Our expert says:
Dear Weight Conscious
It is a good idea to use nice warm soups in winter as they are filling and satisfying and can have a low energy-content, unless you add lashings of fat, sour cream or lots of grated cheese. I don't have the kJ contents of all the different types of soup that are available in our supermarkets, but according to the SA Food Tables, the energy contents of 100 g portions of soups range from 40 kJ (chicken bouillon made with hot water and a chicken stock cube) to 323 kJ (split pea soup with vegetables and pork), so even if you have 300 ml of the latter soup (323 x 3 = 969 kJ) you will still not be exceeding the allocated 2100 kJ per meal for an adult woman who is trying to lose weight (not maintain it). You can still have a slice of low-GI bread with your soup and not exceed the 2100 kJ! Check out the energy values of the various soups that are available and keep in mind the examples I have listed for you.
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