This Mediterranean style chicken chickpea vegetable soup is a winner at our house paired with freshly baked whole grain bread.
After traveling to Greece, I was inspired to use more plant-based recipes incorporating more beans and legumes into my own diet. Soups are a wonderful way to get more veggies in as well. This soup leaves the house smelling delicious and you get tons of great leftovers for lunches.
So why follow a Mediterranean diet?
These Mediterranean countries know what’s up. Researchers noted that these people were exceptionally healthy compared to Americans and had a low risk of many lifestyle diseases. The Mediterranean diet has continued strong evidence behind its benefits and is associated with reduced risk factors for cardiovascular disease and chronic disease prevention.
Interested in trying the Mediterranean diet? These tips will help you get started:
- Eat more fruits and veggies.
- Go for whole grains, olives nuts and seeds.
- Eat more seafood and less red meat.
- Enjoy some dairy, like low-fat Greek yogurt and small servings of cheese.
- Spice it up, use more herbs and spices in your cooking.
- Eat less processed foods and added sugar.
The Mediterranean lifestyle also involves regular physical activity, sharing meals with other people and enjoying life. So make this soup and share a meal with family and friends!
Chicken Chickpea Vegetable Soup Nutrition Info:
Chickpeas: Chickpeas are a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. These nutrients offer a variety of health benefits, including improving digestion, aiding in weight management and reducing the risk of several diseases. Chickpeas are also a great vegetarian and vegan protein option.
Peppers: Peppers are low in calories and rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants.
Spinach: Spinach packs high amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron, and calcium. It’s a power-house of antioxidants!
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