Healthy Zucchini Basil Bone Broth Soup

Thank you Vital Proteins for sponsoring this post so I can share the recipe for this low calorie but still high protein zucchini basil soup!

Well it’s officially FALL y’all and I’m back with a recipe to help swing us over from summer to fall cooking.  I can never justify making soup in the summer…when it’s so dang hot outside the LAST thing I want to do is shovel big spoonfuls of hot liquid into my mouth.  Come fall though I immediately switch into cozier vibes and am ready to break out the soup recipes again!

While zucchini season really peaks in the summer, they still are quite abundant and dirt cheap at the local farm shares/supermarkets around me so this is the perfect first soup to make for the season. It only needs a couple of basic ingredients and requires pretty minimal chopping time compared to many soups. 

I love to make soup and have actually won two different soup competitions at my office job (my prizes have included a crown decorated with soup ladles and a blinged out ladle as my “scepter” – pretty hardcore, right???) but found myself making it less and less when I switched over to a high protein diet because unless you dump a bunch of meat into your pot, soup is typically not very high protein. I managed to avoid having to purée any chicken into this soup (ew ew ew) but still gave it an extra boost of protein and added health benefits by using one specific ingredient. 

Instead of using regular vegetable broth to add liquid to this soup, I just mixed 4 scoops of Vital Proteins Bone Broth Collagen powder with water to create a bone broth base for the recipe! This powder is made from bones of grass-fed, pasture-raised cows and is USDA organic. Collagen bone broth is known for supporting joint and ligament health, and promoting healthy immune and digestive systems. This powdered version from Vital Proteins is also just REALLY convenient: you don't have to worry about a large carton of bone broth going bad in your fridge before you can use it all up: with this product you just have to mix the powder with water whenever you need instant bone broth!

I used 3 large zucchini to make this soup and it made 4 large servings that are really low in fat and calories, but still has a good balance of protein and carbs.  One serving is only about 120 calories with 13 grams of protein! Serve this soup for lunch or dinner, as a main or a side, it will taste great and be a great source of veggies and added health benefits either way!

Nutritional Information

This recipe makes four servings for 121 calories each with 13 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fat, and 13 grams of protein.

Healthy Zucchini Basil Bone Broth Soup
Low calorie zucchini soup that uses bone broth for a protein boost. Recipe adapted from Skinnytaste
    • 3 Large (850g) Zucchini 
    • 4 Scoops (40g) Vital Proteins Beef Bone Broth Collagen
    • 1 Small (150g) White Onion
    • 3 Cloves Minced Garlic
    • 4 Tbs Fat Free Sour Cream
    • 5 Leaves of Basil
    • 1/2 Tbs Chili Powder
    • Salt & Pepper to Taste
      Dice white onion and cut ends of the zucchini and chop into small chunksHeat 32oz of water in a large pot until warm and then stir in 4 scoops of bone broth until dissolvedAdd onions, zucchini and garlic to the pot and then bring to a boil over medium high heatReduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutesAfter veggies are tender, remove from heat and use an immersion blender to blend together until smoothChop the basil leaves into thin ribbons and then add basil, sour cream and seasonings to the potUse the immersion blender to blend again until smooth, taste and adjust for seasonings, then serve hot with additional basil and sour cream on top
      Prep time: Total time: 30 Minutes Yield: 4 Servings

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