( CNN) When I first heard of “souping, ” it brought me back to my clinical days working in a hospital, where pureed soups and other easy to digest foods — also known as “full liquids” — would be prescribed for patients retrieving from gastrointestinal surgery, or those who had difficulty chewing or swallow.
Then I reflected upon how much I regularly enjoy soup, especially for the convenience it offer on cold, dreary days — even though, thankfull, y I have no health issues that would require such an easily digestible meal. Soup is often my go-to in the winter, especially assortments constructed with beans or skinless chicken, nutritious veggies , noodles and tasty broth. And I’ve always liked the fact that even though I feel full and satisfied after a bowl of broth, it’s not like the fullness I experience after feeing a bowl of pasta.
Among nutritionists, I’m not alone in my feelings about this comforting, fill, yet not-so-high calorie food. “Soup can be a healthy and delicious style to create balance after a season of heavy meals or even a particularly indulgent weekend, ” said Robin Foroutan, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “It gives your digestive system a chance to reboot and de-bloat.”