Just like the rest of the country, well most of it I believe, we awoke to a smattering of snow today. There were varying degrees of disappointment among the children….one is in the middle of GCSE exams so does not want snow preventing him from getting to school, the other three annoyed that there was not enough snow for schools to be shut, and the eldest? Well he is still in bed and doesn’t even know it has snowed, hmmm…don’t ever say yes to a Gap year!
When I was working I used to drink cup a soups a lot but I must admit in the last few years I make my own soup so haven’t really had the need to, however we were sent a lovely hamper full of bits and pieces to keep us warm ( just what we need today) along with a huge array of Ainsley Harriot World Kitchen cup a soups. Flavours include Italian Style Minestrone, Szechuan Hot and Sour, New England vegetable chowder and East Indian Mulligatawny. The soups contain around a 100 calories each, although some as low as 62 per cup and the Mulligatawny flavour 110 calories. The saturated fat values vary quite a lot, 0.1 g to 3.3g ( quite high) although most are at the lower level.
The powder for each soup dissolves easily using boiling water as per the instructions and I haven’t been left with a powdery residue at the bottom of the mug as I used to find in times gone by with other soups. The Italian style minestrone is my favourite but I wasn’t so keen on the Bombay Potato, Pea and Spinach. I am not sure I like ‘drinking’ curry and it was too spicy for me. Another favourite was the New England vegetable chowder which is thick and creamy.
The children have never really been introduced to this concept before and the older ones are liking them. I think they are great for the occasional in between meal snack, it is just a shame the salt content is quite high at roughly 0.5g sodium per soup. Everything in moderation though and my daughter has been taking them to school occasionally to make up at breaktime. I find them perfect mid afternoon to fill up on instead of heading for the biscuit tin.
So I would recommend the soups for the times when a warm filling low calorie snack is needed or a boost to a sandwich lunch but just bear in mind the salt content to avoid excess intake.