About The Buzz: Eating Vegetables with Meals May Help Cut Calories
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Vegetables can add abundance and flavor to meals and snacks without all the calories, making them a smart choice when managing weight. It’s also important to eat enough vegetables to meet your daily vegetable recommendation as encouraged by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
HOW WE KNOW THIS
Vegetables are a smart choice when managing weight because they are nutrient dense and provide a relatively low number of calories per serving. But over 90% of Americans don’t get the daily recommended amount.* Why eat less when you can eat more – more veggies!
Try canned soup as a convenient, delicious and filling way to get more vegetables!
Our 5 Favorite Tips for Upping the Vegetable Ante with Soup
- Choose Canned Soups with Vegetables!
There are several varieties of canned soup on the shelves, but by choosing those with a ½ cup serving of vegetables or more per serving, you are closer to achieving the daily recommended intake for vegetables.
- Add It In – Fresh, Frozen or Canned
Add even more vegetables to your favorite canned soups. Not to mention, the added vegetables mean added nutrients. And remember, frozen vegetables are as nutritious as fresh.
- It’s All About the Side
A green salad or oven-roasted vegetables make a great side to a warm bowl of soup! Serve a salad that is the same ethnic type as the soup. For example, if you’re serving minestrone, a basic green salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar are great together. Looking for a little something more? Served alongside hearty soups, simply roasted veggies add a ton of flavor and a different spin than a classic salad.
- Top it Off
Top off your favorite vegetable canned soup with….more vegetables! Use carrot strings or green and red pepper shavings to add some flavorful zest to the top of your bowl. Not to mention, it’s more vegetables!
- Get Creative
Besides a classic pairing of toast, there are other ways to up the vegetable ante: Top your favorite soups with carrot shavings or chopped sundried tomato and green onions. Add roasted mustard seeds or toasted pumpkin seeds for a little extra zing!
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