I love soup – especially when it’s cold outside. I find that soup is one of the easiest ways to ensure that I get enough veggies throughout the winter months (because raw veggies and salads aren’t very appealing in – 20 C weather).
Soup is also a great way to help control your appetite this time of year, because warm food is more satiating and tends to keep us fuller longer.
During the winter months, our serotonin levels drop (increasing our cravings for carbohydrate-rich foods), we’re typically not as active and we don’t eat as many vegetables and fruits. These are a few reasons why many of us tend to notice a bit of a weight gain during the winter.
It’s important that we consume enough veggies (at least 4 servings a day–1 cup of veggie soup= ~1 serving), we get enough sleep (something I will talk about in a future blog post) and that we continue to be as active as possible.
As a busy Mom, I also find that making big batches of soup (whether it’s an all-in-one meal soup or a veggie soup) is an easy way to ensure that my family eats a balanced, healthy meal and also provides as easy option on busy nights.
This velvety butternut squash soup is so delicious- you’ll want to make a big batch! We paired it with grilled chicken thighs and a salad, but it would be perfect with a panini or grilled cheese sandwich too.