Everyone loves a beautiful, steaming bowl of soup.
A hearty homemade soup filled with fresh veggies, legumes and/or whole grains is a delicious and simple way to enjoy a whole food, plant-based diet.
Veggie soups are filling and rich in nutrients while remaining low in energy density; this is exactly why soups are the perfect start to your meals.
Given the importance of soups to a plant-based diet, we are excited to take time out to celebrate National Homemade Soup Day!
Commemorated on February 4th, this is the perfect occasion to discover a little more about soup−one of mankind’s favorite dishes for thousands of years.
A History of Soup
Soup (or ‘la soupe’) is traced back to traditional French cuisine where it is classified into two groups−clear soups (bouillon, consommé) and thick soups (purees and bisques).
Soups today come in infinite varieties−from potato and leek to tomato.
But early soups were much simpler, requiring just water and one ingredient (a vegetable or meat) to make a satisfying broth.
So when did humans really start eating soup?
For a long time, most experts believed that soup became popular about 5,000 years ago. This was the era when heat and waterproof containers were invented, and boiling water became a common cooking technique.
However, the experts have recently had to rethink this timeline when a 20,000-year-old pot, which shows signs of having been used over a fire, was discovered in a Chinese cave.
While it is unclear if the pot was actually used for soup, it is certainly possible.
Why Is Soup so Good for You?
Soups, particularly those made with fresh plant-based ingredients, are famous for their multiple health benefits.
Among other things, a nourishing homemade soup may…
- Reduce the Risk of Obesity: Studies have found that eating soup may lower the risk of obesity and may help in effective body weight management.
- Suppress Hunger: Vegetable soups, especially chunky soups, seem to perceptibly reduce feelings of hunger and the energy intake at meals in both lean and overweight people.
- Give Relief from Symptoms of a Cold: Hot drinks like soup may provide relief from symptoms such as a runny nose, cough, sneezing, chilliness, sore throat, and tiredness.
- Help with Digestive Ailments: Soup is easy to digest and recommended for those suffering from digestive problems like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease.
Of course, the absolute perfect way to celebrate National Homemade Soup Day is to prepare a beautiful bowl of soup at home.
Here is my favorite recipe for Roasted Garlic and Squash Soup that will be a real crowd pleaser.
Happy National Homemade Soup Day!