Good, basic chicken soup is already one of the healthiest foods around, so the ways to make it healthier actually involve adding ingredients rather than taking them away.
1. Sturdy vegetables.
The easiest way to boost the healthiness quotient of chicken soup is to add plenty of vegetables. In addition to carrots, throw in peeled parsnips, sweet potatoes, winter squash and turnips.
Add pre-braised greens to your soup just before serving or add them during the last several minutes of cooking, depending on how tough they are. (Kale and collards, for example, can go as long as 30 minutes unless they’re very tender, while chard only needs 15 minutes; spinach and escarole are done in 5 minutes or less.)