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Soups can Pimp your Healthy Lunch Box

As the weather cools down your appetite warms up – but so do the cravings for comfort foods such as greasy fish and chips or a nice filling burger. The weather impacts children’s’ appetites as well and they often find themselves less drawn to the foods they enjoyed in the summer months. As a result of this, a salad filled sandwich in their lunch box won’t really satisfy your kids the same way they did when the sun was shining. A great lunch box alternative is soup. And soups can give a kick to a real healthy lunch box. This versatile meal can come in literally all different flavours and seasonings, meaning it will never get boring. This article explains some of the top ways soups can pimp your kids’ healthy lunch box and keep them nutritious and healthy in the cooler months at school.

Get those veggies into your kids’ diet

Soup is an excellent way to disguise a whole bunch of vegetables and get your kids to consume them without hassle. If your child hates broccoli, just blend some up in a soup and they’ll get all those vital nutrients from the green vegetable without knowing they’re eating it. With the right amount of seasoning and flavour, your kids will find the vegetables in soup very tasty.

Accompany the soup with some necessary carbohydrates

Through the school day, your kids burn a lot of energy. They need some healthy carbohydrates to restock this energy and keep them focused in the classroom. Nutritious, wholemeal bread is a great accompaniment to soup. Your kids will love dipping the bread into their soup at lunch time and chowing it down. You can even toast the bread in the morning so your child has something crispy to dip into the soup.

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Soup stays warm all day

When put in the right container, a well-insulated container, soup will remain warm throughout the day until lunch time. You just need to make sure you put the soup in the container at a hot temperature as it will cool down only slightly. By lunch time, it will be at perfect eating temperature for your child’s hungry stomach.

Get inspired with some recipes

To help get you choose the right types of soup to put in your kids’ healthy lunch box, here are some great recipe ideas. These recipes choose the best ingredients to give your kids the right nutritional balance through the busy school day.

  • Chicken Rice Soup (Recipe below)
  • Cauliflower and parmesan soup
  • Tomato soup Florentine
  • Root vegetable and bean soup
  • Chicken tortellini soup
  • Roast pumpkin soup
  • Pumpkin Apple Cider Soup (Recipe below)

 

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Chicken Rice Soup (serves 6)

32 oz chicken broth
2 1/2 – 3 cups water
1/2 cup long grain rice, uncooked (not instant)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 can cream of celery soup
3 carrots, sliced
6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
12 oz cooked, chopped chicken
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In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine chicken broth and water. Bring to a boil. Add rice. Reduce heat to medium-high and continue to boil for 10 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Pumpkin Apple Cider Soup (7 Cups)

Ingredients

  • 2 apples, peeled and diced (I like honeycrisp)
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • ¾ cup apple cider
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 cans (15 ounce –each) pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ½ cup cream
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Instructions

  1. Set a large heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, then add the onion, apple, and a pinch of kosher salt. Saute for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are soft and translucent.
  2. Pour in the chicken stock, cider, thyme, and pepper and bring the mixture to a boil for one minute. Then, add the pumpkin and stir the ingredients together until smooth. Use an immersion blender to puree it until smooth.
  3. Finally, stir in the cream and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Simmer the soup for about ten minutes, or until heated through. To eat warm.

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