By Adam Kraemer

If you were a regular reader of my Weight Watchers Community blog, you may remember that my mom occasionally makes something she calls “salad soup.” Essentially, she takes leftover salad and purees it, then serves it cold. I find it appalling. On a scale of awful foods, I’d place it somewhere between squirrel ice cream and asparagus. For the record, I really dislike asparagus.

However, I do not in the slightest want to give the impression that I dislike all soups. I love real soups (read: not improvised in the Cuisinart). In fact, have you been to the soup aisle in your local grocery recently? The varieties of soup have totally exploded. (Not literally; I mean there are a lot more of them than there used to be.) Many of them are both tasty and quite healthy — low in fat and carbs, high in proteins and fiber. This might be partially because soup is rarely fried.

I mention soup for two reasons: 1) we’re in the colder months (even in Southern California) and soup is practically the definition of comfort food (unless it’s cold pureed salad) and ii) I recently received a Weight Watchers email with a link to a full page of plan-friendly soups (24, to be precise). There are even a couple with a SmartPoints® value of 0. That’s right. Nary a SmartPoint in sight. Also, judging by the pictures of each recipe, the photography department at Weight Watchers owns a surprising array of bowls.

I should mention, by the way, that this entry’s title is, yes, a Tick reference. I was going to make some “soup” pun, but it seems as though Weight Watchers has beat me to most of them. (I’m reminded of the joke about the old man who’s offered “super sex” and, after thinking for a moment, says, “At my age, I’ll take the soup.” It’s funnier out loud, trust me.) I could, I suppose, have tried for a “stew” pun, but the best I could come up with was something about being a “stew-dent” of cooking, and we can all agree that’s about as awful as salad soup.

(I have observed my dad, by the way, on a number of occasions, eating the salad soup. I have yet to determine if this is because he genuinely likes it or if it’s because it’s a fight he’s determined is not worth having with my mom.)

Regardless, if you’re in the mood for some comfort food (dude), take a look at the varieties of recipes Weight Watchers is offering. There are actually four worth 0 SmartPoints value, including the Asian-Inspired Vegetable Soup and the Butternut Squash Soup. For 2 SmartPoints value, you can make two different asparagus soups (as long as you don’t make them for me). Nearly all of them have a SmartPoints value of 5 or less, with the exception of the chili offerings, but even the Chili Con Carne (Spanish for “chili with carne”) at a SmartPoints value of 8 still isn’t exactly ruining your daily intake.

There’s Chicken and Orzo Soup with Fennel (SmartPoints: 3), Fresh Manhattan Clam Chowder (SmartPoints: 3; and much better, I imagine, than the not-so-fresh clam chowder), an Italian Beef and Lentil Slow-Cooker Stew (SmartPoints: 4), and, well, a number of others. I’m not listing them all for you; Weight Watchers has already done that.

The point is, soup is good. My advice is good. My advice is soup. (And they said 8th-grade algebra wouldn’t ever come in handy in the real world.) Q.E.D.

Talk to you soon.

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