Food phases are a real thing.
When I was 7 it was bologna and cheese on Wonder Bread 24/7. In college I upgraded to the daily deli turkey with Swiss on a bagel and then there was my 4 year streak in Miami of green smoothies for breakfast.
I embrace the food phases for ease, but realize we also need to mix things up to get a variety of nutrients.
In fact the Psychology of Eating says there are evolutionary reasons we do this:
Lastly, it makes sense that we might stay limited to a small amount of food choices because there’s a convenience and safety factor here. Humans like the familiar. We are often suspicious of the unfamiliar.
Think of all the times when you might have visited a foreign country or even gone to another state or region and you were offered a strange food that didn’t seem quite safe or palatable. Everybody around you might be eating that food, but your instincts might drive you otherwise.
Around here soup was on the menu a lot of nights where nothing really sounded great lately, but I needed some seriously good nutrition to keep my recovery going strong between workouts. First up my super (pun intended) easy recipe and next more reasons to get soup on your meal plan!
I like this soup for two reasons: 1 it’s super easy and 2 you can change it up to fit your veggie loves.
“Good soup is one of the prime ingredients of good living. For soup can do more to lift the spirits and stimulate the appetite than any other one dish.” – Louis P. De Guoy
Healthy Chicken Soup
- 64 oz broth
- 2 lb chicken I used frozen
- Chopped onion, celery, carrots you can buy frozen versions of this now or look in your veggie aisle for a pre-cut mix
- Optional to add in any other frozen veggie you have. I used okra.
- Optional rice or egg noodles for a traditional chicken soup
- Dump in to the crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
“An old-fashioned vegetable soup, without any enhancement, is a more powerful anticarcinogen than any known medicine.” – James Duke, M.D.
I really do love soup. I love how it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I love how I can get in such a variety of foods. I love that I can toss in great healthy herbs like turmeric. Mostly I love that it’s nearly impossible to mess up soup!
Soup has a number of other benefits for our health and our running!
- Broth is easy to digest and provides tons of nutrients
- Eating a light soup before meals helps cut calories
- Warm foods feel comforting
- Super duper easy way to pack in tons of veggies
- Can be made in large batches to freeze (perfect for having food post travel!)
- Easy options for vegan meal, but protein filled
- Can help to get things moving if your feeling constipated or bloated
“The wealth of ingredients in a bowl of soup provides a good balance of carbohydrates, protein and fats as well as the vitamins and minerals required to create energy and keep us firing on all cylinders.” — Fiona Kirk
Do you have a go to soup?
What do you eat when nothing sounds good?
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