Soup. It brings back memories of a pot simmering on the back of the stove on a cold winter day. Soup warms us, physically and emotionally. It brings us comfort inside and out.
In addition to instilling a feeling of well-being, nutritionists and researchers also say that soup is really good for us... especially when it's made with old-fashioned ingredients like stock and lots of vegetables. (And we all know that we're supposed to eat more vegetables!)
Soup also provides a "big bang for the buck." Because of its high water content, soup has "low energy density" which means that each gram contains fewer calories than many other foods. For that reason, researchers have determined that soup may also contribute to weight loss.
One potential soup negative: the high salt content in purchased soups, even when they're they're "low-sodium." The best bet: make your own.
To get you started, here's the Best Ever Chicken Dinner and Soup recipe from the Damon house. Contributes to four (4) nutritious meals for 2 people.
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I live on good soup, not on fine words.
Let's just suppose your New Year's resolution was health-related. Maybe you've decided to eat better, exercise more, lower your stress level, stop smoking, and/or... if you're a family caregiver... to take better care of yourself.
According to a U.S. News report, however, 80% of our resolutions fail by the second week in February. The changes create internal stress, and our motivation diminishes. Unless we have an encouraging "coach," we slip back into familiar habits.
The answer: Monday Campaigns, a not-for-profit health coaching program created by a partnership between Columbia, Johns Hopkins, and Syracuse Universities. Research indicates that we view Mondays as a "fresh start" day. Monday is the day that we schedule doctor's appointment. It's also the day that we reboot our personal health habit regarding diet, exercise, and smoking.
Visit the Monday Campaigns page to sign up for weekly newsletters to receive weekly recipes, tips, and resources to help you live healthier... one week at a time. You can follow Caregiver Monday on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Four of the most popular Monday campaigns include
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* "The Day When All Health Break's Loose" is the Monday Campaign's tag line.
The first wealth is health.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
How many of you have broken a New Year's resolution already... or refused to make any because you'll know you will?
If that's the case, here's a new twist on resolutions (inspired by Bruce Rosenstein) that just might make your life a bit more interesting... and be easier to keep.
And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.
- Rainer Maria Rilke