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Better Nutrition With Homemade Soup

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Better Nutrition With Homemade Soup

  Many of my clients tell me how much they like having soup for lunch in the colder months, but most of the time, they name off various brands of soups bought at the store. Don’t get me wrong: many commercial soups are great options for the calorie conscious. The problem with canned soups, of course, is the sodium content. Some products have an excess of 1,000 mg of sodium per serving. To my way of thinking, this is far too much salt for one simple food item. So while it’s easy to turn to grocery store shelves for your lunchtime soup, consider making your own soup.   The beauty of homemade soup is that you can literally take any basic soup recipe and modify it based on ingredients you have on hand. You can make adjustments and get the sodium content reduced without foregoing good taste. Most soups start with a stock, broth, or a vegetable base. You can make your own stock if you have the time, but starting with a ready made broth can cut down on preparation time. If you buy ready made soup broth, I recommend that you read the labels carefully. Regular broth will make your homemade version of soup just as high in sodium as canned soup. The low sodium versions of broth have sodium too! I found that most of the “low sodium” brands of broth had close to 500 mg. sodium per serving. This is still too much if you are sodium conscious. I found several organic low sodium stocks with just 140 mg. per serving, so it pays to look around.   If you want to try making homemade soup for your lunches, here’s an idea: make one batch pot of a different soup every week. Keep enough of the soup on hand for one or two meals, and then freeze the rest in smaller containers, preferably 1-2 portion containers. If you make a different kind of soup each week, you will soon have a “selection”of different soups in your freezer that you can choose from for a quick lunch or dinner meal. Take a single serving of frozen soup to work and you’ll have a nice healthful meal ready to heat up.   Here is my favorite vegetable soup recipe:   Vegetable Barley Soup   2 Tb. olive oil   1 cup chopped onion   1 cup diced carrots   12 oz. fresh mushrooms chopped   1/2 cup barley (use pearl or hulless barley)   6 cups low sodium beef, chicken or vegetable broth   1/2 tsp coarse salt   2-3 cups chopped spinach, kale or Swiss chard   Heat oil in large pot and sauté onions and carrots until tender. Add mushrooms and cook for another 2 minutes. Add barley, low sodium broth and salt. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to simmer until barley is done. (Pearl barley takes about 40 minutes; hulless barley takes about 60 minutes to cook). Add chopped greens and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Serves 6.   © 2013 Gretchen Scalpi. All rights reserved. You are free to reprint/republish this article as long as the article and byline are kept intact and all links are made live. Gretchen Scalpi is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and Certified...

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Sound Advice On How To Stay Young

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Sound Advice On How To Stay Young

Many people are fearful about growing older, but aging does not have to be a bad thing, if you recognize the right approaches to keep healthy as you grow older. Like with any kind of health topic, you need to be educated about what you can do to prevent signs and symptoms of aging. This article contains a number of tips about aging that may help you look and feel more youthful.As with so many areas of life, the secrets of staying young, and aging well, have to do with taking care of yourself. Eat right, drink plenty of water, get 8 hours of sleep each night and maintain a healthy social life. All of these things have been shown to reduce the appearance of aging, as well as keeping you healthier and happier. Mental Exercise Mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise when it comes to keeping your mind fit as you age. For that reason, challenging your mind every day is crucial to keeping it fresh and alert. The quickest and easiest way to do this is simply to try a new version of something you already know and like as often as possible. That could mean cooking a new recipe every night or simply doing a new crossword every morning. Skincare It is important to treat yourself as often as possible to improve the way that you feel and gain more confidence. The next time you have off, go to the local spa near you and get a facial. This will help to exfoliate the surface of your skin, so that you can look your best and instill a warm glow to your complexion. Prepare your aging skin before applying makeup, for a more youthful appearance. As skin ages, it loses the ability to retain moisture. Your skin prep routine needs to take as much time as your make up. Try using a moisturizing mask to re-hydrate your skin for 15 minutes, then apply moisturizer to lock in hydration. Your makeup will now glide on and look beautiful. Stay Fit The older you get the more difficult it will become for you to find and maintain a job. This is for two reasons, first there is a general fear of hiring people who are elderly, but secondly it will actually become more difficult for you to maintain the same level of energy you need for the jobs. So, it is important to stay fit, and to keep up to date with changes in your area of interest or expertise. Technology Not only will learning about computers help your mind stay nimble, but it can open a whole new world for you. Aging doesn’t mean that you have to live in the good old days forever, so ask your friends or family to teach you how to use a word processor to create greeting cards, or how to upload photos to Flickr! Having a positive outlook on life can give anyone a more youthful vibe and appearance. This article has given a lot of great ways to keep yourself in check when it comes to your age, and also how to be the best that you can be no matter what the number. I really hope all these recommendations will help you stay healthy and...

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