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Soup Month: Health tips and dining aids

The weather is cold and it is prime time for eating soup, the go-to meal for those hibernating at home as well as football fans tailgating and going to Super Bowl parties. We had enough chili during the regular season, and now during National Soup Month, we turn to favored comfort food like chicken noodle soup. Whichever your favorite soup, we’ve compiled a list of health benefits of some of the most popular soups, along with practical uses of two of our greatest eating aids — the Freedom Soup Bowl and the Good Grips Souper Spoon.

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Soups’ variety and flexibility result not only in rich tastes, but also a rich array of nutrients for healthy daily living.

1. Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup | Cajsa Lilliehook, on Flickr | https://www.flickr.com/photos/cajsa_lilliehook/8521842725

Chicken Noodle Soup | Cajsa Lilliehook, on Flickr | https://www.flickr.com/photos/cajsa_lilliehook/8521842725

Livestrong.com says some of the best health benefits of chicken noodle soup are its robust levels of potassium (for heart health) and phosphorus (for help building protein). Chicken broth is also low in calories, and there are often less carbohydrate-ridden noodles in chicken noodle soup than pasta servings like spaghetti.

Good Grips Souper Spoon

Good Grips Souper Spoon

The Good Grips Souper Spoon can be a great way to eat this favorite among soups, but we recommend that you cook with short noodle varieties or chop long noodles for easier scooping.

2. Tomato Soup

Freedom Soup Bowl

Freedom Soup Bowl

According to Livestrong.com, tomato soup’s only real disadvantage is its high amount of sodium, but this can be somewhat counteracted by consuming low-sodium versions. Otherwise, tomato soup is rich in vitamins A and C and contains lycopene, a rich source of antioxidant protection that also happens to be what gives tomatoes their red color. Our Good Grips Souper Spoon and Freedom Soup Bowl are ideal for tomato soup. The spoon features a lip that will keep the tomato soup from from splashing and splattering.

3. Beef Stew

Beef Stew

Beef stew | jeffreyw on Flikr | https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffreyww/13073820024

We may not think of beef as the most healthy of meats, but with that in mind, stew is one of the healthiest ways we can eat red meat. The nutritional value of beef stew will depend entirely on what you put into it, but it is common to put carrots, potatoes, onions, garlic and mushrooms. In fact, the complete flexibility of beef stew means you can make it as healthy as you want. For instance, you can throw in moderate amounts of beef and starchy vegetables and put in more non-starchy vegetables. Either way, beef stew is healthier than eating out! Again, we recommend chopping up the ingredients into small chunks that will make it easier to use the Souper Spoon. The lip of the spoon will keep beef and vegetable pieces from rolling all over the place.