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Eat Together All Year Long for a Healthier You

Hello Loyal Soup People! So many of us started off the holiday season sharing a big Thanksgiving meal. While this time of year doesn’t have a reputation for being the healthiest, the practice of sharing meals can actually be a beneficial habit. Allow me to explain… a few years ago, National Geographic Society published a […] Read More ->

Plant Based Eating – The Magic Pill?

Hello Loyal Soup People! I just read about two new studies that show that eating a plant-based diet can help prevent and fight type 2 diabetes – regardless of body mass index. According to research published in both the European Journal of Epidemiology as well as Diabetes, participants in two studies that followed vegan diets […] Read More ->

Just Say No To Stress

Hello Loyal Soup People! As you can imagine, Soupergirl is a little stressed right now. There’s quite a lot going on! So, I thought I’d dedicate this week’s column to stress. Specifically, how to handle it and keep it under control. Stress does us no good. This feeling usually causes us to be unfocused, unproductive, […] Read More ->

Just Say YES to Whole Grains

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to chat about grains. Many people have developed a fear of grains because of an aversion to gluten. However, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans calls for six servings of grains daily! Adding a variety of whole grains into your diet will help you reach your daily fiber […] Read More ->

Avoid the Smoothie Sugar Bomb

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to chat about smoothies. These seem to be so popular these days. They are advertised as healthy meal replacements and snacks. Even McDonald’s is in on the trend! As you probably can guess, I’m not a fan! Most of these smoothies are, quite simply, “sugar bombs.” They […] Read More ->

Change Your Pantry – Change Your Health

Hello Loyal Soup People! Over the many years of writing this column, I’ve learned how important visual cues are to eating healthfully. From using smaller plates to displaying bowls of fruit on your counter, changing what you see can make a big difference in your food choices. In the past I’ve provided suggestions about what […] Read More ->

Refuel Post Workout Naturally

Hello Loyal Soup People! My daughter mentioned that people are drinking gazpacho as a post workout drink. I love hearing this because, as you can probably guess, I’m not a big fan of sports drinks in general. Beverages that were created for professional and extreme athletes such as football players or marathon runners are now […] Read More ->

Create a Healthy Eating Environment

Hello Loyal Soup People! A lot of attention lately is being paid towards mindfulness when it comes to healthy eating. It turns out that our environment can play a very big factor when it comes to eating healthfully. Creating a environment that is conducive to a mindful eating experience can play a major role in […] Read More ->

Watermelon Everywhere! Live it Up!

Hello Loyal Soup People! As you hopefully know, we here at Soupergirl are big proponents of eating seasonally. Fuel your body with what’s in season! For example, in the summer, we need to hydrate more, so we naturally tend to eat more water-filled produce such as cucumber, watermelon, and tomatoes. In the winter, our bodies […] Read More ->

Eat Mediterranean for Life!

Hello Loyal Soup People! The results are in! According to the US News & World Report, the Mediterranean-Style has been ranked the best among forty diets reviewed by health experts. The reason is quite simple – it isn’t really a “diet.” The Mediterranean Diet (MD) is more of a lifestyle. Rather than encouraging people to […] Read More ->

Kitchen Mind Tricks for the Win!

Hello Loyal Soup People! I recently read a blog post about how Sam Kass, the former White House executive chef transformed the Obamas’ eating habits. It turns out that back in 2008, the first family wasn’t as healthy as we thought! However, with a few tricks, Sam was able to transform the Obamas’ kitchen and […] Read More ->

Don’t Forget Your Skin Health!

