What's better than soup on a cold winter day? I decided to give Nile Spice Soup cups a whirl because each portable, single-serve soup requires only the addition of hot water to cook up to a nice, hot treat. With all the different varieties - Black Bean, Cheddar Broccoli, Country Mushroom, Lentil, Minestrone, Split Pea, and Potato Leek, to name a few - this could be a soup-lover's dream. I found the soup cups for sale at $1.19 each, and picked up the Nile Spice Chicken Flavored Vegetable variety to try it out.
When I whipped up my cup o' soup, I was impressed by how tender the noodles were and how satisfying it was overall (the spiral noodle shape is a cute departure from the norm). This was definitely one of the saltier soups I've had though, both in terms of taste and with regard to the actual sodium content (28% of the daily).
Each prepackaged 1 ounce cup of Nile Spice Chicken Flavored Vegetable Soup has only 110 calories, with 1.5 grams of fat (no saturated or trans fats), 4 grams of protein and 21 grams of carbohydrates which includes 2 grams of fiber (8% of the RDA) and 3 grams of sugars. One thing I didn't like? The sodium count - 670 mg (28% of the RDA) in a single cup.
The ingredients are Semolina From Durum Wheat, Dehydrated Vegetables (Onions, Corn, Carrots, Tomato, Celery, Garlic, Green Beans), Salt, Dried Butter (Cream), Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Molasses, Spices, Nonfat Milk, Chicken Fat, Dried Chicken, Natural Flavors, Honey, Turmeric Spice & Color.
Why or why can't they make packaged soups with less sodium?! I think I would prefer to add salt myself than to see the high daily values of sodium in these soups. Still, this Nile Soup is something I would reach for instead of Nissin Cup of Noodle Soup with it's 60% DV sodium content and 33% of the daily recommended amounts for saturated fat, but not something I would eat regularly because of the extra salty taste.