Soup is one of the easiest ways to get a lot of nutrition in a very small bowl (or large bowl if you prefer)! 😉 Since I know that many of you are looking for healthy soup recipes, especially in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, I wanted to find some really good ones for you.
The fun thing about soup is that once you get one delicious, simple, healthy recipe, you can make tons of other similar, but different, and equally as healthy soup recipes! (Post may contain affiliate links).
The following delicious recipes should get your creative (and gastric) juices flowing.
These 10 healthy soups will help you keep within your calorie goals. PLUS they will provide you and your family with much-needed immunity against the illnesses of the season. For example, colds, flu, and the cursed COVID19 virus.
Low Calorie Soups
Healthy Vegetable Soup Recipes – The soups included in my free “kid-friendly vegetable soup recipes” booklet are the perfect way to get started on making soup. These recipes are simple, quick, and easy. The ingredients are similar except for the type of vegetable and seasoning/herb used. Thus, you don’t have to have any special ingredients on-hand, which makes them budget-friendly as well.
These healthy recipes are derived from an older Better Homes and Garden Cookbook I own and are complete with appropriate seasoning for each soup. Our favorites are broccoli, potato and mushroom.
How To Control for Calories
I just love cream soups. So, one of the things I do is use 2% or nonfat milk instead of whole milk. For example, 1 cup whole milk contains 150 calories, while 1 cup of nonfat milk contains only 90 calories.
This is an easy, painless way to cut calories. However, if nonfat is too extreme, you can use 2% milk which will still save you 10 calories per cup of milk. And it all adds up over time!
Healthy Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Speaking of broccoli soup… My favorite way to make Healthy Broccoli Cheddar Soup is to follow the recipe in my vegetable soup booklets and just add cheese. However, here is another recipe for you to try:
Broccoli-Cheese Soup Recipe – One of the things I like about this recipe is that it has carrots added in. And remember, even if the recipe doesn’t call for it, you can always puree the ingredients to make a smooth texture. This is especially helpful if you have kids with sensory issues to food.
Healthy Mushroom Soup – The mushroom soup recipe in my kid-friendly recipe booklet is the best! This is especially true if you use fresh mushrooms. And if you choose mushrooms that have grown in UV lighting, they will be an excellent source of vitamin D. Again, however, I want you to have choices. So, here is another recipe:
Healthy Butternut Squash Soup
The thing that is awesome about Butternut Squash (or any kind of winter squash, including acorn and pumpkin) is that it is SUPER high in vitamin A.
Healthy Chicken Noodle Soup – Everyone loves chicken noodle soup. And there is actual evidence that chicken noodle soup is therapeutic in treating colds and flu. When my husband makes chicken soup, he simply cuts some celery, onions, carrots, and uses leftover rotisserie chicken and chicken base. Sometimes, if he has them on hand, he will use a half package of frozen mixed vegetables as well.
Most basic soup recipes say to use 8-10 cups of water. But this is not set in stone, so you can add water to taste. Also, you can experiment with different types of noodles and pasta. Though I have found that the only type of noodles that don’t soak up all of the broth are egg noodles. I prefer to use whole wheat ones if I can find them.
You can also use brown rice for chicken rice soup!
I created this recipe which is technically lentil stew. However, when I created it, I intended it to be soup. Stew, soup, what’s the difference?! But seriously, if you want soup, you can add more water! 😉 Lentils are an excellent source of Folate, B vitamins, fiber, magnesium and more good stuff.
Click here for my Healthy Lentil Stew Recipe. (By the way, the recipe is at the bottom of the article, so scroll down if you don’t feel like reading the article).
Here is another healthy lentil soup recipe for you to try:
Lentil Soup Recipe from Allrecipes.com – The cool thing about Allrecipes.com is that there are usually several variations of the same recipes. So if this one doesn’t suit your fancy, you can look for another similar one!
Healthy Crockpot Soup
Most, if not all of these soups can be made in a crockpot. Remember a crockpot is simply a slow-cooker. So, if you choose to make a soup in a crockpot, just make sure you start the recipe early enough in the day. This will make sure it’s ready in time for dinner. Usually 4 hours at high or 6 hours at low setting will do just fine!
Healthy Tomato Soup Recipe – My husband made a delicious, healthy, tomato vegetable soup recipe awhile ago. You can find the recipe by clicking here. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for the recipe, unless you want to read about the Benefits of Breastfeeding first!
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