One of the most ideal, healthy meals to eat is a soup. The water hydrates you, the broth fills you up, and the veggies provide nutrition1 Progresso Light does a lovely job in all areas.
Many soups bulk up the broth with corn starch or other unhealthy items, so be sure to look at the soup's ingredients. these light soups have 33% less calories than their normal soups. It's important to note, though, that soups notoriously assume you are only ingesting PART of a can as part of a larger meal. Most people, though, eat a whole can AS a meal. So make sure you take that into account when you do your calculations.
I will be using the WHOLE can for my figures in this review since this is how I eat them and how pretty much everyone who writes me eats them. The can technically says it supplies two servings.
So a whole can of Progresso Light Chicken Vegetable Rotini Soup provides 140 calories, 18g of carbs plus 2g of fiber. It has 10g of protein which is great! You get 40% of your Vitamin A and 4% of your iron. I realize soup is traditionally very high in salt so you do get 54% of your daily sodium. This is par for the course with soup but you should be aware of it.
You get no saturated fat, no trans fats. You only get 30mg of cholesterol.
The broth itself is a fairly light chicken stock, with some carrot, celery, and rotini noodles in it. I also spotted a green bean or two. There are only a tiny few pieces of chicken in here. They are more "token chicken pieces". The majority of what you get are the pasta pieces and they are fairly mushy and bland. So really I would much rather have far more veggies in here and far less squishy bland pasta pieces.
Certainly I am not saying the soup is bad. I have cans on my shelf and find them an ideal emergency food. They heat up in the microwave in 2 minutes without any work at all. They are filling, tasty, and nutritious. they are relatively healthy for you!
Those with allergies should note it contains wheat, egg, soy, and milk.
So I would say to keep some cans around to ensure you always have healthy food on hand - but there are better options to reach for first.
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