Baby, it’s cold outside, and that means it’s soup season! While you may want to reach for the canned variety on your next visit to the grocery store, opt for a homemade recipe. Fresh is much tastier, plus, you know each ingredient that goes into the pot.
Whether you like chicken noodle or plain old tomato, there’s a soup for everyone. As a bonus, many of the following healthy recipes contain ingredients you might already have in your fridge or cupboards — no need to run out into the cold with a shopping list!
This Italian soup is under 300 calories a bowl and is perfect on a cold winter night. Plus, your kids probably won’t notice that the meatballs are turkey!
The recipe involves several different steps, including making the meatballs, broth and tortellini. It also calls for a variety of ingredients. However, they should all be easy to find at your local grocery store. You can also make everything with one or two pots, which means no pile of dishes to clean later!
Healthy and delicious, this recipe’s version of minestrone includes zucchini and basil. High in fiber and only 111 calories per bowl, this soup will keep you feeling full for hours. It will also warm you up if you’re feeling a bit chilly. It’s full of savory flavor from tomatoes, herbs and white wine. Finish it off with high-quality olive oil and freshly grated parmesan cheese for a meal that everyone will love.
While quinoa isn’t low carb, it is an excellent source of fiber, protein, vitamins and antioxidants. Plus, the grain gives the soup a unique texture and makes it much more filling than broth-based ones. This recipe is incredibly easy and only requires a few simple ingredients. Store in the fridge for three days — or in the freezer for a month — for a weekly dinner that’s guaranteed to be a hit.
It’s super healthy, but you’d never know. This creamy cauliflower soup is easy to make, not to mention it’s delicious. The recipe calls for eight ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboards, such as salt, garlic, onions and vegetable broth. Plus, you only need a blender and a pot to make it. Once finished, eat to your heart’s desire because each bowl totals just 33 calories!
This golden soup is the key to staying warm — and fit— this winter. Full of protein and antioxidants, it contains cashews, cauliflower, chickpeas, turmeric and more. The best part? It only takes 25 minutes to make. Oh, and did we mention it only contains 180 calories per serving? If you decide to make this yummy soup, be careful with the amount of turmeric you use, as the taste can be powerful if you’re not used to the flavor.
After the holidays, it’s good to detox your body from all the junk you likely indulged in. If you’re looking to cleanse your digestive tract and reset, this broccoli soup is the ideal solution. Plus, it only requires five simple ingredients. Dress up the finished product with avocado, parsley or cheese for some added texture and flavor — or simply eat it plain!
Bright red and packed full of flavor, this tomato artichoke soup will lighten up any gray winter day. At only 236 calories per serving, this warm and saucy recipe is both healthful and flavorful. The ingredient list contains basic Italian foods and condiments, like garlic, bay leaves, basil and parmesan cheese. You can also follow the instructions for making fresh garlic croutons.
This soup is full of lentils, vegetables, lemon and chicken to fight off that annoying winter cold and keep you healthy all winter long. One serving totals just 223 calories and 24 grams of protein. A dash of turmeric adds a punch of flavor, and a tablespoon of minced ginger will alleviate pain and nausea. If you or your family are feeling under the weather, give this recipe a try.
Soup Is Comfort Food — Learn How to Make It Healthy
‘Tis the season for chunky, oversized sweaters, cozy blankets and warm comfort foods. However, no one said your favorite dishes have to be unhealthy. The next time you feel the urge to make a big bowl of mac and cheese or order Chinese takeout, consider giving one of these healthy soup recipes a try.
From filling quinoa soup to zesty tomato artichoke, you might find these dishes more satisfying than the carb-loaded alternatives. Why not try a new recipe each week and keep a list of your favorites? With the right food, you’ll stay full, warm and healthy all winter long.