Don’t Juice. Just Soup.

Curling up with a hot bowl of soup on a cold January night is the perfect comfort food. But what about during those grueling, humid days of summer? Hot soup does not sound appealing when just looking at the sun causes you to sweat. Try, like so many others, opting for a cold soup to fill you up.

Juice or Soup?
“The nice thing about soup is it’s real food. It’s satisfying,” explains Nicole Centeno, CEO and founder of the Brooklyn-based Splendid Spoon. “No one should be drinking fiber-free juices all day.”

Yes, having a tasty juice can be rewarding during those summer months, but what isn’t rewarding is being hungry just twenty minutes later. Juices also almost always eliminate the most nutritious and fiber loaded part of a fruit, the pulp. Juices are filled with sugar, even with the “green juices,” because the vegetables are matched with sweeter fruits.

How does cold soup outshine juices?
The cold soup trend allows you to drink on the go with all of the veggies and fiber you need to keep you full and happy, with low calories. One benefit of cold soups are the ingredients are likely not cooked, or cooked lightly. When the ingredients aren’t boiling, they maintain more of their nutrition. Also, along with drinking your weight in water, soups will help replenish and rehydrate you.

Are all soups good for you?
When looking for soup to eat cold, don’t go for the cream based. A bubbling, cheesy top layer sounds like heaven but trying a veggie or broth based will give you immensely better health and weight loss benefits.

Although there are many tasty soup recipes on the internet, this is one of the best for your next lunch break:

Sauté some flavorful veggies (about 10 peeled carrots or two heads of cauliflower along with a quarter of a sweet potato, one chopped shallot, one chopped clove of garlic, and a tablespoon of chopped peeled ginger) until soft.

Chill in the fridge for at least two hours.

Puree in a blender with a liquid (a cup of chicken or vegetable stock and/or a half cup of light coconut milk), and a handful of raw greens if you like.
Add salt and pepper to taste, and sprinkle in some summer spices like cumin or chili powder.

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