This recipe is packed with some really tasty healthy ingredients. If you read our nutrition blog recently, this recipe uses a lot of the shopping list ingredients. We have booster foods, vegetables, and spices. This is not your traditional broccoli cheese soup. It is definitely a very healthy alternative giving you plenty of vitamins and minerals.
One item that stands out is the broccoli. This green delight provides your body with 135% of your daily value in vitamin C. That covers all the vitamin C you need in a day and then some. Some people think protein only comes from an animal source, but the amount of broccoli in this recipe gives you 3grams of whole plant based protein. Don’t under estimate the strength of broccoli. The amount of potassium found in this recipe just from broccoli comes in at 288mg. Calories from broccoli should not even count if you’re a calorie counter, but you will intake 31 calories and only 0.3 grams of fat. It’s a no brainer that broccoli plays an important role on our plate.
One other vitamin C powerhouse in this recipe is the red bell pepper. One medium bell pepper packs an astonishing 253% of your daily value. Now this is definitely a recipe to eat when the cold or flu bug comes around. Vitamin C is not the only vitamin in this red vegetable, vitamin A makes up for 74% of your daily value. Again, another protein source. It is not much but it definitely counts for 1.2 grams. This has 37 calories and 0.4grams of fat. Red bell peppers are known to aid in weight loss due to its ability to speed up metabolism make this an excellent vegetable to keep on your grocery list. They are also excellent for your skin and reducing risk of chronic disease.
One of my favorite ingredients in this recipe is nutritional test. At first I was skeptical in its strange flaky, yellow form, but once I got past my unfamiliarity senses I realized the benefits. This amount of nutritional yeast contains 45 calories and only 0.5 grams of fat. Let me talk about protein just a little more. I love finding versatile sources of protein that support our systems and nutritional yeast is so versatile and carries 8grams of protein in this recipe. Niacin, also in nutritional yeast, aids in weight loss by supporting other B vitamins to convert food into energy. In other words the 56 milligrams or 280% of niacin found in this recipe helps you burn calories. Vitamin B6 is also in nutritional yeast with meeting 480% of your daily value. There is also a big debate on where vegans or other plant based dietary eaters get their vitamin B12 and this is one place it is met. There is 7.8 milligrams or 130% of this vitamin found in this recipe just from this booster food. Folate is also found in this ingredient meeting 60% of our daily value.
Garlic is one of my favorite ingredients. The smell, the taste, the intricate design nature gave garlic draws me in and I am hooked. Not only known for those things garlic also adds nutritional value and can be part of your natural medicine cabinet. One clove of garlic does not pack a ton of nutritional value, but it comes in with 12 milligrams of potassium and only 5 calories. Some of the benefits of eating garlic are that it is antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. The antioxidants keep the body healthy and the heart pumping. It is also known to increase immunity and aid in fighting colds and flus.
Enjoy this soup at anytime of the year, but keep in mind all the properties it contains they boost immunity. Add this to you tomorrow plan every other week or mix it up using the same health boosting ingredients to make up your own creation. Do not be afraid of trying something knew. Let your body heal through food and try out this healthy version of cheesy broccoli soup.
CHeesy Broccoli Soup
1/2 tsp Extra-virgin olive oil
3 tbsp Onion minced
1 clove of garlic minced
3/4 Cups Broccoli roughly chopped
1/2 Cups Vegetable broth.
1/4 Cup Cashews soaked overnight
1 Medium red bell pepper
1/4 Cup Tbsp Unsweetened almond milk
2 Tbsp Nutritional yeast
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Heat the olive up in a medium pot on medium/high heat. Add the minced onion, garlic and cook until translucent.
Add in the broccoli and cook for 1 minute. Pour in the stock, reduce the heat to medium and simmer while you make the cream.
Drain the water from the cashews and place them into a high-powered blender (such as a Vitamix) along with the rest of the remaining ingredients.
Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary.
Pour the cream into the soup, raise the temperature to medium and simmer until thickened, only 1-2 minutes more. Season to taste with salt and pepper as needed.
About The Author
While studying kinesiology, Amber Arevalos received her certification in nutrition and personal training. After spending 7 years in a sports medicine and physical therapy office, she pursued a career in nutrition while maintaining her passion for yoga and physical fitness. She adapted her skills learned through being a collegiate athlete, and uses her abilities to guide those looking to enhance their health.
Helping her clients reach there goals through nutrition and physical fitness is only part of what Amber has to offer. Having experience in assisting a wide variety of clientele, Amber has gained knowledge through her own journey as well as learning from those she works with. It’s never to late to regain your health!