Cosy, Easy, Delicious — 2 soups, 6 quick recipes

When you’re in the mood for a quick, savoury, warming snack soup is the solution. Natural Balance Soups provide an ideal mix of umami flavours and nutritious, plant-based ingredients with each protein-fuelled serving. While the creamy taste of tomato & basil and asparagus are delicious enough on their own, we’ve compiled some of our best tips to easily enhance the recipe, bringing this flavourful snack or side dish to the next level.

The secrets in the toppings
The recipe couldn’t be easier, for a quick and savoury bite simply add one scoop of the Natural Balance Soup, powder of your choice, with 150-200ml of boiling water, stir — et voilà — snack time is sorted! But if you want to upgrade the recipe — for added zest or a nutrient-boost — top off your bowl with a spoonful of these:

• Roasted pumpkin seeds
Nutrient factor: are excellent sources of magnesium and zinc. They also contain various nutrients including iron, selenium and calcium. And are a good source of unsaturated fats, including the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which may help to support heart health.

• Sautéed or fresh kale Nutrient factor: this antioxidant-rich superfood is packed with fibre, calcium, iron and vitamins A, C, and K.

• Fresh parsley Nutrient factor: high in vitamins A, E and K this nutrient-dense food can help to soothe inflammation and aid digestion. And with high levels of vitamin C can aid with collagen production in your skin and improve complexion over time —worth garnishing every dish!

• Boiled egg Nutrient factor: incredibly nutritious one boiled egg contains 6g protein and 5g healthy fats, as well as significant levels of vitamins A, B5, B12 and folate.

• Crumbled feta cheese Nutrient factor: high in protein and calcium to help promote muscle mass and bone density, feta can complement the soup with added flavour and texture. When compared to other cheeses, feta is lower in calories and fat than many.

ChickpeasNutrient factor: offer essential nutrients including iron, zinc, folate, magnesium and phosphorus and are an excellent source of dietary fibre and protein. For a toasted spicy treat, try roasting 1 decilitre of chickpeas in ½ tablespoon of olive oil with chili flakes.

Craving something more to satisfy your hunger? Soup makes the perfect side dish. Complement your salad or sandwich served on wholegrain bread with any of the recipes above and turn your snack into a well-balanced meal — lunch is solved! Dinner’s ready!

Super soups: the many health benefits
Need another reason to love soup? Here’s a list of Natural Balance Soup’s greatest attributes:
Comforting & warming
Easy to make
No preservatives, artificial colourants or flavours
Gluten free