When the weather outside is frightful, there is nothing more delightful than warm soup. Soup is one of the best (and healthiest!) meals a girl can eat, and in the fall and winter months, it just seems to hit the spot. Here are seven of the healthiest and tastiest soups for fall.
1. Healthy Soups: Roasted Red Pepper
Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup
Calories: 110 per cup
Whoever thought of combining creamy tomatoes with roasted bell peppers in a soup was a genius! Besides being incredibly tasty, this soup is high in vitamin C and lycopene, which can help give you an immune boost during cold and flu season. This meal is also a good choice for those who are watching their waistline, as it is low in calories.
2. Healthy Soups: Butternut Squash
Butternut Squash Soup
Calories: 100 per cup
Nothing screams fall quite like butternut squash soup! High in vitamins A and C, this soup can help lower blood pressure due to its high potassium content. Butternut squash is also rich is folate, which can help prevents birth defects in pregnant women.
3. Healthy Soups: Tortilla
Calories: 120 per cup
Looking for some soup with a little kick? Go for tortilla soup! Besides being high in vitamins and minerals, tortilla soup can help soothe a sore throat because of the cayenne pepper and spices. This soup is also low in fat and high in protein, which can help give you more energy through out the day.
4. Healthy Soups: Pumpkin
Calories: 87 per cup
A seasonal favorite, pumpkin soup is a great way to stay warm on a cool fall day. This soup is high in beta-carotene, which boosts the immune system and helps to repair free radical damage. Pumpkin is also rich in vitamin C and potassium, giving your body some essential nutrients.
5. Healthy Soups: Vegetable
Calories: 49 per cup
Veggie soup, with green beans, zucchini, carrots, celery, squash, and broccoli, is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Past studies have determined that vegetable soup can help fight cell damage and major illnesses, so make sure to load your soup with tons of veggies and chow down.
6. Healthy Soups: Chicken Noodle
Chicken Noodle Soup
Calories: 130 per cup
Fighting a cold or flu? Reach for chicken noodle soup! Research shows those who consume this soup when under the weather tend to get better faster. A favorite of kids and adults alike, you may want to stock up on this soup for the next time you feel a little tickle in your throat. It may be just what the doctor ordered!
7. Healthy Soups: Split Pea
Split Pea With Ham
Calories: 96 per cup
Many people tend to shy away from split pea soup cause they are intimidated by the thick green texture. Well fear not, this soup is quite delicious and extremely healthy. Made by simmering peas with carrots, onions, and diced ham, this soup is great for those who are looking a daily dose of vitamins and minerals – particularly potassium and vitamin K, which helps your blood to clot and your bones to keep strong as you age. Split pea soup is also high in fiber, which is important for digestive health.