Quick homemade soups for winter days
These fabulous liquid meals warm you up and fill you up; perfect for the cold, wintry days! A bowl of soup helps you easily achieve your target of 6 servings of vegetables a day. It can easily add to your everyday nutritional needs and provide you with a multitude of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. It is important to steer clear of canned soups though – they are meager on the vegetables, pack in a ton of sodium and sugar. The healthy soups made using nutritious ingredients make for the perfect guilt-free meal especially in winter.
5 yummy soups for winter!
Absolutely nothing can compete with a big steaming bowl of comforting and warming soup during winters! Here’s a list of 5 soups that are low in fat and sodium, loaded with the choicest nutrition and that will get you through dull winter evenings.
1. Moong dal tomato soup: Revamp your tomato soup with this nutritious recipe - a super soothing, luscious tomato broth, packed with protein and topped with some cream. What's not to love? You get warmth with a burst of tangy tomato; the lentils boost the nutrition quotient tremendously and the powdered black pepper takes the recipe to the very next level! Lycopene-laden tomatoes slash your risk of developing heart diseases, prevent skin damage and ward off cancers. The soup has a sublime creaminess and is spiced with chili powder, cloves and cumin. Moong dal protects the heart, perks up the working of the GI tract and stabilizes blood sugar levels as well. This recipe boasts of all the goodness of a comfort-food; but with one-fourth the calories. Pair it with toast or a sandwich. A truly satisfying and filling meal!
2. Pumpkin soup: Pumpkins are the best during the cold, winter months. Apart from being super delicious, the veggie is utterly nutritious – it is chockfull of vitamin A, omega 3 and plenty of fibre. Rich, orange and creamy, you must give this recipe a try! This hearty soup blends pumpkin, tomatoes and onions to create a gratifying meal. Caramelizing the onions and tomatoes before blending them gives the soup an intense richness. Pepper and ginger enhance the soup’s robustness. The simple spices allow the pumpkin to shine. The soup pairs well with warm bread.
3. Chicken soup: A classic and an all-time favorite, this soup banishes colds, warms the heart, and soothes the soul! It’s the ideal winter comfort food! The soup has a wealth of flavour from the herbs and fairly long cook time. Succulent chicken and fresh spices amalgamate beautifully to create this wonderful sweet-salty taste. This soup also packs in vegetables like peas and carrots, making it a delicious way of getting your protein and fibre fix.
4. Green pea soup: Green peas are the super heroes of the health-food world! Fresh peas available in winters are brimming over with protein, fibre and vitamin B complex. Combine the peas with onions, coriander and spices. Allow them to simmer slowly. Puree this and you’ll have a thick, creamy soup which is simply idyllic for the long winter days. Top off the soup with some fresh cream and fried onions. Add some great crunch to the dish with some croutons! Load up on a bowl of this green pea soup to fight off free radicals and stay warm in winter.
5. Coconut and dal soup: This warm and hearty soup is undoubtedly prefect for those chilly winter nights! Rich and creamy, with hardly any calories. Sauté the soaked dals (lentils), garlic and veggies to enhance the flavour. The condiments give the soup irresistible flavour while the coconut milk's creaminess blends seamlessly with the assortment of flavors. The soup is super delicious and is jam-packed with protein, fibre, thiamin and manganese, and will keep you fuller for longer.
What better way to celebrate winter than by whipping up some piping hot soup. This winter don't forget to include soups in your diet. Use seasonal winter vegetables such as fresh peas and carrots to increase the nutritional value of your soups. Add a dash of protein to the soup with unpolished dals from the Tata Sampann range. Pair your soups with a warm sprouts salad to stay fit this winter.
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