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Published on September 08, 2014

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 8, 2014

According to the Physicans Committee for Responsible Medicine, PCRM, one in three children in the U.S. are overweight or obese putting them at risk for many health problems. 

Diets consisting of empty calorie and low nutrient dense foods leave children and adolescents under-nourished and with unsatisfied hunger. This can cause them to over eat. When a diet is focused on nutrient rich and whole foods, health, emotional and social well-being thrive. 

Soups are a great way to incorporate many foods in one dish. When we eat a variety of foods the body is more satisfied, in turn reducing cravings, all while gaining much needed nutrients. Here is a basic soup recipe perfect for the season when tomatoes are plentiful in the garden and farm stands. For school lunches pack the warm soup in a thermos or have the soup ready in the refrigerator for quick week night dinners or after school snacks.

Tomato Bisque SoupTomato Bisque

Serves 6

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ cup your favorite milk
  • ½ medium onion, chopped or 3 large green onion
  • 1½ teaspoons honey or maple syrup
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 teaspoon citrus or vinegar
  • 4 cups chicken, vegetable or other broth
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • ½ cup cooked brown rice (I like how brown basmati is soft and creams easily)

Directions 

1.  Heat large pot over medium heat; add oil and onion with pinch of salt – cook just until soft.

2.  Add carrots and a pinch of salt, cooking until soft.

3.  Add tomatoes, broth and rice; bring to simmer, cover and cook 30 minutes.

4.  Add milk, sweetener of choice, ¼ teaspoon pepper and pinch of sea salt and citrus or vinegar.

5.  Using immersion blender, puree and adjust flavors.

6.  Garnish with minced fresh parsley.

 

Cooks note:

  • For a dairy free version use rice or almond milk
  • Three cups chopped fresh tomatoes can be used in place of canned.
  • The vinegar or citrus helps brighten the canned tomatoes it can be omitted if using fresh tomatoes.

For more tips and tricks, talk to our KishHealth System nutrition counselors!

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