On a cold winter day, nothing beats a hearty and warming bowl of soup. There are so many delicious varieties of soup out there that it’s hard for me to pick a favorite!
Unfortunately, some healthy eaters shy away from soup recipes thinking they are loaded with salt, fat and excess calories. This would be true if you only had restaurant bisques and canned soups. However, simple soup recipes can very easily be diet friendly.
Soup recipes are terrific for those looking to be healthier as they are a great way to get in your daily allotment of vegetables and water. To top it all off, having a bowl of healthy soup before a meal will make you less likely to overeat.
To get you started on the warming and delicious path of low calorie soup recipes, here are 10 healthy soup recipes for weight loss for you to try:
Provencal Vegetable Soup: This is definitely one of the tastiest healthy vegetable soup recipes out there. Loaded with more vegetables than you can shake a stick at, this one is easily one of the must-tries, and perfect for vegetarians.
Fresh Homemade Tomato Soup: If you, like me, grew up only having tomato soup out of a can, then you will especially love this flavorful and nutrient-dense vegetable soup dish.
Chicken Noodle Soup: Are there any healthy soup recipes as classic and beloved as chicken noodle soup? This particular version is one of the best chicken soup recipes for you as it is low in sodium and features plenty of vegetables.
Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup: The combo of roasted butternut squash with apples and fresh thyme is down-right delicious. You can give it a little more flare by adding your choice of fresh grated ginger, shallots and curry powder in place of the thyme.
Slow Cooked Detox Soup: This vegetable soup is wildly popular with FaveDiets readers, perhaps because it only includes heart healthy vegetables. Using your slow cooker is an incredibly convenient way to make soups without slaving away over a stove top.
Peasant Soup: Don’t let the name fool you here, as this healthy vegetable soup is anything but ordinary. Sure, it may be a cheap dish to make, but it is definitely one of the better healthy soup recipes out there.
Slow Cooked Potato Soup: The average potato soup recipe is loaded with unhealthy ingredients like bacon and cream. Our version of potato soup is not like those other easy soup recipes, but equally savory and tasty.
Tom Ka Gai Coconut Chicken Soup: This Thai-flavored soup is one of the best healthy chicken soup recipes for those looking to mix things up a bit. With ginger, lemongrass and coconut milk, this chicken soup, by Cheryl Forberg, RD, is most likely very different from the one you grew up eating.
Chicken Tortilla Soup: Just when you thought healthy tortilla soup recipes were a myth, along comes this recipe. So long as you’re smart about your ingredients, even a dish like tortilla soup can be healthy.
Taco Soup: Featuring plenty of vegetables alongside a healthy serving of black beans, this particular pantry-based dish is a surprising addition to a healthy soup recipes list.
Your turn: What’s your favorite type of soup?
Matthew Kaplan is the Editor for FaveDiets.com, a free online resource featuring hundreds of free healthy recipes, healthy cooking tips and loads more. Be sure to check out FaveDiets on Facebook and on Twitter.
December 20th, 2011