If you live in Santa Cruz, we are experiencing some major down pours (which we need!) and it looks like they are here to stay!
Now I don't know about you, but when the weather is like this all I want to do is stay at home and indulge in comfort foods! But being sedentary and eating macaroni and cheese all day can really mess with your healthy eating pattern!
So, here's a healthy alternative to help warm you up and keep you full: SOUP!
Soup is a yummy convenient way to stay satisfied and sneak in some veggies!!
For those of you who have time to make you our batch of soup, all the power to you! However, in my busy life I have really begun to enjoy some of the vegetable soups from none other than Progresso! I tend not to eat soups that have meat in them because it may not always be the highest quality and its been sitting in a can for who knows how long! Progresso has a whole line of soups (both veggie and meaty) that are 100 calories or less per serving! Each can provides about 2 servings, so you are looking at 200 calories or less for a tasty, warm lunch or dinner!
Most of these soups can also account for a full serving of vegetables - that's a third of the recommended 3 servings/day! Often I will chop up some extra carrots, celery, bell peppers, or whatever is left in the fridge and add them right in! Because lets face it- everyone needs more veggies!
Now do watch out for cream based soups like clam and corn chowder which will ultimately end up providing more calories and fat.
Think soups not enough? Pair it with a small salad or a slice of whole wheat toast and let me know what you think! :)