It’s that time of year where the weather is getting warmer and I start feeling the vibe of summer. Outdoors, picnics, beaches, BBQs, swimming! I love summer foods too – berries, stone fruit, tomatoes, salads, BBQ food, soup. Wait a minute, did I just say soup??
Yes, soup! I eat it year-round. For me soup is an any-time-of-the-day, any-time-of-the-year food. It’s a food group in it’s own right! It should be part of the dietary guidelines: Soup – eat one or more servings daily!
But seriously, why do I eat soup year-round, even on hot summer days? I had a good think about it, and here are my top 10 reasons to eat soup year-around:
1) It is a good way to make sure I’m getting plenty of broth in my diet. I mainly get broth through soups. If I stop eating soup in summer, I’m not getting any broth!
2) Easy to digest and good for digestive healing. Soups are very easy to digest, even for those with weaker digestive systems. In particular, soups made from a homemade bone broth are very easy to digest and are extremely healing to the digestive tract. The nutrients in soup are very easy for the body to absorb and assimilate.
3) Frugal – a large pot of soup is a very affordable way to feed a family or a group of people. Soup stretches a little meat a long way, particularly when a good homemade bone broth is used as the base of the soup. Alternatively, beans and legumes also work very well in soups, and offer an alternative and cheaper form of protein. Even though beans and legumes are not complete forms of protein on their own, when combined with a good homemade bone broth, the protein becomes more easily utilized by the body.
4) Easy to make! Soup is easy to make and difficult to stuff up! It is a complete one-pot meal with minimal effort and minimal clean up – simply chop up all ingredients and throw them into a large pot (or slow cooker) and let it simmer away until it’s cooked. Other than checking on the soup and giving it a stir periodically it doesn’t need much attention. Then come clean up time, there’s only one pot to clean!
5) Good for bulk cooking and freezing. Cook a large batch of soup, eat what you want, then freeze the remainder in serving-size portions.
6) Quick and easy meal for any time of the day. Simply heat and eat! Soup is also an easy lunch to take to the office – either hot in a thermos, or cold if you have a way to reheat it at work.
7) Great way to eat more seasonal vegetables. I eat a lot more vegetables when I eat soup, mostly because of convenience (all I have to do is reheat). Also, some vegetables which taste a little bland and boring when steamed can take on a whole new life when added to soup, especially a spiced/curry-style soup.
8)) Good for when you’re feeling sick. Soup is still the best food hands down when you’re sick or feel like you’re coming down with something….and who can say they’ve never got sick in summer?
9) Keeps you cool – if you subscribe to the “eating something hot and/or spicy-hot helps you to keep cool via perspiration” theory.
10) Tastes good! Soups taste delicious, and when homemade stock is used as a base, the soup has a wonderful depth of flavor and richness to it. Not to mention there is endless variety to the flavors that can be created depending on the ingredients and seasonings used.
Of course, the type of soups you make and eat in summer will probably be different to the type of soups you eat in winter, due to the produce that is available in season, and the cooking methods used.
Winter soups – warming, hearty, heavier, slower cooking
Summer soups – lighter, cooling, cleansing, quick cooking. Summer soups may be eaten chilled (as in gazpacho-style soups) or may even be fruity!
Below are a selection of summer soups that utilize the bounty of summer:
Cold soups/fruity soups…
For more soup inspiration there is also a great article in the Spring 2012 volume of Wise Traditions (the quarterly magazine from the Weston A. Price Foundation) called Soup-stenance by Jen Allbrittin, CN
Do you like to eat soup all year round?
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