Hello Loyal Soup People! Last week I talked about the importance of wearing proper sunscreen, which is even more important this time of year. This week I’d like to follow up on that message and discuss protecting your eyes. The sun can cause incredible long term damage to your eyes if you don’t properly protect […] Read More ->

Be Smart with Sunscreen

Hello Loyal Soup People! Memorial Day Weekend is here! Which means summer has officially begun, and it is time for me to remind everyone to wear sunscreen! Sunscreen is essential to protect our skin from harmful damage that is caused by exposure to the sun. However, remember that sunscreen should be your last defense against […] Read More ->

Not All Calories Are Created Equal

Hello Loyal Soup People! A lot of people look for the “best” ways to lose weight. Using apps to count calories, joining clubs, resorting to fad diets, and more. I’d like to propose that the traditional technique of simply counting calories should no longer be used. While it may work for some people, it doesn’t […] Read More ->

All About that Food Synergy

Hello Loyal Soup People! We all know the benefits of eating foods containing plant based protein, fiber, anti-oxidants, etc. But did you know that eating certain foods together boosts their health benefits even more? This concept is called food synergy – the benefits of two foods eaten together is greater than the sum of their […] Read More ->

Just Say No to the Western Diet!

Hello Loyal Soup People! Every day I read about another reason to avoid the “Western Diet” (heavy in processed foods, sugar, and red meat) and focus on the foods in the “Mediterranean Diet.” Researchers at Harvard University just published the results of a study in JAMA Oncology that connect diets that promote chronic inflammation (i.e. […] Read More ->

Even More Reasons to Fight Weight Gain

Hello Loyal Soup People! Every few weeks, I sound the alarm bells about the dangers of obesity and diabetes. I just read another article on this subject that propelled me to dedicate another column to this matter. According to research, excess weight and diabetes are directly linked to higher rates of cancer. Researchers recently found […] Read More ->

Wash That Produce – Properly!

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to chat about washing your produce. Unfortunately, fresh fruits and vegetables can harbor harmful bacteria that can lead to some troublesome food borne illnesses. This can cause anything from an uncomfortable few hours in the bathroom to a trip to the hospital. In extreme cases, consuming bacteria […] Read More ->

Fuel Yourself with Real Energy!

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to chat about energy. Too often I see people consuming “energy shots,” “energy bars,” and sugary drinks and smoothies in an attempt to get a boost of energy. While these products will indeed give you a quick jolt of energy from the injection of sugar directly into […] Read More ->

Get the Most Bank for Your Caloric Buck!

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to chat about a study that was just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The news was picked up by major news outlets including PBS, NPR, and the New York Times. Researchers from Stanford University monitored the diets of over 600 overweight individuals. […] Read More ->

Meet my Friend Magnolia

Meet my friend Magnolia. She’s six years old, and, as you can see, adorable and souper. What you don’t see in this picture is that Magnolia is suffering from a rare disease called Rett Syndrome. Until the age of three, Magnolia was progressing beautifully – running around, singing, talking, dancing. And then things changed. Rett […] Read More ->

Fight the Flu!

Hello Loyal Soup People! It’s time to talk about the flu. It is serious this year and not showing any signs of abating. And unfortunately, this year’s flu strain is very dangerous – potentially fatal. I’d like to share a few tips to help get you through this year’s flu season: – Help stop its […] Read More ->

Make Snacking Healthy Again

Hello Loyal Soup People! If you’re like me, you love a good snack. Snacks can take on a bad reputation if we associate them with trips to the vending machine for salt/sugar/fatty foods. Of course, food companies have found a way to convince us to keep snacking unhealthfully, while keeping our calories in check. I’m […] Read More ->

Sodium = Diabetes??

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to focus on sodium. I know there have been some conflicting reports about whether or not it is truly bad for us. However, I just read about some research published that links higher sodium intake to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. According to the […] Read More ->

It’s All About That Plate!

Hello Loyal Soup People! During this time of year, I like to remind everyone of tips to stay healthy during the holiday season. Or, even during one holiday meal – like the one coming up on Thursday. While I certainly don’t think that indulging in one big meal is going to derail your healthy eating […] Read More ->

Avoid the Mid-Afternoon Energy Slump

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to chat about the mid-afternoon energy slump. So many people lose steam by early to mid afternoon and have a tough time getting through the day. I’m a big proponent of a 15 minute mid-day nap. However, sometimes our eating habits are the culprits when it comes […] Read More ->

Trying to Eat Healthy? Pack a Lunch!

