Healthy Altitudes

This is an easy soup to make anytime. It will only take about 5 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to make. Cooking the potatoes in the microwave saves tons of time. You can modify, simplify, and enjoy in a short amount of time and have this soup as a meal or as a side dish. See below for how I made it with some extra healthy additions and substitutions.


With a degree in sports nutrition, I always put function with my food. I try to plan how my food will fuel my workouts, my family, and keep us feeling full …For Your Life™. I added more vegetables, protein, and a little ginger.

Here are the additions I used to make this a little healthier, tastier and more filling. This also helped me create a chicken broth for rice to serve as a side, or eat the next night.

You will need to add to this recipe:

1 pound of chicken breast – cut into chunks to cook faster

Extra baby carrots- 10-12

Pinch of salt

Pinch of ginger

2 extra cups of water

I used the 64 ounce recipe as in the vitamix website here. The difference in my recipe was that I boiled 5 cups of water in stead of the required 3. I added some salt to the water and brought it to a boil. Then I added in cut up chunks of trimmed chicken breast. I brought the chicken to a 165 degree temperature and while that was boiling, I cooked the potatoes in a potato express bag (which only takes 4 minutes to bake a potato). Both potatoes and chicken finished in about 8 minutes. While the potatoes and chicken were cooking I cut up the apple and the onion (in half) and grabbed some carrots from the fridge. Easy peasy.

Everything was cooked and I dropped it in the vitamix in the order of the recipe above from the Vitamix website. I took 3 cups from the chicken broth I just made and added it to the soup instead of the vegetable broth. I also used the extra 2 cups of chicken broth for an instant pot brown rice recipe the next night.