Winter is here and it’s the perfect time to enjoy warming up with a delicious bowl of soup. As soups are vegetable-based, they are a great way to ensure you’re getting much-needed vitamins and minerals over winter.
Soups also have high water content and are often very low-calorie so they leave you feeling full without having to eat the extra calories often found in heavier winter meals.
Best of all, soups are easy to make, affordable and totally delicious. Here are some of our favorite healthy soup recipes:
This recipe is a delicious and decadent vegetable soup, which is perfect for winter. The inclusion of cauliflower – a known cancer-fighting ingredient, and kale- a nutrient dense super food – makes it the perfect soup to stay healthy this winter.
With winter comes cold and flu season, making it all the more important to up your intake of vitamins and minerals. This healthy and zesty soup boasts carrot and orange which are high in vitamin C, which is a known cold-fighting ingredient, as well as other key minerals such as iron and potassium.
Congee, similar to a soup-style porridge, has often been used in countries like China to help aid digestive issues. Not only does this version help soothe stomachs, the inclusions of ginger and turmeric help fight and reduce symptoms associated with colds and other viruses. Best of all- congee’s heartier consistency makes for a delicious and filling winter meal.
Chicken noodle soup has often been a popular choice of soup for anyone under-the-weather. This is largely due to it having mild anti-inflammatory effects, as well as being able to help reduce congestion. The use of lean proteins and vegetables in chicken noodle soup make it a nutritionally balanced meal to enjoy over winter. This recipe puts a modern spin on the popular soup so you can rediscover your love for it.
Lentils are incredibly high in fibre and protein. This helps you stay fuller for longer and also helps to stabilize blood sugar, making you less likely to crave sugary foods or crash in energy levels during the day. The recipe also includes coconut milk, which is high in flu-fighting vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, iron, sodium and magnesium. Coconut milk is also lactose-free making it perfect for those with allergies and dairy intolerances.
This traditional Tuscan soup is packed full of vegetables and is served with a poached egg on top making it full of sustenance. While the poached egg delivers an intake of lean protein, the inclusion of vegetables like garlic, tomatoes, carrots and mushrooms provides the all-important vitamins and minerals. This recipe also includes thyme, which provides numerous health benefits. Thyme has been found to help alleviate coughing and boost immunity making it the perfect ingredient to fight off the unwanted cold or flu.