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Super Healthy Soups

How to Make a Healthy Selection
  -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian
Take stock the next time you walk through the soup aisle at your local grocery store. Soup can be good and healthy food. It can be a tasty way to add healthy beans, legumes, grains and vegetables to your diet. It's a convenient, yet inexpensive way to add protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber to your diet. And soup is both comforting and filling—a hot, savory bowl can help take the chill out of the fall and winter seasons. Want more reasons to ladle up? <pagebreak>
But beware! Canned soups can be loaded with sodium and fat. But you can make healthy choices in the soup aisle by going straight for the nutrition label. Pay attention to serving size, as many cans contain two or more servings. Look for soups with the following nutrient levels per 1-cup serving: In addition to these guidelines, you can boost the nutrition, flavor and filling power of your soup with the following additions: The following list contains some popular soups (in alphabetical order) that fit the recommendations above. These brands and varieties are available at your local grocery store or online. This product information may change, however, so always check nutrition labels before you buy. <pagebreak>

Healthy Canned Soups (Nutrition Information per 1-cup serving) 
Soup Brand and Variety Calories Fat (g) Protein (g) Fiber (g) Sodium (mg) Carbs
(g)
Amy’s, Organic Summer Corn & Vegetable 150 3 4 2 560 23
Amy’s, Butternut Squash 100 2 2 2 290 20
Amy’s, Minestrone 90 1.5 3 3 580 17
Amy’s, Chunky Tomato Bisque 130 3.5 3 3 340 21
Amy’s, Vegetable Barley 70 1 2 3 580 13
Campbell ’s Healthy Request, Beef with Country Vegetables 110 1.5 6 3 410 17
Campbell ’s Healthy Request, Chunky Chicken Noodle 110 2.5 7 2 410 14
Campbell ’s Healthy Request, Chunky Chicken/Sausage Gumbo 140 3 6 3 410 22
Campbell ’s Healthy Request, Chunky New England Clam Chowder 130 3 5 2 410 20
Campbell ’s Healthy Request, Chunky Old Fashioned Vegetable Beef 120 2.5 6 3 410 19
Campbell ’s Healthy Request, Chunky Vegetable 110 1 3 4 410 23
Healthy Choice, Bean and Ham 180 2.5 11 6 480 28
Healthy Choice, Chicken Dumpling 150 3 8 3 480 22
Healthy Choice, Chicken with Rice 110 2 6 2 390 17
Healthy Choice, Chicken Tortilla 140 1.5 9 6 390 23
Healthy Choice,  Country Vegetable 100 0 4 4 480 19
Healthy Choice, Garden Vegetable 130 0.5 5 4 450 24
Healthy Choice, Hearty Chicken 130 2 8 3 480 18
Healthy Choice, New England Clam 110 1.5 4 3 480 20
Healthy Choice, Chicken Noodle 90 1 8 1 390 12
Healthy Choice, Split Pea and Ham 160 2.5 12 6 470 27
Healthy Choice, Vegetable Beef 130 1.5 9 4 420 21
Healthy Choice, Zesty Gumbo 100 2 5 2 460 15
Pacific Organic, Vegetable Lentil 150 .5 8 7 490 27
Pacific Organic, Chicken Noodle 90 1.5 5 1 460 12
Progresso Heart Healthy, Creole Style Chicken Gumbo 110 2 7 4 480 18
Progresso Heart Healthy, Roasted Chicken Noodle 90 2 6 1 480 13
Progresso Heart Healthy, Savory Chicken and Wild Rice 120 2 6 1 470 20
Progresso Heart Healthy, Tomato with Parmesan 90 1 3 3 480 18
Progresso Reduced Sodium, Italian-Style Wedding 110 3 6 4 480 18
Progresso Light, Beef Pot Roast 80 2 7 2 490 10
Progresso Light, Homestyle Vegetable & Rice 60 0 2 4 470 14
Progresso Light, Italian Style Meatball 80 2 3 2 480 13
Progresso Light, Roasted Chicken & Vegetable 70 1 5 2 440 10
Progresso Light, Savory Vegetable Barley 60 0 2 4 480 14
Progresso Light, Zesty Santa Fe Style Chicken 80 1 5 2 460 12
Progresso Light, Zesty Southwestern-Style Vegetable 60 1 3 4 470 12
 
 
Healthy Soups Cups and Microwavable Soup Bowls (Nutrition Information per 1-cup serving) 
Soup Brand and Variety Calories  Fat (g) Protein (g) Fiber (g) Sodium (mg) Carbs
(g)
Campbell ’s Chunky Healthy Request, Chicken Noodle  110 2.5 7 2 410 14
Campbell ’s Chunky Healthy Request Chicken/Sausage Gumbo  130 3 7 2 410
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Campbell ’s Healthy Request, Italian-Style Wedding  100 2.5 6 2 410 13
Campbell ’s 100% Natural, Mexican-Style Chicken Tortilla  130  2.5 7  3 410 19
Campbell's Healthy Request, Classic Tomato 120 0 3 2 410 17
Healthy Choice, Chicken Noodle 90 1 8  1 390 12
Healthy Choice, Beef Pot Roast  100  1  6 3 430 18
Healthy Choice, Chicken with Rice 90  2 6 1 390 13
Healthy Choice, Country Vegetable  100  0 4 4 480 20
Healthy Choice, Mediterranean Style Chicken with Orzo 90 1.5 7 2 390 11