Souping is the new juicing. Soups have less sugar than juices, are warming and comforting at this time of year, plus they can be packed with veggies, protein and whole grains for added nutrient value and blood sugar management. While juice cleanses may be a thing of the past, souping is the cleanse du jour!
Kabocha, also called Japanese pumpkin, has a delectably sweet, creamy flesh. Slow-roasting this squash really brings out maximum flavor. If kabocha is not available in your area, feel free to subsitute an equal weight of acorn squash. Although acorn squash won't be as sweet, you can add a few drops of maple syrup to the mix to make up for it. Do add in all the toppings, though, which provide great flavor and texture to the soup.
The slightly sweet flavor of adzuki beans pairs beautifully with earthy miso and mushrooms in this soup. Take care to dissolve miso into a bit of broth at the end of cooking and add to the soup off the heat. By avoiding boiling the miso, you’ll preserve the beneficial enzymes and bacteria.
A hot bowl of stracciatella is the perfect antidote to a chill in the bones. Stracciatella means “little rags” in Italian and pertains to the straggly ribbons formed when eggs are drizzled in and cooked. Often, pastina is used in this soup, but beans are a heartier and less processed substitute. Parmesan rind adds an amazing savory quality, but freshly grated cheese will also do the trick.
Our healthy take on chicken soup will have you feeling better in no time.
Few things can instantly warm you up on a cool day like a comforting bowl of soup. Forget sodium-filled canned varieties and put together our spiced cauliflower soup, enlivened with turmeric, cardamom and saffron, with only 15 minutes of hands-on work.
Chill Out with Chickpeas: Chickpeas to help relieve stress? Yes! In fact, chickpeas are a good source of tryptophan, an essential amino acid that your body needs to make protein. High-tryptophan foods play a role in boosting your mood, and tryptophan is even used therapeutically to help treat anxiety, depression and sleep disorders.
Earthy lentils, a staple in many meatless diets, give this simple yet hearty soup a substantial helping of protein and fiber. Unlike larger legumes, there’s no need to presoak lentils before adding them – just pick out any pebbles or broken pieces and give them a rinse in a sieve. Sauté the onions and garlic for the soup while you prep the rest of the veggies – then set the slow cooker and go.
We’ve packed this soup with a triple-punch of greens – kale, Swiss chard and spinach. These greens contain antioxidants that help fight against oxidative stress and may help in the prevention of cancer. We’ve also added a finishing touch of pepitas (also known as pumpkin seeds), toasted with aromatic turmeric and ginger.
Aromatic soup with green peas, cool mint and fresh basil contrasts with zesty orange sautéed shrimp in this light meal.
This carrot and ginger soup is packed with fiber and requires only 20 minutes of prep.
While tortilla soup is usually made with cooked chicken, spicy sausage gives it a fiery kick. The garnishes are the key to making this soup healthier: Radishes and cabbage add fiber and vitamins, while the tortilla strips add complex carbohydrates and a satisfying crunch.
This cool, colorful soup is the perfect way to celebrate summer's best sweet corn and plump grape tomatoes.
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