Which Creamy Vegetable Soup is the Healthiest?

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Which Creamy Vegetable Soup is the Healthiest?

Last update: 18 May, 2021

Anyone who likes soups has surely wondered which is the healthiest creamy vegetable soup out there. Particularly when it comes to losing weight (or maintaining it).

While many recipes are usually a good balance of the food groups, others are packed with calories. Thus, it’s important to take their ingredients and method of preparation into account before eating them freely.

Recipes that include cheese and even certain types of sausages are usually quite heavy. Thus, you must eat them in moderation. This is because they shouldn’t be a constant in any diet, only a sporadic option.

It’s always best to take advantage of those dishes you can make with seasonal vegetables. Mainly because the nutritional value is quite high. Also, they mustn’t have an excess of fat, carbs, and sodium.

In addition, keep in mind that the most important thing about a creamy vegetable soup is to it’s a wholesome dish made with natural ingredients. Thus, avoid the use of frozen vegetables or commercial broths.

As you can see, the healthiest creamy vegetable soup is the one you make at home and contains moderate amounts of salt and fat.

How to make a good healthy creamy vegetable soup?

You can replace saturated fats with other delicious ones such as olive oil and use them in small quantities. Also, use feta cheese or tofu instead of greasy cheeses, you’ll obtain a similar effect.

Furthermore, plant-based drinks, such as coconut milk, are a decent substitute for cream or cow’s milk. In turn, small pieces of fish or poultry are a better option than processed sausages.

In addition, nuts and whole-grain toast are good alternatives if you like the crunchy effect of toasted or fried bread.

Instead of cream for thickening, add potatoes. Use spices such as coriander, chives, and basil for more flavor.

A creamy vegetable soup doesn’t always need salt to taste good. In fact, there are some that don’t even need a pinch of salt added, only some herbs or spices.

Garlic, chili, lemon juice, thyme, and turmeric are seasonings you can use instead of salt.

According to experts at the Geriatric Institute, the healthiest spices are cumin, cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick, ginger, mustard, saffron, dill, and pepper.

Some healthy creamy vegetable soups

The following recipes will help you enjoy some tasty and healthy dishes and inspire you to come up with some of your own. Check them out!

Important note: The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends moderation in your consumption of salt.

Creamy pumpkin soup

A bowl of pumpkin soup.

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this soup:

 

Ingredients

  • 1 leek
  • olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 small onion
  • A medium pumpkin
  • 1 potato or a ripe apple
  • 6 c. of vegetable broth
  • 1 natural yogurt 
  • Condiments: Pepper (to taste), salt, cilantro, and any other herbs you like
  • Optional: Dried fruit, feta cheese, or tofu 

Preparation

  • First, peel the pumpkin, take the seeds out and cut it into small pieces
  • Sauté in olive oil and store
  • Sauté the onion, leek and chopped garlic then add the herbs, salt, and pepper
  • Add the pumpkin and potato or chopped apple
  • Then, add the vegetable broth and cook it for 10 to 15 minutes
  • Add the yogurt and the rest of the ingredients and then blend it
  • Garnish it with dried fruit, feta cheese, or tofu, and sprinkle it with basil

Creamy leek soup

A bowl of creamy soup.

 

Ingredients

  • 4 leeks
  • Olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 natural yogurt
  • 4 c. of vegetable broth
  • Condiments: Pepper and a pinch of salt
  • 1 medium potato or ripe apple
  • Optional: Dried fruits and fresh basil 

Preparation

  • Wash and cut the leeks
  • Cut the onion julienne style and sauté in olive oil, then, add the leeks, the potato, or chopped apple and continue to sauté
  • Continue sauteing and add the salt and pepper and then the vegetable broth and cook it until soft
  • Let it simmer; then add the yogurt and blend it all and then garnish it with dried fruits and finely chopped basil 

Creamy vegetable soup

A bowl of cream of vegetables.
This traditional Andalusian dish is perfect with fruit.

Ingredients

  • 2 leeks
  • 1 carrot
  • Olive oil
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 2 c. of spinach 
  • 1 natural yogurt
  • 4 c. of vegetable broth
  • Condiments: Pepper and a pinch of salt
  • Optional: dried fruits and finely chopped basil (to taste)

Preparation

  • Sauté the leeks, zucchini, and carrot In the olive oil and cut into pieces
  • Add the spinach, also chopped, salt and pepper, and continue to sauté for a bit over a medium flame
  • Then, pour in the vegetable broth and cook for about 15 minutes
  • Add the yogurt and blend it until you attain the desired consistency
  • Garnish it with a little bit of olive oil and add the dried fruits and the basil

Whenever you can, enjoy a good cream of vegetables

Creamy vegetable soups vary according to their ingredients and each one of them has its own particular flavor and nutrients. Thus, add them to your regular diet, they’ll be a comfort to your belly.

Be sure to always eat these soups with another dish so as not to go hungry and be anxious between meals.

Consult a nutritionist to tell you what’s best for you in order to lose weight or achieve a specific goal. It all depends on the needs of your body.

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