We may think eating tomato soup is a no-brainer healthy choice, but surprisingly there can be hidden calories and fat. Of course, you are still getting all of the nutritional benefits of tomatoes, such as high concentrations of the antioxidants lycopene, beta-carotene, vitamin A and vitamin C. But you also may be treating your body to copious amounts of butter, sugar, and cream, which we all know means added calories and grams of fat.
This quick and easy, low-fat, low-calorie tomato and basil soup eliminates the fats and focusses on the stars of the show. It is a perfect soup for all seasons–in the summer you can substitute fresh chopped tomatoes for all or some of the canned (you may have to add some extra broth to make up for the lost liquid). And this is a great way to use the fragrant basil prevalent in the markets or your own garden. In the wintertime, this soup is warm and comforting, and an ideal companion to grilled cheese. For a vegetarian version, substitute vegetable broth.