5 Soups for a Healthy New Year (and an offer!)

January 04, 20153 Comments


It’s cold. The parties are done. The tree is down. We are returning to our “normal” routine and trying to get accustomed to eating meals that do not conclude with dessert. We are making soup to ease us into the new year. For my first post of 2015 (happy new year, dear readers!), I thought I’d offer you my homemade soup basics as well as a special offer to get your body moving and feeling great. But first, the food.

When I’m doing mundane home tasks, like taking down holiday decorations or organizing some disaster of a closet, I put on a pot for soup stock. If I have a chicken around, it’s  homemade chicken stock or if I have a drawer full of sad looking vegetables looking for a mission, it’s homemade vegetable stock. You can easily freeze the stock in small batches (4 to 6 cups at a time is my preferred freezer stash) if you don’t use it right away. I’ve even been known to sip a warm mug of broth while making dinner. But if you’re not into letting pots bubble away on the stove for hours, you can use store bought stocks (or water!) for these recipes as well. I’ll begin with two articles I wrote for Food52 recently. These aren’t so much recipes as methods. Make them your own!  The last three are tried and true healthy favorites. I’ll be making each before January is over, especially in light of what I have to say below.

1. How to Make Lentil Soup Without a Recipe (Food52)

2. How to Make Minestrone Without a Recipe (Food52)

3. Spiced Beet and Carrot Soup

4. Broccoli Spinach Soup with Avocado

5. Rosemary White Bean Soup with Barley

And now for the offer…I’ll be starting the barre3 challenge on Monday, January 5. I’d love for you to join me! Actually, I started it in earnest today because the madness just had to stop. That’s the truth. What is the challenge, you’re wondering? Clean eating. Four 60 minute classes a week. One 10 minute online workout. Whole food recipes you will love. Nutritional guidance and cheerleading by the barre3 team and community. Join me by registering for barre3 online and you’ll receive a free challenge kit in the mail (not too fast! Check out the promo code below). You can complete your classes anywhere (great for those who travel) and choose from the robust collection of online workouts ranging from 10 to 60 minutes.

To get your free kit, sign up for online workouts here, choose the first option ($15 per month, which you can cancel at any time),then at checkout enter the promo code barre3challengeWG. Watch for a confirmation email from barre3. Your free kit – which includes a water bottle, a tote bag, an orange wristband and an exercise tracking calendar with stickers – will be shipped to your home by mail. That’s it! Let me know if you decide to take the challenge so we can keep tabs on each other. In case you were wondering, the soups listed above are challenge-friendly. Hooray.

Wishing you a happy, healthy 2015!


3 responses to “5 Soups for a Healthy New Year (and an offer!)”

  1. Debbie Rappaport says:

    I just made the lentil soup tonight and it was a huge hit! I especially loved adding the greens and greek yogurt at the end. They gave an added layer of flavor and texture that was just terrific. You’ve done it again, Alicia! Thank you.

    • Alicia Sokol says:

      And guess what I made last night, Debbie? Your chili! All these years later, I still make it about once every six weeks or so. We just love it! The gift that keeps on giving…happy new year to you and your family!

  2. Laura Wooten says:

    Yum! This was a great soup on a cold snowy day! And healthy too. I loved the tumeric, curry and lemon combo. (I was out of cumin). So delicious!

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