Protein is a macronutrient that is essential to optimal health and performance. It’s been shown to lower blood pressure, strengthen bones, build muscle, increase metabolism, and keep you feeling fuller for longer. While there is an ongoing debate about how much protein our bodies need, it’s certainly something to be aware of.
18 Chestnuts soups have between 2 and 6 grams of protein per serving, depending on which soup you eat. The great news? We’ve designed our soups to be easily customizable. You can pair, top, and serve them however you like!
If you’re looking to add more protein to your 18 Chestnuts soup, we have a few ideas.
4 Easy Ways to Add More Protein to Soup
1. Top with Nuts or Roasted Chickpeas
Crackers are a common soup topper, and there are many high-protein crackers on the market if you want to go that route. If you’re looking to really boost the protein content of your soup, sprinkle a handful of roasted chickpeas, or nuts such as almonds, walnuts or pistachios. This is also an easy way to add more fiber to your diet.
2. Stir in Quinoa or Brown Rice
Quinoa is a great choice here – ½ cup provides 4 grams of fiber, along with a host of other nutrients. However, any ancient grain such as brown rice, farro, millet, or amaranth will add protein to your soup. Many of these options are gluten-free as well!
3. Add Nutritional Yeast
Never heard of nutritional yeast? It’s a favorite of vegans and non-vegans alike because of its accessibility and the cheesy, umami flavor it adds to foods. Just one tablespoon will increase the protein content of your soup by 4 grams. Nutritional yeast will change the taste of your soup, though, so start slow and taste as you go.
4. Top with Dairy-Free Yogurt, Cheese or Sour Cream
Dairy-free products have come a long way. Today, you can find dairy-free cheese, yogurt, sour cream and more in most major grocery stores and co-ops. (We share one of our favorite local dairy-free cheesemakers in this blog post!)
What’s your favorite way to add protein to soup? Leave a comment here or join the conversation on our Instagram page!
18 Chestnuts crafts delicious, plant-based soups that deliver on nutrition and flavor. We offer soup delivery subscriptions and one-time orders. Whether you’re too busy to cook, want a nutritious meal option, have dietary restrictions, or want to send soup to someone who needs a comforting meal, 18 Chestnuts is for you!
With a wide range of all-natural soup flavors including Beetroot Apple, Red Pepper Pomodoro, Carrot Ginger Dill, Butternut Squash Pear, and Asparagus Shiitake, our gourmet soup will thrill your tastebuds. All 18 Chestnuts soups are dairy-free, low-glycemic, locally sourced, and nutrient-dense. Check out our soups and schedule your gourmet soup delivery today!
Healthline, 10 Reasons to Eat More Protein