If you're looking for a cool, refreshing soup that's thick and filling, or a hot soup that can warm you up on a chilly evening, these cream-based soups are perfect, as they're rich in texture but low in fats and calories.

As you can imagine, most cream-based soups are pretty heavy and can take you back more calories than you'd like. So, the fact that you're able to create a slimmed down recipe of your favorite comfort soups makes it easy to still indulge, with any changes to your diet. Here are 4 delicious, velvety soups that are just as satisfying and loaded with way more nutrients than you'd find in a traditional cream-based version.

Dairy-free Creamy Asparagus Soup

For a creamy, savory soup that's rich in taste, it seems unfathomable that there's no dairy inside. By using cashews instead of milk or cream, it's a suitable option for vegans and paleos, alike. Use unsalted cashews to keep sodium in check. This soup is high in healthy fats, protein, folate, and iron.

Get the recipe: Dairy-free Creamy Asparagus Soup

Vegan Spicy Cream of Corn Soup

Cream of corn is often loaded with calories and fat, but this vegan, slimmed-down version is light on the cream (the blogger uses light coconut milk) and adds a spicy kick, from chili sauce and black pepper, to rev the metabolism. Plus, it's easy to make in a blender. No mess, here!

Get the recipe: Vegan Spicy Cream of Corn Soup

Healthy Cream of Mushroom Soup

This cream of mushroom soup is dairy free and vegan but still has a creamy, lush texture, thanks to a base of cashews and potatoes. What's more, this recipe also uses oil-free caramelized onions to slash calories and fat, and it keeps sodium low by using a low-sodium and oil-free broth.

Get the recipe: Healthy Cream of Mushroom Soup

Garlic and Potato Cream Soup

Not only is the creamy, rich soup still really good for you, but it can also be made in 35 minutes total. Perfect for any busy week night, right? It's also a great soup for boosting the immune system, thanks to the onions, garlic, and red bell pepper. You can enjoy this soup any time of the year, hot or cold.

Get the recipe: Garlic and Potato Cream Soup

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Isadora Baum

Isadora Baum is a freelance writer, author, and certified health coach. She writes for various magazines, such as Bustle, SHAPE, Men's Health, Women's Health, Health, Prevention, POPSUGAR, Runner's World, Reader's Digest, and more. She is also the author of 5-Minute Energy with Simon & Schuster. She can't resist a good sample, a killer margarita, a new HIIT class, or an easy laugh. Beyond magazines, she helps grow businesses through blogging and content marketing strategy. To read her work or inquire, please visit her website: isadorabaum.com.