Soups and sandwiches go together like kids and lollipops. But just as kids grow up to prefer gourmet dark chocolate to a lollipop, many adults these days are enjoying the gourmet goodness of old-fashioned soup and sandwiches.
When it comes to soup, you can keep the flavor and reduce the sodium by choosing no-salt-added versions, such as Health Valley No Salt Added Organic Vegetable Soup. If it tastes too bland, add extra sodium-free seasonings, such as Frontier Natural Products Salt-Free Organic Italian Seasoning.
Something to keep in the house for occasions when you’ve no time to head out and shop: Pacific Natural Foods Organic Condensed Cream Of Chicken Soup. Use it to make a sauce with brown rice or serve over steamed vegetables. The flavor is worthy of a gourmet restaurant (and no one has to know that it’s not from scratch!).
When it’s cold outside, let a hearty bowl of soup serve as the main course for lunch. Try an organic brand brimming over with vegetables, such as Amy’s Organic Hearty French Country Vegetable Soup. Serve with sliced Monterey Jack cheese (or vegan cheese) and whole wheat crackers, such as Milton’s Baked Whole Wheat Sesame Crackers, or sprinkle with croutons or sesame sticks.
Sandwiches can range from boring (plain white bread and bologna) to amaze-balls:
- For bread, choose a whole grain variety such as Mestemacher Sunflower Seed Bread. Gone gluten-free? Go for Sun Flour Mills Whole Grain Gluten-Free Bread Mix.
- For toppings, go for protein, from sliced soy turkey to Crown Prince Alaskan Pink Salmon.
- Add lots of fresh veggies, such as green leafy lettuce and tomatoes.
- Use a good brand of mayo, such as Spectrum Naturals Organic Mayonnaise and experiment with different types of mustard, such as Annie’s Naturals Organic Dijon Mustard.
Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com, Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.