The winter can be a tough time to stay healthy and keep in motion, but your diet can do wonders for your overall health. Luckily, you do not have to choose between delicious food and your health. You can easily stay warm and toasty all winter long with healthy and delicious soups. Some soups can even make you feel better when winter has gotten the best of you and you have succumbed to a cold or worse yet, the flu. Not all soups are made equal. If you are looking for some delicious healthy soup alternatives, read on, and if you want to talk about your overall health and fitness plan come into your local Five Seasons Family Sports Club today.
Spicy Bean Soup
If you are a vegetarian, finding delicious soups that you can enjoy can be tough, especially since so many soups start with a chicken or beef broth base. Start by sautéing onions, celery, carrots, bell peppers, and garlic until the onions start to become translucent. Add in spices and flavors such as chili powder, coriander, cumin, and oregano to your preferred spice level. Stir in some tomatoes and salt, add the broth, garbanzo beans, cannellini beans, and lentils and you have a solid base cooking. Adding in fresh vegetables like broccoli and squash and you are on your way to having a delicious and healthy soup. If you would like the full recipe click here.
Miso Soup is an Asian staple that is both extremely delicious and feels great on your body. If you or your family get sick this winter, few things are as tasty and helpful as miso soup. Not only that, but miso soup is one of the quickest and easiest soups to make. Overall, your prep time should only be about 5 minutes and your cook time can be as quick as 10 minutes. All you will need is 5 cups of dashi (an Asian broth), brown miso paste, white miso paste, firm tofu, scallions, and sweetened rice wine (optional). Simply heat the Dashi, whisk in the miso pastes, allow your broth to simmer and add the tofu, scallions, and rice wine. After that, you just remove your soup from the heat and serve it immediately.
Tomato Basil Soup
Tomato Basil Soup, much like miso soup, is one of the easier soups to make, though it is the least healthy soup on our list. All you will need to make this soup is unsalted butter, an onion, chicken stock, water, and salt. Simply melt the butter over medium heat, add the onions, water, tomatoes, and salt and simmer. Cook for about 40 minutes and then blend the soup to achieve the creaminess you are looking for.
Soups are a great way to stay warm, stave off illnesses, and eat healthily through the cold of winter. It is important to pair your soups with healthy pre and post workout foods to keep your body running smoothly. If you would like to learn more about how to take your diet to the next level, come into your local Five Seasons today.