The most delicious winter comfort food is also among the easiest to incorporate into a healthy diet, with an emphasis on fresh vegetables and lean protein.
The Gourmet Soup Kitchen
This Santa Monica-based company is a favorite at Sunday farmers’ markets in the area, including Brentwood and Pacific Palisades.
Choose from selections like Mediterranean chickpea, Portuguese spinach and white bean, and French onion. Spicier options include mulligatawny, Sri Lankan lentil with quinoa, and Thai coconut curry. Look for seasonal selections, too.
Served frozen in sixteen ounce "ready-to-go" containers, the soups can be heated for a quick lunch or dinner.
Ordering is also available by email for local Westside delivery or farmers’ market pickup.
One can find this delightful café in the Sunset Park neighborhood. The restaurant's menu includes vegetarian and dairy-free soup selections freshly made each day.
Select a bowl or cup, and pick from soup options such as fresh corn chowder, black bean, tomato-basil, and potato leek. For non-vegetarians, try Zabie’s chicken cilantro soup. Or, mix a few together to spice things up.
Takeout is available for pickup.
3003 Ocean Park Blvd., 310-392-9036, www.zabies.com
Main Street is the Santa Monica home of the popular Urth Caffé. One of multiple area locations, the restaurant is known for serving organic coffee and many other items that are organic, vegan or locally-sourced.
Several daily soups are offered, such as tortilla, parsnip and ginger, vegetarian chili, and fennel minestrone. The menu highlights the bowls of soup that are vegetarian, garlic and onion-free, or contain cream and/or meat.
Takeout is available for pickup or delivery.
2327 Main St., 310-314-7040, www.urthcaffe.com
Celebrating its 40th year in business, this community-owned, natural foods market in mid-city is a staple of healthy eating in Santa Monica. Alongside its produce department featuring organic and locally-sourced items, the Co-op has a soup bar featuring a number of nourishing selections each day.
Choose from three sizes of takeout containers for filling with offerings like Italian vegetable, butternut squash, chicken vegetable and mushroom barley. All of the soup options include organic ingredients.
Takeout is available.
1525 Broadway, 310-451-8902, www.coopportunity.com