Chilled Avocado Soup
You might already know about gazpacho, the Spanish tomato-based soup that we love to eat in hot weather. But do you know about its green cousin, Sopa Fria de Aguacate or Chilled Avocado Soup??
There’s nothing better on a hot day than this no-cook avocado soup recipe, served chilled. It comes together in a flash in the blender, especially if you’ve got some homemade chicken stock squirreled away in the freezer. (I almost always do.)
If you'd like something warm, this soup can be served that way too. Both ways are delicious!
This Avocado Soup recipe happens to be gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, and low-carb. If you don't do animal protein, you can make this soup vegan by substituting veggie stock for the chicken stock, but just an FYI: You won’t get that nutritional dose of collagen, elastin, and gelatin.
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This Sopa Fria likes to have a little chill time in the fridge before serving, which makes it an ideal make-ahead for those summer gatherings. The color is best if it’s eaten within one day, but it tastes great for up to three, and is also tasty when warmed!
Aside from the refreshing luxuriousness of this soup, it’s the perfect way to get a dose of that gut-nourishing bone broth we tend to neglect come summer. Add to that some healthy fat from avocado and coconut milk, plus the zip of freshly squeezed lime juice, cilantro, and jalapeno, and you’ve got a cool and nourishing bowl of yum.
Further Reading: Chicken Bone Broth
Thyroid-healthy Recipe Highlights:
- Avocado is rich in healthy fats like oleic acid, which can help reduce cholesterol. It is also one of the few foods that helps the body produce glutathione, a super-antioxidant that can boost immune function, detoxify the liver, and help combat autoimmune symptoms. In addition to several antioxidants and key thyroid-supporting nutrients, avocado is rich in fiber with 14 grams per fruit. This supports digestion, a healthy microbiome, and overall gut health.
- Cilantro: Studies have shown that cilantro can help accelerate the body’s excretion of mercury and lead. Heavy metal toxicity from mercury has been linked to an increase in thyroid antibodies.
- Coconut Milk: Coconut products such as coconut milk contain a wide array of vitamins and minerals, in addition to healthy fats known as MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) or MCFAs (medium-chain fatty acids). Consumption of these fats has been touted for various health benefits such as brain health, weight loss, and cholesterol balance. Coconut can also be a positive dietary substitution for refined carbs and sugar, which can diminish thyroid and overall health.
- Bone broth is one of the most highly recommended foods for anyone suffering from an autoimmune disease like Hashimoto’s. The collagen and glycine can help repair cell damage in the intestinal tract.
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More Thyroid-healthy Soup Recipes:
- Italian Sausage Minestrone
- Turkey Albondigas Soup
- Hoppin' John Soup
- Zucchini Basil Breakfast Soup
- Creamy Carrot Coconut Soup
- Thai Chicken Soup
- Split Pea Soup with Smoked Ham
- Lamb Stew with Mushrooms and Red Wine
- Tomato, Sausage, and Fennel Soup