(Family Features) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) MyPyramid symbolizes a personalized approach to healthy eating, allowing you to choose from a variety of options in each food group to meet your needs based upon your age, gender and level of physical activity.
Adding soup to your menu plan is a quick and simple way to help you meet the new recommendations. Most prepared soups are moderate in calories, low in fat and provide a good source of nutrients, as well as vegetables, lean meats and grains. There are also many varieties of soups to choose from, including reduced- and low-sodium selections, so you're sure to find a soup that's right for you!
Visit Campbell's Center for Nutrition & Wellness at www.campbellwellness.com for articles on ways to choose foods that meet the new MyPyramid recommendations. And get a FREE copy of Campbell's Soup for Life Plan, a flexible meal plan that you can customize to help you to meet your individual MyPyramid requirements.
Guide to MyPyramid
based on a 2000 calorie reference diet*
- Vegetables: 2 1/2 cups
- Fruit: 2 cups
- Grains: 6 ounces (make at least 3 ounces whole grains)
- Dairy: 3 cups of milk or milk products
- Meat & Beans: 5 1/2 ounces
*Visit www.mypyramid.gov for your individual needs.
Soup has been called a "secret weapon" for weight loss success because you can actually eat more to weigh less. Because soup is a "low-calorie-dense" food, you can fill up on fewer calories and stay satisfied longer.
Why does soup work?
- More for less! You can eat larger portions of water-rich foods, like broth-based soups, which have relatively few calories per serving.
- Variety! With so many soup options, you can enjoy a different soup every day.
- Satisfaction! No matter what your personal goals, soup can add taste, variety and satisfaction for a plan you can stick with.
- Nutrition You Need! Cutting calories can often result in cutting nutrients your body needs. Choosing foods like soup that are low in calories but provide fiber and important vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, iron and vitamins A and C, can help ensure that losing pounds doesn't mean losing out on nutrition.
To get a FREE copy of Campbell's Soup for Life Plan, customize your own meal plans or obtain product information and recipes, visit www.campbellwellness.com.
Already tried the plan? Send us a note to let us know how it worked for you: Campbellwellness@campbellwellness.com.
Following are some "souper" delicious ideas that can help the whole family put MyPyramid into practice!
Soup & Sandwich Lunch
1 serving (8 ounces prepared) Campbell's Healthy Request Tomato soup
Turkey Sandwich: 2 slices Pepperidge Farm 100% Whole Wheat Whole
Grain Bread, 2 ounces sliced turkey breast, 1 teaspoon mayonnaise, 2 pieces leaf lettuce and 2 tomato slices
1 cup total carrot sticks, celery sticks and red pepper strips
Calculated Nutritional Values per Serving with Campbell's Healthy Request Tomato soup: Calories 457, Total Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 50mg, Sodium 869mg, Total Carbohydrate 67g, Dietary Fiber 10g, Protein 29g
MyPyramid contributions (per serving)
- Vegetables: 1 1/2 cups
- Whole Grains: 2-ounce equivalent
- Meats & Beans: 2-ounce equivalent