EatInEatOut WINTER 2016 - Page 13

With winter’s bone-chilling temperatures, there’s nothing like a steaming bowl of soup to warm and nourish you. It’s almost like getting a much-needed hug. Broth-based soups are a great way to help you lose weight and keep it off. Research has shown that having soup before a meal or as your main meal helps you eat less. Here are some must-have ingredients to give your soup an extra boost of nutrition in each and every spoonful! 1. Homemade chicken or vegetable stock Store-bought soup stock and bouillon cubes are loaded with salt and don’t offer much in terms of nutrition. Save money, reduce food waste and control what’s in your food by making your own soup stock. All it takes is putting vegetable scraps and/or chicken bones in a pot, covering with water and letting them simmer for at least an hour. You can add your own herbs and spices and limit the amount of salt you use. As an added bonus, the water-soluble vitamins and minerals in the vegetables will infuse into your stock for even more health benefits. For example, homemade vegetable stock is rich in potassium, which helps keep your blood pressure in check Chicken stock contains a type of protein called gelatin. Gelatin helps with healthy digestion and may help lower inflammation, a common culprit in inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Mom was right – chicken soup is good for body and soul! 2. Mushrooms Mushrooms contain starches called betaglucans. Beta-glucans are believed to stimulate the immune system and activate cancer-fighting cells in the body. Try adding some dried or fresh mushrooms to your stock to boost both the flavour and health benefits. WWW.EATINEATOUT.CA 13