As we get deeper into fall, I feel like our lives get busier and we often end up slipping out of our healthy eating plans. The lazy days of summer are over, and we’re back into work and school mode. I find that the first thing that can slip is our lunch plan. While there […] Read More ->

Strengthen Your Bones – Through Soup!

This week I’d like to chat about bone health. We’ve all heard a lot about foods that can help strengthen our bones. However, did you know that there are plenty of foods that can actually weaken our bones? We need to take this very seriously. Women, especially, struggle with bone density loss as we age. […] Read More ->

Don’t Shun Exercise!

This week I’d like to chat about exercise. I’ve seen several articles published lately that refer to the fact that exercise will not help you lose weight. Personally, I think this is an oversimplification of the connection between exercise and weight loss. It is true that you’d need to work out for a very lengthy […] Read More ->

Vegan? Vegetarian? What Does it All Mean?

This week I’d like to chat about plants. In short, they are IN! Every day I read more and more articles about chefs putting vegetables at the center of their dishes, not just as sides. More and more people are embracing plant-based eating habits. One question I see a lot of people asking is, what’s […] Read More ->

Like We Need an Excuse to Eat Watermelon!!

Hello Loyal Soup People! You know what is great this time of year? Watermelon!! I know that my daughter eats copious amounts from July through early September. And I think that’s great, because, as it turns out, watermelon is incredibly good for you! Watermelon is over 90% water which means it is very hydrating. This […] Read More ->

Is Wine *Really* Healthy?

Hello Loyal Soup People! As many of you know, in this column I often highlight steps we can take to get healthy and minimize the risk of disease. This week I’d like to talk about something that most people overlook – alcohol. Unfortunately, the news really isn’t great. While many like to point to the […] Read More ->

Get Healthy on the Bike!

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to talk about a healthy habit I’m noticing around town, that comes with some inherent dangers – biking! I’m so happy to see people choosing bikes over cars to commute to work. The bike share programs that are popping up all over the country are great for […] Read More ->

Let’s Eat Some Chocolate

Hello Loyal Soup People! The last several of my health tips have been a little “serious.” So this week, let’s talk about chocolate!! Who doesn’t love all the health news we’ve been learning about chocolate?? In short, dark chocolate contains high levels of flavanols – compounds that act as powerful antioxidants. Consumption (in moderation!) of […] Read More ->

Just Say No to Diet Soda!

Hello Loyal Soup People! It’s getting hot out there, so it’s time I remind people to hydrate! But NOT with diet soda. I keep seeing health conscious people drinking this beverage and thinking they are making a good choice. To be blunt, diet soda is an extremely unhealthy beverage. It is very, very bad for […] Read More ->

Exercise for Energy!

Hello Loyal Soup People! I recently read a headline that caught my eye. It said: What if We Know the Magic Pill to Living a Long, Healthy Life?” Of course, I was intrigued. Two lines into the article, the author revealed the answer: exercise. Exercise is the magic pill. Not always easy to swallow, but […] Read More ->

Tips for Healthy Spring Cleaning

Hello Loyal Soup People! With the new season comes the annual ritual of spring cleaning. Many people take full weekends to open the windows and deep clean their homes. Unfortunately, many of the commercially available cleaners contain very harsh chemicals that can be harmful to our skin, eyes, and lungs. This week I’d like to […] Read More ->

Lift Those Weights!

