown rice and quinoa provide insoluble fibre, both of which are great for a healthy gut and digestion.

Thirdly, we would advise you to steer clear of soups with cream or lots of cheese. Whilst these are usually the most popular soups they contain a higher number of calories and less water. We would recommend broth or tomato based soups like Chicken or Minestrone.

Soup recipe – Carrot and Coriander

Ingredients:

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 white onion chopped

salt and pepper

1 potato chopped (small chunks)

450g carrots, peeled and chopped

1.2 litres vegetable or chicken stock

handful coriander (about ½ a supermarket packet)

Method:

1. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan and add the onion, then fry for 5 mins until softened. Stir in the chopped potato, then cook for 1 min. Add the carrots, stock and salt and pepper (to taste) bring to the boil and reduce the heat.

2. Cover and cook for 20 minutes until the potatoes and carrots are tender when prodded with a fork.

3. Tip whole contents into a food processor with the fresh coriander and blitz until as smooth as you like it.

4. Add back into the pan and heat through. Serve hot!


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