Soups represent a quick and easy way to prepare a healthy start to a meal. Many of them can simmer on the stove while you are busy preparing the rest of the items. If you’re just having soup they can be whipped up in a hurry and ready to eat in a matter of minutes. Best of all they are easy to keep healthy, since they rely heavily on vegetables and other wholesome ingredients. Here are enough healthy soup recipes to last you a month!
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1. Tomato and Fava Soup – Tomatoes are widely known as being a food that’s really good for you, and the addition of fava beans gives added fiber. The other ingredients in this soup are very healthy for you, and what you’re left with is a nice start to a meal, or even a quick meal all by itself. Any time you start combining foods that each have their own healthy properties, you end up making an even healthier hybrid.
2. Healthy Broccoli and Cheese Soup – This is one of those soups that you usually have to give up when you’re watching what you eat because of the cheese and the cream. But here is a healthy version that will have you all of the flavor, without the guilt. This is suitable for plenty of diets, including Paleo, Vegan, and low-fat. The cheese is only used as a garnish, so you get to control the amount and type of cheese you use.
3. Green Lentils With Coriander – Lentils are a food item that is often overlooked, but has plenty of health benefits, including added fiber. They are included in the book The Four Hour Body as a great slow carb. Turmeric is used and this is a superspice that has been shown to increase your metabolism. The coriander leaves add a nice flavor that your taste buds might not be used to.
4. Curried Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup – Squash and pumpkin combine here for plenty of fiber as well as a good helping of vitamins and minerals. It also uses milk for its creamy texture, and you can adjust the fat level as you see fit. The curry powder acts to give it a nice flavor, and overall this is going to have a silky consistency that makes it a joy to eat.
5. Multiple Personality Artichoke Arugula Soup – Artichokes are a wonderful food to eat, but it’s sometimes hard to come up with ways to fit more into your diet. They use tofu in this, which will help to give it a nice creamy texture without using cream. The arugula is going to give it a burst of extra flavor, and should play nicely with the artichokes. Overall this is a healthy, hearty meal starter with no meat or animal products.
6. 5 Minute Miso Stew – Miso soup is a staple in Japan and there is plenty of supporting evidence showing how good it is for you. You just can’t beat a soup that will be ready in five minutes, and that is also good for you. That’s like healthy fast food! The trick is they’re using a packet of miso soup mix, which makes the miso part really easy. Just add the other ingredients and you’re all set.
7. Seasoned Indian Style Lentil Soup – If you’re a fan of Indian food but don’t know exactly how to make it, this is a good entry-level recipe that will have you making a soup that captures all of that flavor. Lentils go great in soup because they get nice and tender while they’re simmering. They also add thickness to the soup so you really feel like you’re having a meal.
8. Yellow Peas Creamy Soup – Usually you’re told to try to avoid cream based soups when you’re trying to be more healthy, but this is one you don’t have to skip. The yellow peas give this a nice color and are the foundation, but they also end up adding a dollop of sour cream – you could use Greek Yogurt instead – and they top it with croutons for a yummy addition and nice presentation.
9. Salmon & Cauliflower Soup with Egg – This is an interesting combination, using both fish and an egg together. It provides a big protein boost to your day, but also combines a starchy vegetable with the cauliflower, so you can eat this as a meal and feel satisfied for a long time. Onions and carrots get added to the mix, and round out this meal in a bowl.
10. Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons – Tomato basil is one of the more popular soups, and there’s no denying that those two ingredients go well together. The surprise twist to this recipe is that you put a single cube of grilled cheese sandwich right on top. This gives the classic taste of grilled cheese dunked in tomato soup, but without the burden to the waistline that an entire grilled cheese sandwich provides. Be sure to follow the directions on the grilled cheese so it turns out picture perfect.
11. Minestrone Soup – Here’s a classic soup that provides plenty of nutrients and vitamins, tastes great, and won’t weigh you down. It’s a very popular option for restaurants, and a great lead in to a meal. You’ve got carbs from the pasta, and plenty of vegetables and herbs in this. The only thing that’s missing to make it a meal is a protein. A chicken breast would go nicely with it, if you wanted to round it out.
12. Hurry Up I Don’t Feel Good Chicken Noodle Soup – When you or someone you love is not feeling good the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time getting this feel-good food ready. This recipe not only keeps things really healthy, but it gets it ready in a matter of minutes so you can start the healing sooner. Studies have shown that the old wive’s tale of chicken soup helping a sick person actually has validity to it.
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