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12 Superfood Soups to Cook up This Winter

January 9, 2014

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Soup, the ultimate winter comfort food, is good for a lot more than a hearty, warm meal. Add in some superfoods like kale, beets, or miso and your bowl turns into a robust blend of essential vitamins and nutrients that hold the power to heal your body and improve your health.

I’m always in hot pursuit of soups that incorporate natural, whole foods with an exciting twist or ingredient, like kefir or pear. It’s just heaven on a spoon!  Simmer up one of these deliciously healthy soups and see for yourself. Grab a bowl and call it a meal.

Try White Winter Soup with leeks, cauliflower, potato and fennel, topped with pumpkin, sesame seeds and ground nuts.

This Butternut Squash Soup uses ghee, shallots, and coconut milk to make a creamy and sweet soup stock.

Whip up some Spicy Raw Vegan Carrot Soup made with tahini, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar and more. Just puree and serve!

Red beets with some fennel seed and probiotic-rich kefir are a creamy and wholesome delight in this Beet and Fennel Soup

Go green with this antioxidant-rich Avocado Soup that includes green tea, sweet Vidalia onion, and dairy-free yogurt to make this rich show stopper.

Move over old-school cabbage borscht. This Pickled Red Cabbage Soup made with red wine, tomato, and a dollop of organic sour cream is the new you.

Kick it up a notch with cumin and paprika in this South American-inspired recipe for Spicy Chicken Quinoa Soup. It turns chicken-broth based soup into a health enthusiast’s dream.

Can’t choose between soup or pasta? Get the best of both worlds with this Miso Soup and Buckwheat Soba Noodles made with kombu and wild-caught salmon.  

Kale and pears is an interesting enough flavor pairing, but add rosewater, green tea, orange peel, chia seeds, and maca powder, and you get this awesomely fruity Green Tea and Pear Soup.

This Winter Chestnut and Mushroom Soup contains ingredients with healing and medicinal qualities, such as pau d’arco tea, coconut oil, and nutmeg to give your immune system a real health boost.

One of my favorite green vegetables gets paired up with white beans, vegetable broth, and cumin in this surprisingly tasty pureed Oven Roasted Brussel Sprout Soup.

This Kabocha Squash Soup is sweet and has comfort food written all over it, particularly since it’s topped off with roasted garlic and crispy sage. Yum! Sprinkle on some cayenne pepper to add some heat to this soup.

What’s one soup that you really enjoy making in the wintertime?