With fall upon us we are gravitating towards the comforts of this season. We are enjoying more time at home, bundling up in sweaters, and getting ready to enjoy a bit of comfort food. If you define this season with comfort food then you are not alone. Who doesn’t love a hot bowl of soup on a cool fall day? If you love your soup then you’ll be thrilled to know that there are some healthy options in this category.
The best part of a good veggie soup is that it’s fat free and loaded with tons of fiber and very little calories. There are many vegetable soup recipes out there, but this one is fat free:
Start with 2 cans of tomato sauce and 1 larger can of whole tomatoes, throw into pan and turn to medium heat.
Chop up and throw in as many vegetables that you like including:
Throw in two packages of fat free chicken or vegetable bouillon powder and seasonings including dill, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Simmer until all veggies are cooked and soft, usually about 45 minutes or longer on a low heat. Enjoy!
Add A Little Meat
You can also go for a low fat meat based soup. This is so filling that even the men in your life will enjoy it and yet it’s low fat. This is loaded with protein, fiber, and has the right blend of vegetables. We call this Turkey Tuscan Soup and you will love it!
In a separate pan brown a package of ground turkey and some onions. Drain and set aside.
Start with a box of low sodium and fat free chicken broth, put in pot with some water and start on a medium heat. Add in cooked ground turkey and onion mixture and get ready to throw in other ingredients.
As the soup starts to simmer on a medium heat throw in spinach, cooked acorn squash, and a can of drained cannellini beans. Throw in your favorite seasonings, ones that work well with this include basil, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper.
Let the soup cook on a medium heat until blended well, about 1 hour on a lower heat.
This is so substantial that it doesn’t feel low fat and everyone will gobble it on up!
Soup to Warm Your Days
Many of us enjoy soup but the versions that are out there are full of fat. You can cut back on the fat for almost any soup recipe. You can also bump up the nutritional quotient if you add in plenty of chopped vegetables, beans for fiber, and a low fat and lean protein. Think about what will help to make it substantial and add to making it a healthy option. Cut out the fat very simply by getting rid of high sodium or high fat bases or broths, opt for low fat and low sodium versions or use a tomato sauce base.
If you put some thought into it you are bound to enjoy the soup more as you will know that it’s good for you too! This is the perfect time of year for soup so enjoy it and just be smart about how you prepare it. Soup is good for you and can help to warm you up on those brisk fall days!
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