The chilly winter nights are the perfect time to sit down with a bowl of warm soup, and if you’re on the hunt for some delicious and healthy winter soup recipes, we have you covered.
Read on to discover 5 incredibly simple recipes that tick all those boxes!
Carrot & Ginger Soup
Carrot and ginger soup is one of the best, healthy winter soups you could try. It is light, comforting and packs in the goodness of two delicious and healthy root veggies, making it an excellent dinner option.
Start by sauteing some chopped onions and carrots in a saucepan with some olive oil, ginger and salt. Once they soften, remove them from heat, allow them to cool down a bit before you puree them. Add some stock to this mixture along with the juice of a lemon and bring it to a boil. Garnish with some chopped parsley over the top!
Soothing Lentil Soup
Packed with protein and super flavorful- that’s what this soothing lentil soup is all about. All you need to do is saute the veggies of your choice (carrots, celery, onions, ginger, garlic, cabbage and potatoes are excellent choices) with a bit of oil in a saucepan until they soften. Then add in the spices and herbs of your choice (chillies, turmeric, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper taste great) with some stock and lentils (a mixture of green and red ideally) and cook until the lentils get soft, and that’s pretty much it.
Creamy Mushroom Soup
Mushroom lovers will absolutely dig this easy healthy winter soup recipe. It is perfect for the winters when you’re looking for a simple comfort food recipe you can’t go wrong with. All you need to do is first saute some onions, celery, mushrooms, thyme and garlic in a saucepan with some olive oil until they all soften. Then add some stock into it and allow it to come to a boil.
Using a stick blender, blend the mixture until it becomes smooth, season with salt and pepper and add in some cream before giving it a final stir. That’s it!
Cheesy Chicken Soup
And of course, you just can’t go wrong with chicken soup right? Start by cooking chicken cubes in a bit of butter until they lose their pink colour and remove and set them aside. Add some more butter to the pan, a tablespoon of flour and cook it with some whole milk until the mixture turns creamy. Add in some grated cheese, season with some salt and pepper and add the chicken (shredded) into it. Comfort food at its best!
Italian Meatball Soup
Filling, healthy and super delicious- that’s what this Italian meatball healthy winter soup is all about. A great alternative to spaghetti and meatballs. Start by sauteing some carrots and celery in a pot and adding in some broth, tomato paste, pepper, salt and chopped garlic and cook for 10-15 minutes. Now add in some meatballs (sear them in a pan with a bit of olive oil before) and cook for an additional 2-5 minutes. Serve hot! check out my Italian meatball soup recipe for an easy to follow guide.
More healthy soup recipes
I have a huge guide of healthy soups you can read including creamy mushroom soup and carrot, ginger and orange soup. What is your favourite healthy winter soup?
How to have a healthy winter this year
If you are planning how to feel good this winter then you need to add a healthy diet to that. Whether you follow a weight loss plan or just eat a little healthier it should be easy to plan a healthier winter. A few simple swaps like grilled chicken instead of fried chicken could make all the difference.
Soup is always a popular winter meal but not always filling. Pasta soups can help and become a staple on your winter meal plan alongside the classic beef stew.
Are you starting the day with a healthy filling breakfast? Try overnight oats or baked oats for a good start to the day as an alternative to porridge and I am sure you won’t feel hungry until lunch. Why not pop your tea in the slow cooker at the same time as you make breakfast to save time? Most recipes can easily be adapted for the slow cooker.
If you hate meal planning I have winter meal plans that could help you, why not take a look at the warming winter meal plan? If you need a big boost then my syn free meal plan might be perfect too.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on nutrients too with things like cranberry juice drinks and ensuring any recipes you make have plenty of vegetables.