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Super Soups

Super SoupsIf the chilly fall days have you hankering for a steamy bowl of soup, you’re not alone. Soup is the cold weather comfort in a bowl. If you choose wisely, it does a body good. Plus, it’s easy to make and budget-friendly.

Homemade soups can be a one-pot stop for healthy eating if you choose the right the ingredients. Soups with a lot of veggies and/or beans and not a lot of sodium are your best bet. They are low in fat and high in fiber. And, they fill you up faster and keep you satisfied longer, meaning you’ll be less likely to snack.

Go ahead and get creative. Add chicken, lean meat, fish and whole grains to the pot. Switch up the flavor with herbs and spices. When you find a recipe you like, cook up a big batch and freeze it for quick grab-and-go meals (or nights when cooking a meal just isn’t going to happen.)

In the Can

Canned soups are super convenient. They can be healthy, too, as long as you shop smart. “Avoid cream-based soups and soup that are high in sodium,” Dr. Ancy advises.

Skip Souping

Souping is quickly replacing juicing as a healthy way to detox. But, don’t jump on the bandwagon. Soup cleanses can be just as dangerous as other detox diets. Healthy weight loss takes time, and sipping soup as part of your regular diet may help you reach your goal a little faster.

Dr. Ancy’s Favorite Homemade Soup

“It’s a Vitamix® recipe, but you can use any high-speed blender.”

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound carrots, halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and quartered
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 oranges, peeled and halved
  • ¼ inch orange peel
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pot, sauté carrots, onions and ginger in olive oil until soft.
  2. Add 2 cups of broth, and simmer until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Place the oranges, orange peel and cooked vegetable mixture into a Vitamix or high-speed blender container and secure the lid.
  4. If using a Vitamix, select Variable 1. If using another blender, choose a low blending speed.
  5. Turn on the blender, and slowly increase power to the highest speed.
  6. Blend for 30-45 seconds until smooth.
  7. Use the remaining 2 cups of broth to adjust the consistency to your liking.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Pour into your favorite soup bowls and serve.

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