Hello Loyal Soup People! I’m written several times about the importance of exercise. Regular exercise is essential to all around health – from your brain, to your heart, and everything in between! However, weight training is often overlooked when it comes to many people’s exercise habits. I know so many runners and bikers who never […] Read More ->

Just Say No to Stress

Hello Loyal Soup People! Let’s talk about stress. We’re all over-stressed! Many studies have shown that in times of stress, we tend to seek out “comfort foods” that are usually full of salt, sugar, and fat. Then we gain weight which makes us even more stressed. Vicious cycle indeed! However, I just read an article […] Read More ->

Food Trends for 2017!

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to share a bit of information about the new food “trends” on the horizon this year. I’m very optimistic about these new trends in the food world because they seem to be very healthy! 1 – Fat is Back! We are learning more and more about how […] Read More ->

Beware of the Ice That Cometh!

Hello Loyal Soup People! The ice storm over the weekend that wreaked havoc in our region got me thinking about staying safe in icy conditions. I’m not even going to attempt to tell people how to drive in the ice and snow, other than to say stay home if you can! Unfortunately, our region is […] Read More ->

Portion Control During the Holidays

Hello Loyal Soup People! We often hear that the key to controlling weight is portion control. Unfortunately, we are trained at a young age to clear our plates, regardless of whether or not we are still hungry. This learned habit haunts us as we grow up because we are not listening to our bodies. Rather, […] Read More ->

Try Out Nutrient Dense Foods

Hello Loyal Soup People! I’m always talking about how important it is to eat more fruits and vegetables. The more the better. But, because we’re all busy people, sometimes its just hard to squeeze proper nutrition into every meal. It does, indeed, take some time, effort, and thought. So this week, I’d like to talk […] Read More ->

Tips for Surviving the Election Season!

Hello Loyal Soup People! I think it is about time that I finally write about this election. Specifically – how it is impacting our health! No, I’m not endorsing anyone in my column! I’m more concerned about a report just released by the American Psychological Association (APA) that says that 52% of American adults say […] Read More ->

You Can Never Be Too Prepared!

Hello Loyal Soup People! After watching the devastation from Hurricane Matthew and seeing people have to evacuate their homes, I began to think about what we would do in such a situation. Fortunately, we live in an area that has minimal impact from violent storms. However, it is always a good idea to be prepared […] Read More ->

Go Plant Based to Fight Disease

Hello Loyal Soup People! I come to you this week with even MORE good news about eating a plant based diet. According to research published by Harvard University, eating an overall plant-based diet resulted in a 20% decreased risk of diabetes. People who consume a health-focused plant-based diet (people who specifically focus on eating a […] Read More ->

A Personal Transformation Story to Share

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I want to share a very personal and, hopefully, inspiring story with you. We talk and talk about all the benefits of healthy living, but to share results – that’s really impactful. This week I’d like to talk about my daughter, Soupergirl! Sara used to be “mostly” vegan, but […] Read More ->

Fight Disease Through Diet and Exercise

Hello Loyal Soup People! I’ve just read about another study that shows the powerful effects of exercise and all around healthy living. Harvard researchers published results of their study in JAMA Oncology. According to the study, nearly HALF of all cancer deaths could be prevented if Americans met four lifestyle goals: – not smoking – […] Read More ->

Lower Your Salt the Natural Way!

Hello Loyal Soup People! A lot of us are trying hard to lower our salt intake these days. Excess consumption of salt is linked to hypertension and increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Many people’s palates are accustomed to a lot of salt, and when they reduce it in their diet, they find that […] Read More ->

Choose Real Food Over Supplements

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to return to the topic of supplements. As many of you know, I’m not a huge fan of getting your nutrition through pills. I strongly believe in eating a well balanced, healthy diet to fulfill your nutritional needs. Of course there are exceptions, but on the whole, […] Read More ->

A Healthy Glow is Anything But!

Hello Loyal Soup People! This record breaking heat we’re experiencing has me thinking about the sun. To be blunt, stay out of it! While a sun tan may look nice for a day or two, it is terrible for you. A tan is simply your skin’s DNA responding to damage. A burn is even worse! […] Read More ->

Just Say No to Sugar!

