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KETO LOW-CARB FRESH TOMATO SOUP (HEART HEALTHY)

KETO FRESH TOMATO SOUP

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Keto Fresh Tomato soup is a staple in our household.  We enjoy this soup in every season. I have slurped my way through the Bubba dictionary of soups celebrating the tomato. (In the movie Forrest Gump, the character of Bubba could rhyme off a whole list of shrimp delicacies and dishes; in my case, tomato soups.) I have enjoyed garden-fresh tomato soup, tomato, and rice, smoked tomato, tomato with bacon and basil, creamy tomato with Parmesan and  Keto savvy croutons, and tomato soup with Keto macaroni and cheese. The list is endless.  

In fact, just recently I woke up feeling the flu coming on. My symptoms included aching muscles, headache, slight fever, and chills. All I could think about was garden my Keto Low-Carb Fresh Tomato Soup! Garden fresh means you don’t slow cook the soup at all. Once all the ingredients are added, the soup is heated quickly on the stove, thus retaining that garden-fresh flavour, all the while being hot. On this occasion, I added almost a bulb of garlic.  (On this Keto Low-Carb journey, I eat a lot of garlic.)  The next morning I awoke without any symptoms. I’m not sure if it was the tomatoes or loads of raw garlic or both. But I felt cured.

My Keto Fresh Tomato Soup recipe uses fresh tomatoes!  Tomatoes are healthy, in my personal opinion. I say my personal opinion because nowadays, the tomato seems to be getting a bad rap because it is part of the nightshade family.  There are those who do have an allergy to shade vegetables and fruits. A person with a nightshade allergy may develop breathing problems or a rash, or even eczema shortly after eating tomatoes.  Others might have a nightshade intolerance or sensitivity to tomatoes.  This means that they cannot digest tomatoes properly and might then suffer from a  range of symptoms, including digestive issues.  

Personally I am not allergic nor sensitive to tomatoes.  I stand with the Italians in believing that it’s one of the most magical fruit in existence, used in a plethora of traditional dishes that tantalize the palate.

While healthy and magical, the tomato also has to be washed properly.  It is important that you take precautions after buying the tomato to remove as much dirt and bacteria as you can.  Wash all whole tomatoes thoroughly in a clean sink under clean, running water. Gently rub them with your hands to remove as much dirt and any bacteria.  Don’t use detergents, soap, or bleach. Chemicals can potentially cause them to become poisonous. Be sure to cut off and throw out the stem end of the tomato. Pathogens here may cause food borne illness as well.

As long as the tomato continues to grow, its soups will prevail.  Paradicsomleves is the word for Hungarian tomato soup. Gazpacho Andaluz is a traditional Spanish tomato gazpacho – cold tomato soup. “Saar” is the name for traditional Indian tomato soup. Zuppa di Pomodoro is none other than Italian tomato soup. The name alone is enough to make one salivate.

WHAT IS THE RECIPE TASTE PROFILE OF KETO FRESH TOMATO SOUP WITH FRESH HERBS?

KETO LOW-CARB FRESH TOMATO SOUP

KETO LOW-CARB FRESH TOMATO SOUP

This Keto Fresh Tomato Soup is delightfully tangy due to the use of ripe, fresh tomatoes.  Tomato soup is really a comfort food, brimming with the 5th taste sensation of umami.  Fresh tomatoes are high in simplistic umami, offering roundness and depth of flavour to this simple summer soup.

WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF KETO FRESH TOMATO SOUP WITH FRESH HERBS?

This Keto Fresh Tomato Soup is packed with nutrition.  The tomato is simply good for us. Its soups can be meat-free, gluten-free, grain-free, fat-free, and peanut-free and still taste delicious. Even creamy tomato soup can be dairy-free.  Simply use whipped Silken Tofu instead of cream to thicken the soup. We have long known that the tomato is a good source of vitamin C and the antioxidant called lycopene. This fruit is also high in vitamin K and calcium, which strengthens bone tissue. It is also a good source of the mineral chromium, which helps to stabilize blood sugars for diabetics.

New research from Cornell University reveals that cooking this fruit increases its level of lycopene. However, its vitamin C level is reduced through the cooking process. Lycopene is believed to be highly beneficial in preventing and fighting cancers and heart disease. It is an antioxidant that our body does not naturally produce. Hence, the importance of consuming fruits and vegetables containing lycopene. The tomato also contains chlorogenic acid and coumaric acid, which to fight against some of the carcinogens brought about by cigarette smoke.

Many avid home cook friends are as obsessed with tomato soup as they are with apple pie and family lasagna recipes. It is comfort food! It naturally possesses two survival mechanisms – natural sweetness and simplistic umami. We all love sweetness. And we also crave umami. Umami is the fifth taste sensation; it produces roundness and depth of flavour on the palate.

We crave umami, which allows us to retain a healthy appetite and therefore keeps us alive – a survival mechanism. As the tomato ripens and ages, the level of umami increases. When slow-cooked, umami moves from simplistic to synergistic, increasing dramatically. (Hence our addiction to ketchup! It is nothing more than slow-cooked tomatoes with synergistic umami and sweetness.)

