The Perfect Fast Food to Reduce Stress Everyday
Dealing with a host of stressful situations, during the pandemic, everyone can use a healthy, stress-reducing snack or meal. A perfect choice is soup! If your stress level is at a 10, a warm bowl or cup of soup can calm your body and mind in minutes. Soup is a healthy and safe choice for anyone who is multi-tasking at work and home. It is definitely a healthy alternative to wine sipping or cannabis use, during the day, when making major work decisions and especially when looking after children. Soup is a great wine alternative because, unlike alcohol that can make you feel great one minute and then hung over, healthy soup has no hung-over affect.
Soup that is referred to here is NOT loaded with cream, cheese, and excessive salt, but healthy vegetables and broth. While you may not be able to purchase healthy soup from your favorite fast food spot, most convenience stores have ready-made soup, full of veggies. Vegetables can be simply onions, celery and carrots, which are common in chicken soup. Soup is also easy to make at home. Once you make a batch of soup, it only takes a couple of minutes to warm up each day. (To keep soup healthy, avoid microwaving soup.)
You can eat soup during the middle of the day or as an appetizer before your meal. It tastes best when warm, not scolding hot. It instantly calms you to give you clarity when thinking and reduces your mind from racing.
Soup has a high level of water, so it is a great food to hydrate your body. And a low-sodium vegetable soup can give you all the vegetables needed for the day.
Part of eating soup to reduce stress is to eat it slow. For 10-15 minutes, don’t worry about the trillion things on your to-do list. So, think of the time you will save, after you refuel with soup, and are clear-minded.
You can make a batch of soup last for several days or you can open a can of soup, either one can help reduce stress. So, if you don’t have time to make your own soup, don’t stress about it—just open a can of soup.
Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken soup contains ingredients that are especially calming because the traditional base of onions, celery and carrots with chicken work to boost your immune system. The fact that we eat chicken soup when we are sick, suggest that it has benefits for keeping us well, to avoid getting sick.
Good nutrition, instead of poor eating, is essential to reduce stress, so soup is the ideal food when you have to handle 10 different tasks in a day. Vegetable soups can also be a good replacement of fatty foods if you want to lose weight. In order to lose weight, it is best to replace a high-calorie food or snack with low-calorie soups. All soups are not low-calorie. Avoid creamy, cheesy and chunky soups. If you choose wisely, soups can provide the same comfort that your favorite snacks and comfort foods do, but with greater health benefits. A medley of vegetables, herbs and spices can taste like Thanksgiving dinner in a bowl.
Soup doesn’t necessarily have to be hot. Some soups taste better when warmed because it helps to mix the ingredients, but others can be eaten cold or room-temperature. Cold soups may quench your thirst in warm weather, giving you all the nutrients of a healthy salad.
Soup for a Snack
Many soups can even be eaten on-the-go, in place of an unhealthy snack. Whether you buy pre-made puree soups or blend and pour your soup from home into a thermos, it is a snack or meal that can be eaten anywhere, as easy as drinking coffee.
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