At last, you can buy canned soups and soup mixes that taste homemade but can be prepped in minutes and won't break your sodium budget. Try our favorite heart-smart soups, plus crackers.
By Marsha McCulloch, M.S., R.D., L.D.
Heart-Healthy Living wants to help you put tasty soup on the table with little fuss. We found seven heart-smart packaged soups -- including canned varieties and dry mixes -- made with heart-healthy ingredients, including whole grains, vegetables, and beans.
We used these criteria to guide our selections:
* Great taste and easy prep. We sent the soups home with staff testers to ensure our top choices scored high on taste and convenience.
* Lower sodium. Many packaged soups have 480-900+ mg sodium per serving; our choices have significantly less, including several with 140 mg sodium or less per serving, which meets the government's definition of a low-sodium food.
* Limited fat. When buying prepared soups, beware the extra fat commonly found in creamy soups. Opt for soup that's broth-based.
Read on for our seven top heart-healthy soup picks plus yummy cracker choices.