I’m personally a fan of garden fresh tomato soup made from puréed beefsteak tomatoes straight off the vine.  I consume this soup both hot and cold. The vinous taste of fresh tomatoes refreshes the palate. Few ingredients allow this taste to shine.  I season the soup with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, high-quality extra-virgin olive oil, and finely chopped basil. Then I garnish each bowl with a heavy dollop of Crème Fraiche or Greek yogurt, depending on my mood. The trick is to heat up the soup as quickly as possible, thus allowing it to retain its garden-fresh flavour and acidity.  This soup is meant to be hot, not cooked or slow-cooked.

WHAT NON ALC WINE HARMONIZES WITH KETO FRESH TOMATO SOUP WITH FRESH HERBS?

The two predominant flavour sensations in this Keto Fresh Tomato Soup are tanginess and umami from the fresh tomatoes.  Choose a light, fruity, non alcoholic white wine with tanginess to match.  Think in terms of de-alcoholized Sauvignon Blanc, or a white blend.  Look for that zinging acidity in the white non-alc wine to harmonize with the tanginess of this tomato soup.

Zero Alcohol Wine Tips:

ALCOHOL AND KETOSIS:

To support your Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, opt for quality, non-alcoholic wines that are low-carb and low in sugar. Additionally, alcohol does not align with a keto diet or low-carb lifestyle. Moreover, your liver processes alcohol before nutrients, pausing ketone creation and slowing the ketosis process. Furthermore, your body will metabolize alcohol as fuel before utilizing food, which can decelerate fat burning and may lead to the storage of carbs, fat, and protein as excess body fat. Moreover, alcohol consumption stimulates the appetite, potentially causing overeating.

ALCOHOL AND HEALTH:

Did you know that when you consume alcohol, your liver has to work extra hard to break it down? This can result in damage to your liver. Furthermore, it can elevate your risk of health issues such as inflammation and cancer, particularly with heavy consumption. Additionally, alcohol can disrupt your blood sugar levels, leaving you feeling dehydrated and disrupting your body’s normal functions.

NON-ALCOHOLIC WINE AND HEALTH BENEFITS:

Non-alcoholic wines with minimal carbs and sugar are advantageous for your health. They not only aid in weight management, blood sugar control, and hydration but also contain essential nutrients and antioxidants from grapes that can decrease your risk of health conditions like heart disease. Consequently, since they lack alcohol, they’re ideal for socializing without any adverse effects, promoting feelings of happiness and reduced stress.

WHAT OTHER KETO LOW-CARB HEALTHY HEART RECIPES CAN I ENJOY?

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Tuna Cheddar Pasta Casserole

Keto Low-Carb Turkey Pot Pie

Zoodle Caprese Salad

Matzo Ball Soup

Japanese Crab Noodle Salad

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU NEED TO PREPARE THIS RECIPE?

HOW DO YOU PREPARE KETO FRESH TOMATO SOUP?

KETO LOW-CARB FRESH TOMATO SOUP

In a food processor or blender add tomatoes, olive oil, sweetener, and fresh basil. Blend until either chunky or smooth, to your liking.

 

KETO LOW-CARB FRESH TOMATO SOUP

Chill until needed. Garnish to bowls with fresh herbs or with a dollop of cream cheese.

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KETO RESH TOMATO SOUP

KETO FRESH TOMATO SOUP


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Description

Keto Fresh Tomato Soup is a refreshing summer, chilled vegetarian soup enjoyable at any time of the year for lunch or brunch.


Ingredients

Scale

3 large tomatoes, halved crosswise and seeded

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon stevia

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons cream cheese (low-fat for heart healthy)

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Thyme (for garnish)


Instructions

  • In a food processor or blender add tomatoes, olive oil, sweetener, and fresh basil.  Blend until either chunky or smooth, depending on your texture preference.  Garnish gazpacho with fresh herbs of choice and/or a dollop of cream cheese.

Notes

  • Most of the calories and fat come from the olive oil.
  • Using low-fat cream cheese will reduce the fat and calories slightly.
  • The carbs are relatively low since tomatoes are the main ingredient.
  • Fresh basil and thyme add flavor without many additional calories.
  • Stevia provides sweetness with no calories or carbs.
  • The recipe is based on the keto version and is approximate only.  One serving has 4 grams of net carbs.
  • (Note: The nutritional information provided is a courtesy and is approximate only.  We cannot guarantee the nutritional accuracy of any recipe on this site.  We cannot know what brands you use or how accurately you follow the recipe or what you like to add creatively to the dish. Use the information as a general guideline only.) 
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Category: KETO LOW-CARB
  • Method: PUREE
  • Cuisine: LUNCH, DINNER

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 100
  • Sugar: 4
  • Sodium: 15
  • Fat: 9
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 6
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 1
  • Cholesterol: 3

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