5 Reasons Why Souping is the New Juicing
You girls know that picking up a green juice is on of our favorite ways to beat that mid-afternoon slump. But lately we’ve been opting for a soup instead. “Souping” is a buzzy health trend that improves digestion and aids in weight loss. We’re big fans because, unlike juices, soups retain their satisfying and heart-healthy fiber. (Juicers separate out the pulp, which contains a lot of fiber.) We definitely still love a vitamin- and mineral-packed juice, but soup is a great option to add into you weekly routine. And on a chilly day, there’s nothing better than curling up under a blanket and warming up with a big bowl! Read on for more reasons you’ll be bowled over!
Keeps snack attacks at bay
Soup is packed with fiber, which slows down digestion and makes you feel satisfied longer. Buh-bye, mid-afternoon chocolate cravings!
Boosts your antioxidant intake
Most soups are cooked, which can increase absorption of certain nutrients, such as the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is most commonly found in tomatoes and is hard for your body to access unless cooked. Once you make a tomato sauce or warm tomato-based soup, the lycopene is released and your bod can take advantage of the anti-inflammatory and heart healthy perks!
Assists with weight loss
Soups retain their fiber, which is crucial for weight loss and hitting your fit goals. A review study found that when people added 14 grams of fiber to their day, they naturally decreased their calorie intake by 10%!
Lowers cancer risk
Healthy bacteria in your colon uses fiber to create a variety of short chain fatty acids, like butyrate. Butyrate is a superhero when it comes to decreasing your risk of colon cancer. One study found that butyrate uses two different strategies to decrease cancer cells from multiplying in your colon. Pour us up a bowl, please!
Easy on that bank account
Whipping together a big batch of soup for the week is super simple and easy on your wallet, too. Most soups are made of inexpensive ingredients like veggies, lentils, and broth. You can even use your crock pot, which makes throwing together soup a total breeze! We love to make a big batch on Sunday for the entire week.
Try ’em out!
Adding soup to your normal routine is easy, cheap, and totally Tone It Up Nutrition Plan approved! If you want to get the full benefits of souping, make sure to fully blend your soups until smooth. This will give your digestive tract a lil’ break while still delivering the nutrient perks. Wanna try it out? Add THIS cauliflower soup to your day as a mid-afternoon snack or blend up THIS fall veggie stew as your lunch or dinner! We also have a ridiculously tasty and protein-packed Red Lentil Butternut Squash Soup recipe from the Tone It Up Challenge Meal Plan!
Happy souping!! ;)