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Healthier Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder is a rich, creamy flavorful soup.  My Healthier Clam Chowder doesn’t sacrifice flavor only calories.  This soup is filled with creamy golden potatoes, crispy turkey bacon, clams and half and half.

Healthier Clam Chowder Recipe

Healthier Clam Chowder Recipe with A Healthy Life For Me.

We were in Mexico over New Years and we went to one of those prepaid New Years parties on the beach where you get a prefix menu.  We all had low expectations for the food because we were in Mexico they were serving hundreds of people even in the top restaurants this usually means the food will be sub-par  However, we were all pleasantly surprised, the second course was clam chowder soup served in a bread bowl.   We all loved it and I made a promise when I got home to come up with a lighter version of clam chowder, so we could enjoy it guilt free.

Clam chowder is a very simple recipe, it’s easy to make and takes no time to pull together (if you are using canned clams, which I do).  It is also very high in calories, sodium, and fat because it is traditionally made with regular bacon, heavy cream, and high sodium chicken broth.

I substituted the bacon for turkey bacon which is lower in calories, fat and sodium, used  lower sodium chicken broth and I used half in half in place of heavy cream.  I considered using fat-free half and half to lower the fat count, but fat-free half and half is filled with chemicals that you can’t pronounce and you don’t want to put in your body.  Go with the regular half and half.

Healthier Clam Chowder Recipe Healthier Clam Chowder Recipe

A bowl of clam chowder with a slice of toasted bread balanced on the edge.

Easy Clam Chowder

This Easy Clam Chowder is a rich, creamy, flavorful soup - and it's healthy, too! With creamy golden potatoes, turkey bacon, clams, and half-and-half, it's the perfect cozy meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time28 mins
Total Time33 mins
Servings: 6


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil
  • 3 strips turkey bacon diced
  • 2 celery ribs trimmed and chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion peeled and chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove peeled and minced
  • 8 small yellow yukon gold potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bottle clam juice 8 ounces
  • 3 teaspoons reduced sodium chicken base like bouillon, but in a paste. You can use bouillon if you prefer.
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cans minced clams drained, 6 1/2 ounces each


  • In a large pot over medium heat add coconut oil. When melted add turkey bacon and stir till starts to brown.
  • Add onion, celery and cook for 5-6 minutes until onion starts to turn translucent.
  • Add garlic, give a quick stir for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add potatoes, water, clam juice, chicken base, and italian seasoning. Bring to a boil and stir.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and leave uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender and can be easily pierced with a fork.
  • Add clams, half and half and heat through over low heat.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American


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