How To Quickly Improve The Nutritional Value Of Your Canned Soup


If you're like me, nothing is better than a nice hot bowl of soup on a cold day. Unfortunately soup usually falls into 3 categories that don't fully fit the frugal fitness theme:

1) Soup is unhealthy (example: clam chowder or lobster bisque)
2) Soup is mediocre in terms of nutrition (example: Campbell's)
3) Soup time-consuming or expensive ingredients (ex: homemade)

OK so the 3rd one is a little bit about being lazy. But healthy homemade soup can be time-intensive (and time is money) and possibly expensive depending on the fresh ingredients you purchase. In a perfect world we'd all make our soup from scratch with healthy and affordable ingredients. But I'm also a busy businessman and a realist. Not many people reading this or people out there in general are going to opt for the homemade soup option.

So when I don't have the time to make it from scratch I have a little hack. I take a moderately healthy Progresso soup and add some quick and healthy ingredients. It takes the soup from a C+ in terms of nutrition to about a B+ or A-. I personally enjoy Progresso's Herb Chicken & Dumplings which has an OK nutritional content compared to other soups, but OK just doesn't cut it. Here are the quick but healthy items I add in about 1 minute:

- Several leaves of spinach, shredded
- 3 pieces of Purdue grilled chicken strips
- 3 TBSP quinoa (if you're already making it for other meals)
- 1 TBSP ground flaxseed
- 1 TSP garlic powder (to counteract the added bland ingredients)

There is plenty / too much salt already in an average can of Campbell's or Progresso soup so I think the sodium content actually is a little more normalized after adding these ingredients.

You can add dozens of other ingredients to improve the nutritional value of your soup on a budget, these are just ingredients that I enjoy that can benefit my fitness goals and ingredients that I always have around the house.

I hope you enjoyed this article about how to quickly improve the nutritional value of your canned soup.

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