Soup – One pot wonders

January is national soup month.

January is national soup month and for many parts of the country and the world, it’s the perfect time. It is the perfect hot meal or cold meal, fixed to minimize the clean up, it only needs one pot and the ingredients are limitless. It satisfies the palette for the young and the old and everyone in between. People who like dishes that are hot and spicy, smooth and savory or sweet and icy can enjoy it. It is the perfect one-dish wonder.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) we need at least two to three servings of vegetables a day depending on age, sex and physical activity and soup is one great way of getting the required amount into the diet. Adding vegetables to almost any soup adds flavor and good nutrition, for children the vegetable can be hidden but the benefit can still be accomplished. Soups are such versatile dishes, with a variety of protein sources, served hot or cold, it can meet almost any cultural demand and any dietary need. The ingredients can meet the needs of healthy and ailing individuals; there is rarely a situation that soup cannot serve a purpose.

Soup can meet the needs of a healthy appetite, one that needs to limit their calorie intake and the delicate needs of individuals on special diets.

Soup does not only need to be savory, it can be sweet, as in fruit soups, according to the USDA we need at least one-and-a-half to two servings of fruit a day and this can be accomplished by many delicious fruit soups, you can find recipes through this link http://www.food.com/recipe-collection/fruit-soup. It is also a great alternative to less healthy desserts and can become popular with children and a great way to include fruit in their diets. Enjoy national soup month, sit back, relax and have a nice bowl of soup!

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