I don’t know about you, but once the holidays are over, I’m over the treats and I’m ready for veggies.
One of the best ways to increase my veggie intake during these last few chilly months is through soup. Soup is wonderful for a variety of reasons. For starters, it’s a great way to use up what’s left in the fridge. Veggies that are nearing their time can be salvaged and made good as new when you use them in soups. Second, soup is a bargain. The bulk of soups is typically vegetables, grains, pulses, or leftover meat, all typically cheap ingredients or ways use up leftovers. Third, most soups, including all of the ones here, are incredibly healthy! Slow cooking your food can help draw out vitamins and minerals, and consuming well-cooked foods helps you to easily digest your food.
So if you’re like me, and are feeling a little post-holiday lethargic, get yourself set up for a healthy, energized year with these nutrient-rich, health-boosting soups!
Turmeric was the health buzzword of 2016 for good reason. Known for its powerful medicinal properties, anti-inflammatory compounds, and antioxidant capacity, people love it for more than the rich curry taste it infuses into dishes and drinks–golden milk, anyone? Paired with the plant-based protein of lentils and high fibre content of the ancient grain farro, the curry-esque soup truly is the healing concoction you need to bring you into a healthy, happy new year.
Feeling a little less than your best after the holiday season? Between the extra treats, the drop-in regular healthy meals, and the frigid winter we’re experiencing this year, I can think of no better time for a immune-boosting soup. A potent ginger soup will help soothe a sore throat, fight cold viruses, and reduce pain or fever. It’s also a sedative, meaning that it will help you relax so that you can rest easier. Not sick? Make a batch of this soup to keep it that way!
This vegetarian soup is filled with coconut milk creaminess, curried cauliflower florets, kale, and rice. With its high fibre, folate, and magnesium content, we all know that kale has served as a well-loved leafy green. However, cauliflower may well be the unsung health hero in this soup recipe. This cruciferous veggie contains powerful antioxidants, and glucosinolates, which work to improve our cardiovascular, digestive, immune, inflammatory, and detoxification systems. Pairing these vitamin rich veggies with coconut milk, rice, and spices leaves with a rich, creamy, and satisfying bowl of healthy goodness for the last chilly bit of winter.
We love slow cooker soups because they are mega simple; they enrich flavour, and the act of slow cooking meat typically draws out a larger amount of vitamins and minerals. This hearty brew, filled with healthy slow-cooked beef, vegetables, and our favourite underdog grain, barley, which contains fiber, selenium, B vitamins, copper, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, and niacin. The best part? You can literally throw your ingredients into the crock pot while you make your breakfast, and by evening your dinner is served!
The Green Goddess soup is a clean-eating, illness-fighting machine. Filled with nutrient rich ingredients like sweet potatoes, broccoli, and kale, the soup also contains healthy doses of garlic and ginger, important immune boosting foods. Don’t be scared off by the green hue, this soup might be just what the doctor ordered to get back to basics after an indulgent holiday season.
What are your go-to soup recipes for when you need a health boost? Share below!