In general, soup ought to be a wonderful way to improve your nutrition, but many soups are high in fat and calories, and very high in sodium. You've seen the pot roast soups, thick and creamy chowders, chicken and dumplings soups, hearty bisques, and so on: All of them delicious and all very fattening. While there are some good alternatives at the grocery store, which are both low in fat and low in sodium, you can make perfectly flavorful, healthy, hearty soups at home, without all the additives of the store-bought variety. Here are six delicious low-fat, low-calorie soups to get you started.
I have always loved cauliflower. My mother used to serve it regularly, and while she was preparing it, she would also be snacking on raw florets -- a habit I have also inherited. What cauliflower lacks in color, it makes up for in nutrients. A member of the same family as broccoli, cabbage, and kale, cauliflower makes a wonderful base for a soup. This is an old family favorite, even among those who wouldn't normally eat cauliflower.
This is a lovely sweet, yet not too sweet, soup with a hint of mild spice. Butternut squash and pears make a wonderful combination, and both flavors are evident in this warming fall and winter soup.
This luscious, velvety cream of pumpkin soup tastes anything but low fat. The secret to the creaminess is evaporated fat-free milk (note: do not confuse this with condensed milk, which is highly sweetened and intended for dessert recipes). This is stirred into the soup just a few minutes before serving. Enjoy this soup for lunch on a cold fall or winter's day. The beauty of this cream of pumpkin soup, apart from being low fat, is that it’s quick and easy to make.