Get Your Slurp On! The Best 3 Soups For Winter Weight Loss

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butternut squash soup with healthy vegetables

Nothing warms you up in the winter like a good hearty soup. Cozy up to these three simple and healthy weight loss-approved soup recipes that are sure to keep your taste buds (and your waist line) happy—even on the worst snow day!

Pro Tip: Enjoy these delicious soups with your favorite lean protein for a full Flex lunch. You can also add more vegetables if you’re extra hungry.

1. Kitchen Sink Veggie Soup

Get the ultimate in comfort food with this hearty and delicious soup that features barley and a whole host of nutrient-packed veggies. Celery, carrots, onions, diced tomatoes and spinach pack this simple soup recipe with fiber and flavor. Keep this soup recipe vegetarian by using vegetarian broth or feel free to use a low-sodium chicken broth. Want to add a PowerFuel? Throw in some shredded chicken breast or beef. Yum!

Serves: 6

On Nutrisystem, Counts As: 1 SmartCarb and 1 Vegetable

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 16-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • ¾ cup pearl barley
  • ½ tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups spinach
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Spray a large pan with zero-calorie cooking spray then heat onions and garlic for two minutes. Then add carrots and celery and cook for four minutes more.
  2. Add tomatoes (with liquids), broth, barley and seasonings. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to a medium-low simmer.
  3. Cook for 30 to 40 minutes until barley is cooked through. Add spinach, warm for another minute, then remove from heat, cool and serve.

2. Skinny Chicken Noodle Soup

Watching your carbs? No problem! This tasty take on a comfort food classic uses zucchini noodles instead of pasta for a slimmed-down staple you can enjoy all winter long. We also add chopped carrots and celery, two ingredients that should always be in a classic chicken noodle soup recipe. Add some shredded or baked chicken breast to this soup for more protein.

Serves: 4

On Nutrisystem, Counts As: 1 Vegetable

Ingredients: 

  • 4 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 small zucchinis, spiralized

Directions:

  1. In a medium pot, bring broth to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  2. Add celery and carrots and simmer until tender (10 to 20 minutes).
  3. Add zucchini noodles and cook 5-7 minutes.

3. Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Whip up a big batch of this flavorful cold-weather favorite over the weekend and help yourself to healthy (and tasty!) leftovers all week-long! It’s filled with fresh, fall flavors and nutritious ingredients. Again, keep it vegetarian with vegetable broth or use chicken broth. The choice is yours!

Serves: 4

On Nutrisystem, Counts As: 1 SmartCarb, 1/2 Vegetable and 1 Extra

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 ½ cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • ¾ cup chopped carrot
  • ½ cup diced sweet onion
  • 2 ½ cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup nonfat milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Then add squash, carrots and onion and sauté for 10-12 minutes.
  2. Add broth and bring to a boil.
  3. Once soup is boiling, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat; stir in milk and desired seasonings.
  5. Pour mixture into blender. Remove middle section of blender lid to allow steam to escape, and secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth.

Looking for more healthy soup recipes for your weight loss menu? Check out these five flavorful fall favorites! >