Summertime soup is a well-kept secret among many nutrition experts, and for good reason.
In warmer months, our bodies crave more hydration, especially if we're working out in the hot summer sun. We often reach for juices or fruit-based smoothies to double up on hydration and nutrition, but many of these options can be high in sugar.
Soups, on the other hand, are hydrating, high in fiber, low in sugar, and great at replenishing the electrolytes like sodium, calcium, and potassium lost in sweat. Cooked vegetables also produce less gas and bloating than raw produce, and their combination of water, fat, and complex carbohydrates keeps you hydrated and satisfied.
All this adds up to an eating experience that's easy on your digestive system, efficient at delivering nutrition, hydrating, and delicious! Here are three of my favorite soups that are perfect for summer: