“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Soups „
I have become quite lazy recently and have put on a little weight, not a huge amount but I do not feel myself so have decided to start to watch what I eat a little more and do a bit more exercise. With it being winter I prefer to eat hot, comforting meals but this often means high calorie and fat content. So recently I have taken to eating more soup as it is hot meal that is still comforting but not so bad for you if you are careful with the ones you choose. On my last shop to Tesco I decided to head to the soup isle and spotted the Tesco lighter choices tomato soup and decided to give it a try.
The tomato soup is part of the Tesco's own brand light choices range, which is a range designed to be lower in fat and calories. The tomato soup comes in a 400g tin and currently costs just £0.46, I thought this was great value for a large tin of soup and decided that even if I didn't like it I had not wasted a great amount of money.
The soup comes in a metal can with a ring pull top, something I was surprised to see on an own brand product and a little relieved as my tin opener is about broken. The can has a white paper label wrapped around it which has a picture of a bowl of the soup on the front surrounded by fresh tomatoes. There is quite a lot of information on the can which I found quite impressive for just a can of soup. It states the full ingredients listings, nutritional information, allergy advice, storage and cooking instructions. It also states on the can that the soup contains 2 propoints per half a can. I think this is great for anyone following the weightwatchers program as it allows them to buy other products than the weightwatchers ones which can be rather expensive but still lets you keep a close eye on your point's intake.
As I stated previously this soup is a lighter choice one and therefore contains less fat than the normal Tesco tomato soup. A serving is classed as half a can (200g) and contains the following nutritional information:
Calories - 90
Protein - 1.8g
Carbohydrate - 11.8g
Fat - 3.8g
Fibre - 0.8g
Sodium - 0.4g
The soup is really easy to heat up and can be done in either the microwave or on the hob and takes just a couple of minutes. As with any soup it states on the can that you should not allow it to boil as this can impair the flavour of the soup.
As far as the taste goes I was a little apprehensive as I have had own brand soups from supermarkets in the past and have found many of them to be a little watery and tasteless. Also being a lighter choice made me even more cautious as taking away some of the fat usually means compromising on flavour. But I am happy to report that I was very pleasantly surprised for a start as soon as I opened the can I noticed that the soup had a quite strong tomato flavour which was very pleasant. When I poured the soup into the pan to heat it up it appeared to be of quite a thick consistency which did not water down through cooking. I prefer to eat thicker soups as I find them to be much more filling to enable you to feel like you have had a meal and not just a drink. The soup also tasted great it was quite a strong tomato flavour but also creamy and smooth. Tomato soup can sometimes be a little bitter but this had a lovely balance of flavours and a little bit of warmth to it which I imagine comes from the addition of the mustard powder in the ingredients listing's.
Overall I was extremely impressed with this soup it is as good as some of the branded tomato soups I have tried and has the great added bonuses of being lower in fat and not a stretch on the purse strings. This is certainly a soup that I would recommend for anyone that likes tomato soup to try and one that I will most definitely be purchasing again!