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’m focusing again on sugar. More specifically, I’m writing about even more reasons to avoid it. This week I want to share information about new research linking sugary beverages to greater risks of heart failure and belly fat. In a recent Swedish study, 42,400 adult men were followed for […] Read More ->

Cut the Salt, Lose the Weight!

Hello Loyal Soup People! Let’s talk, again, about salt. The truth is we all need a little salt in our lives! Most people should not be on complete salt-free diets unless prescribed by a doctor. Of course, as we know, most of us eat too much salt, mostly through processed food. I just learned of […] Read More ->

Ultra Processed is OUT!

Hello Loyal Soup People! I’m always encouraging people to stay away from processed foods. What we really need to focus on is avoiding ultra processed foods! According to a recent study I read, 40% of the average American diet includes these types of foods. Ultra processed foods contain high amounts of added sugar, salt, and […] Read More ->

Slow and Steady Weight Loss Wins the Race!

Hello Loyal Soup People! Have you ever tried to diet and failed… and then weighed more than when you started? I’ve just seen so many people struggle to lose weight, fail, lose motivation, and just give up. I find that one of the main reasons for this failure is setting unreasonable goals and expectations. Often, […] Read More ->

The Gift of Soup!

Is there anything in the world better than the Gift of Soup? Anything? OK, perhaps puppies. And rainbows. But other than that, nothing! New moms routinely tell us that our soup got them through the first few months of motherhood. “Stop sending the onesies,” they say! “Just send soup! Send SOUP!!” When your friends move […] Read More ->

Fight Disease with Veggies and Exercise!

Hello Loyal Soup People! Last week I wrote about how diet and exercise can significantly reduce your risk of stroke. This week I learned about the connection between a healthy diet and lifestyle and breast cancer prevention. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), changes in diet and exercise could prevent nearly one […] Read More ->

Free Stuff! Yes, Free!!

Free. Yes, we thought we’d start with that word. This summer, we’re all about customer appreciation. You, dear soup eaters, are incredible, so we want to say thank you. Many of you already know about Triple Point Tuesdays! Come in on Tuesday and receive three stamps on your loyalty card. Spend $25 or more and […] Read More ->

Eat Plant Based – Save Money!

Hello Loyal Soup People! As most of you know, I’m a big proponent of eating a primarily plant-based diet. Putting aside the benefits for the earth and animals, study after study shows that filling your plate with plant-based foods provides incredible health benefits. However, there is a popular belief that eating a healthy diet filled […] Read More ->

The Sun *Might* Come Out… Wear Sunscreen!

Hello Loyal Soup People! I’m writing this column on the 15th straight day of measurable rain. I’ve forgotten what the sun looks like! So, I’ve decided to write a column about sunscreen! I figure if I write about sunscreen, spring will return! Also, I annually write about this topic because I find it so important. […] Read More ->

The Beet is Back!!

The beet is back! Dance to the beet! That’s right, beet gazpacho is back on the menu. Pay no attention to the fact that we have been magically transported to Seattle where it rains all day every day. May is here, beets are in season, let’s make some gazpacho. We’ll be sending out the gazpacho […] Read More ->

Soupermom Wants You to SLOW Down!

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to remind everyone to slow down! In particular, when it comes to food! The reality is that overweight people eat more quickly than their thinner counterparts. This was recently confirmed in a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This study used a variety of […] Read More ->

Happy Birthday To Us!

