Today is the last post in our monthly series “Soup Beautiful Soup”. If you are diabetic, paleo, or just want to cut down on carbs we have covered a lot of ground in this on-line soup making workshop. You have learned about how to make healthy soups fast with our post how to use a pressure cooker, and creating your own soup stock from scratch with easy vegan soup stock. In the recipe realm we have the easy to use and adaptable low carb black bean soup and the idea that if we are really busy and can’t do a made-from-scratch soup, we can use a healthy ready made soup with a delicious five minute add on like wlld mushroom sofrito- soup add on. We have even talked about how to feel about soup with yesterday’s soup beautiful soup- well said post.
A soup book for your soup toolbox
Since we are talking about soup, I wanted to give you a resource that can amp up your soup knowledge and lifehack file. I recently came across a lady who specializes in soup. She is Rachel Beller, a Los Angeles based dietetics nutritionist. Her informative book, “Power Souping” has great tips, whole food recipes and useful ideas about using soup for success with your whole life eating regime.
Fiber- the silver bullet
The thesis of this book is that the current juice craze- juicing for health and weight loss, presents an incomplete nutritional picture. Fiber, a crucial element for stomach and colon health, has been eliminated in the juicing process. She, like me, feels that consuming whole foods is of great dietary benefit. The added advantage of using soup for health is that when it is blended it is easier for the body to digest. Like juicing, soup is convenient (the easy serving size), delicious, satisfying, and presents the body with the easily assimilated nutrients it needs.
Food Autopsies- Uncovering the truth
I loved that she did “Food autopsies”- unveiling foods that are salt laden, loaded with fat and have heavily processed proteins and carbohydrates. Her recipes are mostly vegan, but there are a few that are made with dairy or chicken. These can easily be adapted for a vegan diet.
Smoothie Soups? So Yum!
There are many great recipes, included a wide range of smoothie bowls. This easy to use and fun breakfast item means layering a blended smoothie with other breakfast ingredients, such as cut fruit, nuts, supplement powders and nut mylks.
“Power Souping” presents good nutritional information: per serving calorie count for individual ingredients, protein levels, and tips on how to make better eating choices. Now you have all the facts on why raw walnuts will beat sugary granola in the nutritional race to top off your smoothie bowl. Speaking of smoothie bowls, Rachel Beller’s “Inner Child-Peanut Butter and Jelly” bowl is calling to me from my kitchen right now, I can not resist!
Food, Community, Sharing the laughs!
Thanks for participating in our “Soup Beautiful Soup” series in the month of January. Remember that I want a spoonful! If you make any recipes from L.S. Livewell tag us on instagram with @l.s.Livewell, #lslivewell, #livingwellisbest, or #soupbeautifulsoup. Check us out next week for next month’s on-line workshop about “Healing Elyxirs”. Living well is best!
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