Springtime means renewal, and for many that means taking a fresh approach to eating healthier. Count hearty ham and bean soup with a good dose of veggies among the healthy spring offerings.
High school kids in Charleston, South Carolina, helped create a recipe for a ham soup that was recently named among the semi-finalists in a nation-wide contest to create a healthy school lunch dish. The Recipes for Kids Challenge competition is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to end childhood obesity.
Brainstorming about what to add to their submission in the legume category to make it attractive to students, kids on the team suggested adding ham, according to the write-up in the Charleston Post & Courier.
The team, made up of students, a chef, and a representative from Slow Food Charleston and from the Medical University of South Carolina came up with Confetti Soup. Among other things, it incorporates loads of vegetables – including the health-food star, kale – with black eyed peas and turkey ham. And there are many lean ham choices that add great flavor and nutrition to soups and other dishes.
This soup is among five of the semi-finalists in the legumes category. View all 15 semi-final recipes. Try them, then vote for your favorite.
It’s just another great example of why we love ham soup. It’s good and good for you.

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