With your busy schedule it can be difficult to eat healthy, especially if you have kids you are running around. Many people find it easier to grab whatever is quickly available, then deal with the health consequences later. With the following tips for soups on the go you’ll learn how to make sure that the food you grab is a little healthier.
The problem with dealing with the consequences of unhealthy eating habits “later” is that there is no later. Later is right now. Sadly, we are a nation of obese adults and just as many, if not more, obese children. Our unhealthy eating choices have caught up with us. You might be asking yourself, “How can I eat healthy when I’m crunched for time already?” I was lucky to get any food at all.
One way is to make foods that can be taken with you on the go. Soups are great for this. It’s tasty, filling, and good for you anytime, but especially great on a cold, rainy day. Soups can be hot or cold. Many of the warm soups are even good eaten cold or lukewarm.
First, choose your favorite soup. A popular choice of many is the infamous chicken noodle soup. Campbell’s has a wonderful soup in a microwave container perfect for eating on the go, but we are going to make our own soup for an even healthier choice.
The one thing that is best about homemade food is that you know what is and is not in it. Since we are concerned with health, preparing your own soup at home is the best way to go. No matter which type of soup you choose to make, be sure to use fresh ingredients. The other items you’ll need are plenty of cups with sealable lids and a blender.
Now it’s time to actually create your time saving soup. A good soup always starts with the stock. For chicken soup, make the chicken stock by boiling the remains of the roast chicken you had for dinner. Add the herbs and seasonings of your choice and boil until the chicken bones come out clean. Any remaining meat will be included in the broth. Once the broth cools completely, ladle it into air-tight containers for storing. I also cool it off in the fridge so I can skim off any fat when it congeals.
If you’re more of a beef and vegetable soup lover, you can use commercial canned broths for the base of your soup. Season the stock really well and boil before adding any other ingredients. Once the stock is ready, all that is left to do is toss in your favorite veggies. Again, wait until the soup is completely cooled before pouring into storage or serving containers.
Now, what about that blender? It’s a bit difficult to eat soup the traditional way while driving and if you are serving to your kids, the combination of a car and soup in a bowl is a disaster waiting to happen. Here’s where the blender comes into the picture.
Pour some of the soup into the blender and blend until the pieces are small enough for you to swallow without choking. You can even puree the soup completely if you’d prefer. For a thicker texture, add a bit of cream soup. Now, your soup is ready for distributing in your to-go cups.
The ideal cup for on the go would be a coffee mug with a lid. These types of cups have a wide opening perfect for drinking soups from. Be sure to prepare enough soup for the entire week. You can take the soup with you while you’re out shopping, working in the garden or to work. Just heat it up in the morning, pour into your mug and close the lid tight so it stays warm.
A cup of soup is packed with healthy nutrients and it won’t mess up the car or cramp your busy lifestyle. The next time you don’t have time to eat, reach for a cup of healthy homemade soup instead of pulling into that fast food drive thru.
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