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A look at the nutritional benefits of pho and similar soup recipes

For those who aren’t familiar with pho, it is a delicious Vietnamese soup that combines rice noodles, herbs, spices, vegetables, and meat in a savory broth. Although going out for pho is a fine dining option once in a while, you can benefit from making your own pho at home with a healthy pho recipe.

Pho is typically high in sodium due to the broth, so by using a low-sodium broth when making pho at home—along with plenty of fresh veggies and herbs—you can get more nutritional elements and less sodium in your diet.

Aside from being low in fat (about 300 calories per serving), high in protein (about half of the recommended daily value (DV)), and having vitamin C (10 percent DV) and calcium (4 percent DV), pho is high in iron—a serving has about 20 percent of the recommended daily value for iron.

Getting enough iron in our diets ensures that oxygen travels efficiently throughout our bodies, making us feel healthy and strong. Those who are low in iron often feel tired, have mental fog, and experience physical difficulties, such as sore muscles and shortness of breath. So, to feel good from a diet with plenty of iron and other good stuff, try a homemade pho recipe and these similar soup recipes

LOW-CARB PHO SOUP

If you haven’t made this recipe yet, you’re missing out. This is the perfect pho soup recipe that doesn’t pack in the carbs and offers a lot of nutritional value as well as flavor. If you are looking for a unique and tasty pho recipe to make at home, give this one a try. It’s almost guaranteed to make you feel good.

BEEF RAMEN BOWL

This low-fat savory soup bowl has all the flavors of pho without all the sodium of traditional soups. It is packed with iron and protein from the beef and egg, plus the goodness of ginger, garlic, bean sprouts, zucchini noodles, and apple cider vinegar.

SPICY CHICKEN ZUCCHINI NOODLE SOUP

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Not only is this chicken soup good for the soul, it’s also good for your body by being low-fat, gluten-free, and Paleo-friendly. This soup also has all the makings of a healthy pho recipe—broth, noodles, herbs, spices, veggies, and meat, and it will certainly make you feel good too.

THAI SHRIMP SOUP

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Although this is a Thai soup recipe—not a Vietnamese pho recipe—it is still similar and should not be overlooked for tasty and healthy soup options. The fresh tastes of lemongrass, cilantro, lime, and ginger, plus the spicy kick of green curry make this shrimp, mushroom, and zucchini noodle soup a must-try for any soup lover.

Pho—and similar soups—can fill your belly, warm you up, and give you the iron and protein to make you feel good and healthy. If you make a low-fat low-sodium soup or pho recipe at home, you can fill it with as many herbs, spices, veggies, and protein to get even more nutrition from your bowl. Don’t forget to use low-fat, low-sodium broth to make sure you’re not overloading on things your body doesn’t need.