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January is National Soup Month so made some homemade soup for your health, wallet and waistline. emoticon

How to do it
Look at the SparkPeople recipes for new healthy soups to try or use one of your tried and true soup recipes with lots of fresh veggies.

You can use up leftovers in a soup pot and create new variations of favorite recipes, since soup lends itself to experimentation. You can throw a variety of ingredients into a slow cooker in the morning before you leave for work or school and return home to a delicious meal in the evening.

Why it matters - Why is Chicken soup so healthy?
An amino acid released from chicken during cooking chemically resembles the drug acetylcysteine, prescribed for bronchitis and other respiratory problems. Onion has anti-inflammatory properties that help sore throats and help stop the movement of neutrophils (white blood cells that encourage the flow of mucus that accumulates in the lungs and nose).
Steam is a real benefit. Sipping the hot soup and breathing in the steam helps clear up congestion. This can also be said for many hot soups. Spices that are often added to chicken soup, such as garlic and pepper (all ancient treatments for respiratory diseases), work the same way as modern cough medicines, thinning mucus and making breathing easier.
Chicken Soup also puts needed fluids back into the body.

Fun Fact
The word soup is of Sanskrit (Sanskrit is a historical Indo-Aryan language and the primary liturgical language of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.) origin! It is derived from the su and po, which means good nutrition.

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