10 Hearty Superfood-Packed Soup Recipes
Soup season is here at last
Nothing says fall has arrived like a steaming bowl of hearty soup. Some people celebrate soup season the way others celebrate the arrival of spring. Count us among those who celebrate a really good pot of homemade soup.
But be aware - these recipes are more than just your average soup. Each one contains the hidden power of the superfoods they're packed with to help you stay healthy all winter.
Avocados, which are in season right now, are not only rich, creamy and delicious, they also provide healthy fats, including omega-3 and omega-6.
Delicious soup that's also good for you. That's the benefit of this delicious bowl of flavorful soup.
The humble head of garlic is more than it appears at first glance. It can fight cancer and cardiovascular disease, and it contains anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties.
Try this delicious roasted garlic soup. Just be careful who you kiss afterward.
A mere cup of cooked lentils delivers 16 grams of appetite-curbing fiber and 18 grams of protein, plus adds up to just 220 calories with virtually no fat.
Try this lentil soup with chunks of potato and ham as the ideal supper for chilly nights.
Carrots help with anti-aging. Famous for their high content of beta-carotene, they also contain valuable antioxidants.
Tip: Serve in black bowls and you'll have the perfect Halloween meal already set.
Leeks are in the same family as garlic and onions and share the same heart healthy benefits by supporting your cardiovascular system.
This soup is rich with potatoes and the leeks add a flavorful touch.
Quinoa is high in fiber and high-quality protein, containing more protein than any other grain while also packing in iron and potassium. One half cup of quinoa has 14 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber. It's naturally gluten free.
Try this beef-broth based vegetable soup recipe from Whole Foods for a hearty yet healthy meal.
Tomatoes are packed with lycopene, an antioxidant that gives them their red color and may also have a role to play in lowering the risk of cancer.
Try this sherried tomato soup, from The Pioneer Woman, no less, and you'll be amazed at how sweet and delectable tomatoes can be in a creamy soup. No more canned tomato soup for you after tasting this recipe.
Salmon is a superfood because it's high in omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat that decreases the risk of heart disease. It's also a prime source of protein and contains vitamin A and B vitamins.
When making this chowder, add fresh dill or dried tarragon to enhance the flavor. Each herb lends its own distinctive character to the soup. Instant mashed potatoes give this soup a creaminess without any added cream or butter.
Blueberries are known for their antioxidant power. They are so rich in phytonutrients that even though they are not filled with the antioxidant vitamins C and E, they still provide as much antioxidant protection to the body as 1,733 IU of vitamin E and more than 1200 milligrams of vitamin C.
Soup for dessert? Absolutely. This chilled recipe gives the flavor of summer despite the cool temps outside.
Black beans are nutritious and packed with fiber. One study showed that black beans prevented DNA damage in mice. They provide cancer-fighting benefits and also contain anthocyanins, which is said to ward off Parkinson’s disease.
A bowl of this soup is incredibly filling, and a dollop of yogurt adds a creamy richness and cuts the heat of the chiles.