Every time I tell someone I have soup for breakfast, they look at me a little funny. After all, soup is not exactly a staple breakfast food in America.
But as I often point out, it is in many other places of the world, especially in Asia where steaming cauldrons of soup are a common part of bustling morning markets and street fare.
When I was in Burma, I started out every morning with soup for breakfast – namely, a bowl of mohinga, a rice noodle and fish soup (trust me, it tastes better than it sounds) that is most commonly served for breakfast.
Ever since then, soups have become a standard part of my breakfast repertoire.
One of my challenges as a Nutritional Therapist is getting people to think outside the box about what they can have for each meal of the day. Soup for breakfast certainly fits the bill.
This is especially important if we’re removing things like gluten or grains for a while. Because outside of eggs, there’s not a whole lot left, at least in the standard American breakfast landscape of cereals, oatmeal, muffins, croissants, pancakes, waffles, bagels, and breakfast sandwiches.
But even if you’re not going grain or gluten-free anytime soon, soup for breakfast is still something you should consider. Here are five reasons you should have soup for breakfast:
If you make a big pot on the weekend, all you need to do is heat it up! This is why I encourage my nutritional therapy clients to get in the habit of regularly making large batches of soup. A simple re-heat is all you need for those rushed morning hours.
I hear this all the time: “But I’m not hungry in the morning.” Many people don’t do well with heavier protein-based breakfasts for many reasons. They often skip breakfast as a result but regret it a few hours later when they’re starving at work and have nothing prepared.
If you’re one of those people who get nauseous at the thought of eggs and bacon in the morning, consider having soup for breakfast instead. They’re easily digestible and won’t make you feel bloated. Prepared at home from your own stocks, soups are also incredibly nourishing and shouldn’t make you hungry a few hours later either. And if you’re like me and need a bit more protein…
Soups don’t have to be light. If you’re one of those people that thrives on heartier breakfasts, soups can still do the trick. Adding a good protein and some starch like rice or rice noodles can make for a very filling meal. And the easiest way to add some quick protein is to add some eggs. They work well in almost any broth-based soup. You can poach ’em right in the soup and they’ll cook in just a few minutes. Add ’em whole or just add the yolks.
I’ll often have a miso soup for breakfast and I’ll always throw in a few eggs for a little protein boost.
As I’m writing this it’s late March here in Massachusetts. It’s 30 degrees outside right now and we have snow in the forecast for tomorrow… ugh.
What sounds like a better way to start out your day on a frigidly cold morning? Cold breakfast cereal or hot soup?
I rest my case.
There’s nothing wrong with a simple breakfast of broth and eggs or even something like a basic chicken soup. But if you want some inspiration from around the world, check out these 7 soup recipes which are traditional breakfast recipes in their respective countries…
Craig Fear is the creator of Fearless Eating and the author of three books, The 30-Day Heartburn Solution, Fearless Broths and Soups and The Thai Soup Secret. After years helping clients with digestive issues, Craig decided to pursue writing full-time. He intends to write many more books on broths and soups from around the world! Click here to learn more about Craig.