Soups on the Alo Diet are very simple.
1. You can have clear broth soups.
2. No soups that are cheese based.
3. Tomato based soups are allowed in phase II in small amounts.
Clear broth soups are cabbage soup, chicken noodle soup (no noodles allowed), french onion soup, egg drop soup, and bouillon.
Cheese based soup contain too much saturated fat and calories and should be avoided.
What about chili and chicken tortilla soup?
These should be avoided in phase I, but can be eaten in moderation in phase II.
Tomato soups contain more carbohydrates than their clear broth counterparts. But you can make them so that they don't raise your blood sugar level as much. Making chicken tortilla soup from scratch and avoiding canned tomato paste or canned tomato sauce will help. Just use fresh chopped tomatoes. And don't add cheese or tortillas to the mixture.
The same goes for chili. Use fresh ingredients, cut down on the amount of tomato paste and sauce, use half as many kidney beans used and use more meat (beef, sausage, etc) and it will not raise your blood sugar as much. If the soupd looks more clear than thick, it is better for you.
You should still only have tomato based soups in small amounts. Don't have 4-5 bowls and think you are eating healthy. They are still forms of liquid sugar and it is easy for your stomach to access these sugars and raise your blood glucose level. You will find out how much you can tolerate when you are in phase II. For some people, a cup of chili per week is not going to matter, but for others that can make a huge difference. It all depends on how sensitive your body is to sugar and insulin.