Fruit soups are very easy to make, and can be made out of almost any fruit. Apple, oranges, mangoes, pine apples, etc. make very yummy soups. The preparation does not require ovens or other sophisticated kitchen equipments.
For example, to make an apple soup for your toddler, all you need is 2 red apples, sugar to taste and water. Steam the whole apples in a cooker for about 15 minutes. Remove the outer skin and seeds of the steamed apples and mash them. Put the mashed apples, water and sugar in a pan, and boil it for 10 minutes. Your soup is ready. You can also add cinnamon powder to accentuate the taste.
You can make Strawberry Soup with non-fat plain yogurt, two table spoons of orange juice, 1 table spoon of honey, and sliced fresh strawberries. Blend these ingredients in a food processor and serve chilled.
Fruit soups can be enjoyed any time of the year. Depending on the recipe, they can be served hot or cold.
Now take a look at the health benefits of fruit soups:
- Fruit soups are perhaps the best way to ensure that you get your five daily servings of Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6,C,E, K, niacin, folate, and pantothenic acid; and minerals like potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, sodium, iron, manganese, copper and zinc.
- Fruit soups can help lower the risks of many chronic diseases and other ailments. For example, apples have been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer.
- The use of citrus fruits in soups can help maintain the right levels of blood pressure, thanks to the flavonoids in them. They also boost the body’s natural immune system.
- The potassium content of fruits prevents kidney stone and also maintains the health of the bones.
- Folate or Folic Acid is important for the development of red blood cells.