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In this article we will explore what soup is good for and why along with considerations of different kinds of healthy soup recipes and the benefits of home brewing. The Trouble With Canned Soup When you consider all of the mass-produced over-processed packaged food you can find on supermarket shelves today it might seem like overkill to put a similar blame on canned soup. Surely soup is still good even when canned. Well although canned soup is hardly the worthless junk found in many plastic or metal containers it is still not as good for you as when made from home ingredients. The canning process and the excessive additives and preservatives used can sap much of what is great about soup out of its recipe and leave you with a relatively unhealthy brew. Home-Brewing Gathering the ingredients yourself and putting together your own soup recipes is certainly bound to be healthier than buying pre-made soup off the shelf and you will almost certainly find that it does not really take much more effort.
The French classifications of clear soups include bouillon and consommé. Thick soups are classified by their thickening agents. Purées are vegetable soups thickened with starch. Bisques are made from puréed shellfish or vegetables thickened with cream. Cream soups use a béchamel sauce for thickening. Veloutés are thickened with butter cream and eggs. Soups can also be thickened with rice flour grains lentils mashed potatoes or puréed carrots. In addition to being delicious soups are also generally quite healthy. You do have to be careful about the sodium level in processed soups. Many manufacturers now offer lower salt level options. Salt caution aside soups offer a filling meal often rich in vegetables (increasing fiber intake) and a high liquid level (perfect for keeping hydrated).
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Try a tablespoon of an Italian mix or teaspoon each of basil and oregano and a quarter teaspoon of pepper (hot red or black as you prefer). Add a teaspoon of "Kitchen Bouquet" if you wish for extra flavor and a rich color. Stir in a teaspoon of "Better Than Bouillon" or salt. Bring to a rolling boil lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure the noodles do not stick to the bottom. The flavors will meld beautifully. Serve soup with a carbohydrate. I like to switch between corn bread fresh bread toast and crackers. Add a serving of cheese peanut butter or tuna fish. Finish your meal with a piece of fresh fruit or a serving of canned fruit. Eat a soup meal every day. You will find your food dollar goes further and you will also notice improvements in your overall health. "Like what?" you ask. Hydration. Hydration levels are improved because of the high amount of water in soup. Hydration affects how your body functions.