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All That Sodium and They Still Call This Healthy Choice

  • Jan 28, 2010
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Another excellent choice of soup  for your diet whether or not you are on a diet or not, is this soup by Healthy Choice. This is produced by the ConAgra Foods company and can be found in most any grocery stores. We usually do our shopping at Meijers to save money. They also have the biggest selection of soups that I have seen in any establishment and at the cheapest cost. These average cost is about 2 dollars each.

Description

This soup comes in a styrofoam container with a metal lid that can be removed when you stick this in the microwave. Once you open this container up you will see large chunks of  a 1/2 of a cup (more or less) vegetables and a half a dozen or so pieces of meat approximately 1/2" in diameter. These containers will hold 14 ounces of soup and you can get twelve containers to a package. I have found that a lot of times people will break open the package and take out what they need, on the other hand I like the fact that I can grab one tray and have 12 of these to take home. This helps in the convenience department. This comes in a green looking container with a plastic removable lid.

Ingredients

You will get approximately one cup of chunks of mixed vegetables such as celery, kidney beans, corn, peas, potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, green beans, lima beans, and of course some hunks of meat. There is also water, tomato puree, tomato paste, vegetable concentrate( carrots, lettuce parsley, watercress spinach, red beet), salt, sauteed  vegetables (carrots, celery, onions), tomato concentrate, flavors, potassium chloride, sugar, spice, maltodextrin, garlic powder, soybean oil, citric acid, yeast extract, disodium inosinate and guanylate, oleoresin paprika, calcium chloride.

Nutrition

This comes with one cup of mixed vegetables and 0 fat grams, 0 grams of saturated fat, five milligrams of cholesterol, 480 mgs of sodium per serving and each container is just about 2 servings, so that comes to 960 grams of sodium per container. There is also only 90 calories per serving and that comes to just about 180 per container. This also has 18 grams of total cards, 4 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein. There are some vitamins in all of this mix and they are: 20% of vitamin A, 0 % of vitamin C, 4% of calcium, and 4% of iron.

Experience

If you have a sensitive stomach then you will need to know that this soup has a little bit of a tang to it. But, this tastes just perfect to me. All you have to do is make sure that you remove the metal lid and put the plastic one back on it and then set it in the microwave for about 1 minute and thirty seconds. Then when it is done just leave it in the microwave for about one minute, to finish cooking. You do not have to worry about this exploding all over the place because the lid that you put back on top has four small holes in the top to help with this container to vent.

This soup is also recognized by the Weight Watchers group and give this soup two points per serving, and since this is a two serving container, this soup will count as four points. When you do pull this out of the microwave make sure that you do not grab it by the lid. Once you have heated this up the plastic lid will expand and be a little loose and may come off if you are not careful. So, I would grab this by the side of the container to help prevent any spillage.

Conclusion
Just a couple of reminders, and that is if you are on a low sodium diet, this soup is not the one for you. Even though this is very good and  it will help you stay on your diet the sodium is the only bad part. I usually eat one of these a day and have found this to be very filling, but it is a little spicy. Overall, you will enjoy the warmth that this soup will give on a nice cold day.

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February 03, 2010
This sounds tasty and handy, but I'm not a fan of sodium either!  Sounds like something I'd only have once in a while.  If you're looking for inspiration for other soups to try out, you should check out this List of Western Soups and this recipe for chicken tortilla soup.  I love making my own soups because I can vary how much salt I put in it.  Thanks for sharing, Harold! :)
 
January 28, 2010
Nice review although I don't believe I would care for this particular variety. I have tried a few of the Healthy Choice Chicken soups and find that they are generally quite good. As for the "Healthy Choice" designation for a product containing so much salt I have found that in this country you can pretty much call anything anything if you know what I mean.
 
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Quick Tip by . January 28, 2010
Warning, high sodium content may steer you away from this soup.
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  • Made from a natural blend of carrots, tomatoes, celery, corn, and zucchini
  • An excellent source of iron, vitamin A, and protein
  • A hearty, easy-to-prepare meal
  • A perfect fit for your healthy, on the go lifestyle
Safety Information
Contents are hot after microwaving. Remove carefully. Do not lift by plastic cover.

Ingredients
Water, Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Carrots, Celery, Corn, Dehydrated Potatoes, Zucchini, Peas, Kidney Beans, Tomatoes, Green Beans, less than 2% of

Directions
Remove metal lid under plastic lid, replace plastic cover. Microwave on High power for 1 minute 30 seconds or until warm. (For convenience store [1700 watt] oven: Microwave on High power for 1 minute). Let stand for 1 minute in microwave. Remove from microwave by grasping container by sides. Do not lift by plastic cover. Stir before serving. As all microwaves ovens vary, times given are approximate. Always grasp bowl by sides. Do not lift by plastic cover.
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