It’s pretty easy to eat clean in the summertime. From farmers market tomatoes and watermelons to big fresh salads and easy grill meals, the abundance of warm-weather options provides an embarrassment of edible riches to to health-savvy diner. Come wintertime, things get a little trickier. You know it’s better for your wallet, your waistline, and the environment to eat with the seasons, but sometimes it’s hard to stomach one more meal of winter squash, roasted brussels sprouts, or another casserole.
The trick to breaking up winter ingredient monotony? The soup pot is your best friend. Soups combine ease of prep, simple one-pot cleanup, and an endless number of flavor variations to make fueling your body through winter workouts with clean, local, and seasonal ingredients a breeze—and most are super affordable, to boot. Trainer Paisley has a great tip when it comes to brainstorming soup ingredients: think of it as a savory smoothie! She loves using her I love using her Vitamix blender to make butternut squash soup with chicken or beef broth, squash, and cooked onions and garlic. Here are a few other inspiring clean-eating soups that you can whip up in a flash. Wintertime dinner boredom, begone!
Quick Spinach Egg Drop Soup: Comes together in less than 5 minutes. Yep, 5 minutes!
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup: This recipe replaces the noodles with spiralized zucchini “zoodles” for more veggie power.
Spicy Green Soup: A soup with the kick of jalapeño and the green goodness of zucchini, broccoli, peas, and cilantro.
Paleo Chili with Bacon: Think chili isn’t a soup? Too bad, it’s delicious enough that it doesn’t matter—plus this one is made in the crock pot!
Thai Red Curry Coconut Carrot Soup: Carrots + curry = sweet, spicy heaven.
Sausage and Sweet Potato Soup with Kale: Rainy weather = soup weather. Which means January in Portland = soup for dinner.
Hot and Sour Soup: The take-out favorite gets a clean eating upgrade.
Cream of Celery Soup: Think celery is simply garnish for buffalo wings? Think again.
Cauliflower Soup with Hazelnut and Mint Pesto: This creamy soup is brightened up with fresh herbs.
3-Ingredient French Onion Slow Cooker Soup: We know we had you at 3-ingredient. It’s hard to beat that!