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Five tips for healthy winter soups (with recipes!)

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As the cold weather settles in the soup recipes come out!

Here are five tips for boosting your soup game this winter.

Add a protein source and turn it into a stew

The line between soup and stew is easily blurred and that’s totally fine. Stews are often a great way to slow cook meat or chicken making it tender and delicious.

A protein hit will also mean you stay fuller for longer and in control of your appetite.

Try this lamb and lentil stew. It’s great to prep in bulk and have lunches or dinners ready for a busy week ahead.

Experiment with different flavours so you don’t get bored

I often find that clients who like to bulk prep their meals get stuck making the same things over and over. This is fine to do occasionally but not if you end up bored and rebelling from your meal plan.

Variety is the spice of life and often a small change to a loved recipe is all it takes to keep you interested.

Try this sweet potato and leek soup. It’s just as delicious as its regular potato version, just sweeter and orange!

Add lots of vegetables

From minestrone to pumpkin, the best thing about soups is that they make it very easy to increase your vegetable intake.

Try this twist on traditional chicken noodle soup—we’ve boosted the nutrition with some green leafy goodness!

Add legumes for protein and fibre

Lentils, chickpeas and other beans are a great source of fibre-rich carbohydrate and plant-based protein. They are also a very economical way of eating because they’re cheap to buy and cook in bulk!

Try this hearty pumpkin soup with added cannellini beans. These beans add a creamy texture and means you don’t need to add any cream.

Don’t forget the spices!

Turmeric, paprika, cumin, fennel, garam masala… these are all fantastic flavours to add to your next boil up and can turn any bland combination into a flavour sensation!

Try these recipes: Moroccan spiced cauliflower or cumin and sweet potato. They’re absolute winners.

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