It doesn’t have to be cold out to enjoy a good nourishing soup. Some soups pair perfectly with salads and sandwiches while others are complete meals in themselves. Whether you like a smooth puree or a chunky feast, there are soups just right for your taste buds.

Before choosing your soup, first and foremost, consider the freshness. A homemade soup of nearly any kind will be far more nutritious than a canned choice. Restaurants and delis often serve soup made the same day. Consider preparing yours in a slow-cooker in the morning for you to enjoy in the evening.

One of the joys and benefits of soup is that it’s eaten only a spoonful at a time. This slows the pace of your meal so you can truly savor your soup and potentially eat less. Taking time to enjoy your food helps nourish the soul and provides a chance to unplug for a while.

Here are our seasonal suggestions for soup year-round, though you can work in your favorites (except high-fat, cream-based bisques) anytime:

Fall  

  • Butternut Squash
  • Roasted Red Pepper
  • Carrot Ginger
  • Potato
  • Split Pea
  • Lentil
  • White Chicken Chili
  • Bean and Ham
  • French Onion

Winter  

  • Chowders – Clam, Corn, Artichoke
  • Chili
  • Minced Stew
  • Pho
  • Albondigas
  • Chicken Tortilla
  • Pozole

Spring 

  • Chicken Noodle
  • Chicken Wild Rice
  • Cream of Mushroom
  • Cream of Broccoli
  • Cream of Asparagus
  • Tortellini
  • Italian Wedding
  • Beef Ragu
  • Beef Vegetable Barley

Summer 

  • Cold – Gazpacho, Yogurt Cucumber, Vichyssoise
  • Tomato
  • Thai curry shrimp
  • Miso w/ Tofu
  • Egg Drop

Check out recipes for great soups like these at the American Diabetes Association’s “My Food Advisor®” by clicking here and also from the American Heart Association by clicking here.

Top with garnishes such as basil, cilantro, green onion, parsley, dill, red chili flakes, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), mini croutons, bacon bits, shredded Parmesan, dollop of crème fraiche, sliced avocado or radish for both flair and texture.

Bon Appétit!

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