Sarah Poole/News A nice soup, like this creamy chicken wild rice or red bell pepper tomato bisque, right, can help keep you warm during the cold months of January.

Sarah Poole/Mount Vernon News

A nice soup, like this creamy chicken wild rice or red bell pepper tomato bisque, right, can help keep you warm during the cold months of January.

 

MOUNT VERNON — As temperatures plummet and freezing January winds whip through Knox County, residents are bound to catch a few colds. An excellent way to keep warm and fight off any infections during our tundra weather is by snuggling up on your sofa and enjoying a warm, hearty, homemade bowl of soup.

Although it’s hard to beat the ease of opening up a can of soup, pouring it in a bowl and popping it in the microwave, homemade soups can provide you with beneficial vitamins, fiber and minerals that are often stripped out of canned soups during processing.

In addition to being able to monitor the quality of ingredients that go into your soup, homemade-soup making also provides you with the option of controlling how much salt and fats go into your soup. Canned soups are often quite high in sodium, due to the fact that salt serves as a preservative. For individuals with high blood pressure, heart disease or those who just simply want to lose water weight, making a low-sodium, or even sodium-free homemade soup can serve as a healthy, delicious, worry free meal.

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