Why I Eat Soup in Summer!

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:

Cleansing/cooling…

Bieler’s Broth for Spring Cleansing by Holistic Kid

Goodness Green-ness Soup by Dishes and Dishes

Carrot Apple Soup w/ Ginger and Lemon by The Tasty Alternative

Tomato soups…

Homemade Tomato Soup by Jen’s Natural Kitchen

An Easier Tomato Soup by Ruth’s Real Food

A Simple Tomato Soup Recipe by 101 Cookbooks

Zucchini (Courgette)…

Courgette and Pea Soup by Gluten Free SCD and Vege

Courgette, Leek and Asparagus Soup by The Fussiest Eater

Summer Garden Soup by Life Currents

Red Peppers…

Roasted Red Pepper Soup by Peanut Butter, Passports and Epinephrine

Red Pepper and Carrot Soup by Gluten Free SCD and Vege

Roasted Red Pepper Soup by Carolyn’s Recipe Box

Corn…

Creamy Corn Soup w/ Vegetables and Poblano Chile by Kahakai Kitchen

Easy Coconut Corn Soup by MiniMOMist

Tortilla soups…

Tortilla Soup and Salsa Rojo by Mexican Wildflower

La Haceindas Tortilla Soup by Mexican Wildflower

Chicken Tortilla Soup by Savoring Today

Easy Tortilla Soup by Tessa Domestic Diva

Cold soups/fruity soups…

Watermelon Gazpacho by Beyond the Peel

Creamy Melon Gazpacho by Kahakai Kitchen

Pear Apple Soup by Holistic Kid

Beet Borscht by Gluten Free A-Z

Cold Tomato Summer Vegetable Soup by Simply Recipes

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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22 Responses to Why I Eat Soup in Summer!

  1. Thanks so much for highlighting my Chicken Tortilla Soup, I appreciate that very much! I am with you, I could eat soup any time, though I am far more inspired when it is cold outside. That is why I like to make big batches and freeze them so I can still enjoy it during the summer without adding too much addition heat in the house. Have a fabulous week!

    • Debbie says:

      That’s a good strategy! Having soup on hand to simply reheat makes it so easy. You have a great week too!

  2. I’ve been a convert to soup year-round and at any meal since I started the GAPS diet last year. In fact, my first round of the intro part of the diet, which means broth or soup at every meal, took place during July and August of last year!

    One of these days I really should give cold soups a try. For some reason, they don’t seem very appealing to me, but I have never actually tried one!

    • Debbie says:

      I’m the same – I didn’t eat soup nearly as much until I did GAPS, which I don’t do strictly anymore, but the soup habit stuck! I haven’t had much experience with cold soups, but I tried a gazpacho once in Spain, and it was pretty good!

  3. Living in a warm weather climate, I enjoy soups the entire year–regardless of the temperature outside. (Although I do dabble in cold soups in the really warm weather.)

    Thanks for sharing your post with Souper Sundays. ;-)

  4. Gail says:

    I love soup, and with all these good reasons, I think I’ll start eating it more in summer too. When we lived in another state, we attended a church where the pastor’s wife invited the 300 member congregation to come to Sunday dinner every Sunday. All she ask was that they bring a side item because winter and summer she served soup. She told me that the beauty of soup was she could always add some extra liquid if the crowd was large : )

  5. I love soup anytime of year but I would have been hard pressed to come up with this great list! I’d love it if you shared this with us over at Scratch Cookin’ Tuesday.

  6. Diane says:

    That is a great post.I love soup. I am hosting a blog hop and would love you to link up.http://mamaldiane.com/?p=6036 Have a wonderful day Diane

  7. I love soup anytime of the year for all the reasons you listed.

  8. Amber says:

    Oh Debbie, I’m right there with you. I also make soups during the summer. Just LOVE them.

    Thank you so much for featuring my carrot, apple, ginger soup. :-)

    I’m a fan all year long. You have some excellent soup recipes here. Off to check them all out!

    Hugs,
    –Amber

  9. Thank you so much for highlighting my Roasted Red Pepper Soup. I always have bags of roasted peppers in the freezer so I can make it without turning on the oven. I don’t eat soup much in the summer, but I’m definitely going to have to check out some of those fruity soups. All I crave in the summer is cold fruit!

    • Debbie says:

      Yep, cold fruit is so good in summer! Great idea to have bags of the roasted peppers in the freezer, I must try that!

  10. Vicky says:

    Yes! I love soup all year round though I’ve not posted many recipes lately! Hot soup is still a favourite since our Summers tend to be quite chilly in the evenings!

    I really appreciate the features, thank you! Now I’m going to look at some of the others!

  11. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  12. AleaMilham says:

    I am with you, I love soup and eat it year round. I find soup to be a refreshing, light meal during the hot summer months. I can also create soups in my slow cooker and then plug the slow cooker into the plug on the patio and create a complete meal without adding any heat to my kitchen. Thanks for creating a delicious and inspiring list of soup recipes!

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