I have been making homemade soup for a few years now - each batch turns out slightly different, but the process is the same! Take a mixture of any veggies you have in your fridge and roast them with a bit of olive oil and seasoning. Add to a stewing pot with 2 cans of tomatoes, cook for a bit, throw in blender and done! Very healthy and great way to get your veggies each day :)
I have been making my own soup for about a year. It enables me to control what goes into it and that helps me stay on track. I have a five quart crock pot and I use it almost every Sunday for some kind of soup or stew, especially in the winter.
I make it and then I portion into these soup and salad bowls and freeze them.
I Love to eat soups ! I especially Love to make my own. I make a big pot of soup with all of my favorite ingredients & then it lasts for several meals. That makes soup even more economical & a great time saver !
My darling mother is a Weight Watchers Lifetime Member. She buys the Progresso Light soups. My entire family enjoys those, especially my darling father, who eats them for supper practically every night. He adds rice and reduced fat turkey sausage to the gumbo soup to make it heartier.
I love them, but I prefer making my own soups when I can.
I made some dairy free chowder over New Years so I know that almost all of them can be improved and made healthier if prepared from scratch at home. I cook lots of different soups & stews - it's my favorite way to get more veggies into my diet any time of year but especially now. I use a salt substitute, too which adds flavor but cuts the sodium. And if fat is needed, using olive oil is better than animal fat. Then I make sure there is plenty of fiber. You just can't beat soup for a healthy lifestyle whether "dieting" or not.
Ok, I started my diet last February and I still eat lots of soup and I have lost almost 50 lbs. I didn't see Progresso on that list but that's what I buy. Especially the Progresso light. Some of them are 200 or less for the whole can. I am not watching my sodium intake though. Anytime of the year my family does a soup/salad/sandwich meal for lunch or dinner, you just watch the portion sizes. Half a can is actually 1 serving.
250 calories per serving is too much for my Eating Plan! 250k for 2+ cups of soup is my goal when buying ready-made or making soup.
Of course, the soups we make ourselves generally are more healthy and satisfy our tastebuds better. I make 10-12 cups at a time and freeze the rest for another meal. This is wonderful for those nights when you just don't want to cook!
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