That’s Fit Recipe Rehab: Healthy French Onion Soup
Posted Jan 22 2011 6:00am
Today’s post is written by That’s Fit , one of our fave fitness blogs! Think healthy eating has to be boring? Read on for a recipe rehab that will leave your mouth watering!
A bowl of hot soup during the cold winter weather is just what the doctor ordered, especially when it features onions that are high in flavonoids and vitamin C, which are known to boost the immune system and fight off colds. Traditional recipes for French onion soup call for slow-cooking onions in butter, simmering them in beef broth and topping with a cheese-covered baguette.
The main sources of fat in this dish are butter and cheese, which tend to be high in saturated fat. In my rehab, I will swap the butter for the more heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. Since there is not really a good substitution for the saturated fat in cheese that still tastes good, I will simply use a stronger flavored cheese in a smaller amount to maintain the taste but significantly reduce the fat content. Substituting a whole-grain baguette for the typical bread will increase the fiber content and further help reduce cholesterol levels.