Between the seven-layer dip you housed on Saturday night and polishing off a box of chocolates on Sunday (worth it), there’s a good chance you might be feeling like your body needs a bit of a reset.
But that doesn’t mean fasting your way from Monday to Friday. Instead, you can get on the souping trend by replacing a couple of meals during the week with these healthy soups that will help you get back on the cleaner eating train. That means no chilis or chowders or creamy bisques. We’re talking light, broth- or veggie-based bowls that won’t weigh you down and are actually nutritious. Spoon up one of these 19 recipes to get healthy, not hangry.
With plenty of tofu for protein and miso paste for that umami taste, this bowl is plant-based eating at its best. It may have zero extra seasonings, but you’ll be blown away by how the natural flavor of the veggies plus the kick from the ginger leaves little need for anything else.
If classic chicken noodle soup had a millennial descendent, it would be this recipe. Made with spiralized zucchini instead of pasta and doused in Sriracha, it’s about as new age as it gets, but the generous chicken pieces and garlicky broth make sure it keeps the comforting quality of the OG version.
Packed with spinach, zucchini, avocado, and the ultimate healing elixir that is apple cider vinegar, the nutritional profile of this soup is incredible enough. But what may be even better is that you can make it as light as you like with water, or add richness by using coconut milk and nutritional yeast. It’s filling, wholesome, and super tasty either way.
Inspired by tangy tom yum broth, this Thai-style soup does away with some traditional ingredients in the interest of using more easily accessible items. Still, with sambal, lemongrass, ginger, and cilantro, there’s enough of that familiar fragrance and flavor to rival any restaurant version.
Far from the stereotypical bland and watery stuff that comes to mind when thinking of the cabbage soup diet, this Instant Pot creation is satisfying without being heavy. How does it pull that off? All-purpose seasonings, dried herbs, lots of black pepper, and a good amount of diced ham.
If it’s true that we eat with our eyes first, then we’re guaranteed total satisfaction with this bursting-with-color soup. The taste won’t disappoint either—the ginger, garlic, and herbs de Provence seasonings are simple enough to let the natural flavors of the six vegetables shine through.
With an impressive resume that includes alleviating indigestion and helping lactation, fennel is a longtime favorite in healthy food circles, but if you’ve been scratching your head about how to actually use it in a recipe, here’s your answer. You won’t see it underneath the bright green of the asparagus and basil, but with its bright, slightly sweet flavor, it makes its presence felt.
The next best thing to pasta? Spiralized produce. While the nifty swap is nothing new, it continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. With recipes like this one, which makes use of several noodle-fied veggies for a variety of flavors and colors, a meal can be on the table in just 10 minutes.