Have you ever wondered why winter is such a perfect time for soup? It is enjoyable all year round, but in the colder months we seem to develop a much deeper appreciation for this delicious dish.

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Here are 7 reasons why soup is the perfect accompaniment to thick jumpers, a good book and a log fire.

It's convenient: When it's freezing outside, you would much rather be curled by the sofa under your blanket than slaving over a hot stove for hours on end. Enjoying a pot of fresh soup can take as little as 5 minutes to prepare.

It warms you up: After you've come home from a long day of work, there is nothing like a lovely warm bowl of soup in the winter season. It gives you the chance to really enjoy the heat of the bowl in your hands, the sight of steam rising in front of your eyes and the feeling of it heating you from your lips to your stomach with every spoonful.

It's great if you are on a diet: Soups help you feel fuller for longer without all the extra calories due to its high water content. In preparation for the festive over indulgence that we will all be guilty of over the holidays, a healthy soup is the perfect low calorie meal.

It's a great way to get more vitamins and nutrients: With ingredients such as lentils and beans often packed into pots of fresh soup, as well as leafy greens and vegetables, soup is the perfect way to make sure your body gets all the nutrients, such as fibre, it needs.

Speaking of vegetables: We all know we should be eating more of them, but sometimes it's just not convenient to get your 5 a day. Soup takes away that concern by making it easy and delicious.

It has so many different flavours: The word "soup" spans so many different flavours, ingredients and cuisines. There is no single soup, which means it's impossible to get bored of it. Not feeling a Thai soup today? Why not go for an Italian inspired minestrone instead? Vegan, omnivore, gluten free… there's a soup for everyone.

It's for sharing: When your friends are all gathered at your house for a get together, feeding them all can seem like a daunting task. With soup, this isn't a concern. You can enjoy the company of your guests as a big pot of soup bubbles away on the stove. When it comes time to eat, it's as simple as ladling it into a bowl.

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