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5 Delicious Low-sodium Soups

There are soups out there that can warm you up without clogging your arteries. See more healthy soups and sandwiches.
There are soups out there that can warm you up without clogging your arteries. See more healthy soups and sandwiches.
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There's nothing like a steaming bowl of soup to ward off the chills during cool weather. But did you know that many canned soups have around half of the recommended daily sodium intake? That would mean one little can of soup would fill the requirement for the day. You'd have to eat pretty blandly for the rest of the day to make up for that. Doesn't sound like much fun to me.

You can choose lower sodium options in cans, but they often lack the flavor that you're used to. So, what's a soup lover who is concerned about sodium to do? Well, make your own, of course. Here are five easy recipes for delicious low-sodium soups.

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This twist on traditional tomato soup is a creamy delight, and it's easy to make. Cream, tomatoes, butter and onions are the main ingredients, and reduced sodium chicken broth cuts way down on the salt content. This simple recipe calls for combining the ingredients and then running the mixture through the food processor, resulting in a smooth, creamy texture. Pair this yummy goodness with a grilled cheese sandwich, and the meal couldn't get any better.

Click here for the recipe: Tomato Cream Soup Recipe

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Bounty soup is filled to the brim with chicken and vegetables.
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This aptly named soup is a bounty of vegetables combined with lean chicken breast in a reduced sodium chicken broth. Frozen mixed vegetables save you chopping time, and fresh squash lends a "straight from the garden" taste. Simply sauté the veggies, add the chicken and stir fry for a couple of minutes and then add the broth and simmer. The addition of spices like rosemary, thyme, parsley and black pepper ensures that you'll never miss the extra salt.

Click here for the recipe: Bounty Soup

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The name sounds Southern, but this spicy soup recipe actually originated from Southern India, which accounts for its unexpectedly delicious ingredient combinations. First you take your veggies -- celery, carrots, onion, garlic and green pepper -- and cook them for about five minutes. Then, you add your spice mix, which is made of curry, nutmeg and flour. Reduced sodium chicken broth cuts out a ton of salt and the addition of tomato and apple sweeten it up. Rice adds a hearty starch to this delicious soup, which is highly seasoned but still manages to be low in sodium.

Click here for the recipe: Mulligatawny Soup

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Winter squash soup can cure those winter blues.
Winter squash soup can cure those winter blues.
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As we usher in the cooler weather, we get a whole new crop of delicious veggies to choose from, and winter squash is one of the tastiest. This pureed soup is not only low in sodium, but low-fat margarine, nonfat milk and fat-free sour cream also means it's low in fat as well. Sound too healthy to be tasty? Well, have no fear, it's delicious. The addition of garlic, thyme, rosemary and uber-flavorful shallots spice up things quite nicely. An added plus? It's easy to make. Simply sauté the veggies, add the broth and chicken and simmer, then run it through the food processor for a smooth and creamy texture.

Click here for the recipe: Winter Squash Soup

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This sweet and tangy soup is a breeze to make. Simply sauté onions and carrots for about five minutes, then add a can of crushed tomatoes, a can of reduced sodium chicken broth, a teaspoon of sugar to sweeten things up and a teaspoon of dried dill weed to add a little spice. Simmer and blend until you get the smooth, creamy texture you desire. It's the perfect companion to a grilled cheese sandwich.

Click here for the recipe: Tomato Dill Soup

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  • "Mulligatawny Soup." Howstuffworks.com, 2010.https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/mulligatawny-soup-recipe.htm
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