Happy birthday to us!! Happy birthday to our M Street location! Happy birthday to us! Two years ago this month we opened up our new baby (Not the baby in this picture. He’s just an awesome junior soup eater who is very photogenic). Our M Street location is our little baby. Our Soupergirl “express.” Our […] Read More ->

Beware of the Detox

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week, I’d like to talk about another food fad that has me worried – Detox Diets. The simple truth is that there is no scientific evidence whatsoever to back up the numerous claims that surround these types of diets. Detox diets claim to rid your body of toxins. What, exactly, […] Read More ->

Sometimes Souper Customers Make Your Year…

An email from a customer! “What a problem I have!  You left my order on the table in my garage and I just HAD to taste it before I put it away!  WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I was afraid to order too much of any one thing because I didn’t know what everyone would like.  HOW CAN YOU […] Read More ->

How to Clean Your Greens

Hello Loyal Soup People! Spring is most definitely here and with it comes beautiful greens. You’ll see kale, spinach, chard, and more popping up at area farmers markets. This week I wanted to provide a simple primer on how to properly clean salad greens. Cleaning your produce is really important to prevent food borne illness. […] Read More ->

Let’s Get Walking!

Hello Loyal Soup People! The amazing weather we’ve been enjoying lately got me thinking about my favorite activity – walking! I like to go for a brisk walk every day as a form of exercise. I’ve recently learned how great this activity is for your health, and I wanted share some of this information with […] Read More ->

A Really Local Spring!

As you know, we are very committed to sourcing from local farmers. We take it pretty seriously (which is why we still don’t have gazpacho… no early tomatoes yet!!). This week, however, we’re really quite proud of our local sourcing for the Passover holiday menu. If you ordered from our Passover menu, or maybe just […] Read More ->

Is Protein Another Diet Fad?

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to chat about protein. Right now, protein is everywhere. I’m seeing more and more protein fortified foods, shakes, and even drinks on the market now. I’m ringing the alarm bell because this protein mania seems eerily similar to the fat-free craze of the 90’s. People’s near obsession […] Read More ->

Together We Can Fight Food Waste

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to return to the issue of food waste. I know I’ve touched on this before, but I have read even more about the issue, and I’d like to share my thoughts. Here’s a staggering statistic: In the United States, we throw away 40% of the available calories […] Read More ->

Soupergirl Goes to Hollywood (sort of…)

Yes, you read that correctly. Soupergirl soup is now a Broadway star. Sort of. The new production at Theater J features our soup! The actors serve and eat it on stage! We couldn’t believe it until we saw it for ourselves. But, yes indeed, during opening night they served Carrot Dill! We were gushing. Our […] Read More ->

Just Say No… to Added Sugar!

Hello Loyal Soup People! Last week I wrote about fat – specifically how not all fat is bad (or good) for us! There is quite a bit of debate about fat. One thing that is not up for debate is the unhealthy nature of sugar. Almost all nutritionists and health experts agree that we can […] Read More ->

All Fat is Not Created Equal

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I want to revisit the topic of fat. There is a lot of buzz and quite a bit of confusion about fat. First, I want to state clearly that I don’t have all the answers. However, I just read the results of a study that I wanted to share […] Read More ->

Supplement with Caution!

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week, let’s chat about supplements. In short – they can be very dangerous! I hate to start my column with such stark  language, but I just read some information about dietary supplements that makes me want to sound the alarm! Unfortunately, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has very little […] Read More ->

Free SOUP Ya’ll!!

Free soup, you say? Indeed!! We’re starting Triple Stamp Tuesdays at BOTH locations this Tuesday! Plus, come in on Tuesdays, spend $20 or more, and get a FREE pint of soup! Plus, with any purchase of $5 or more we’ll give you THREE stamps on your Soupergirl loyalty card! This special will run for all […] Read More ->

Vote For Soup!!

This is the LAST WEEK to vote in the City Paper’s annual Best of DC contest. Boy oh boy we would really appreciate your vote!! This handy link takes you DIRECTLY to the Soupergirl voting page. We’ve made it THAT easy. Just think, you can vote and eat soup with total impunity. Or, you could […] Read More ->

Everything in Moderation? Not So Fast…

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week, let’s talk about moderation. I often hear people say “everything in moderation” when they talk about their approach to food. Unfortunately, science proves that this is actually not the healthiest approach when it comes to your diet. According to a recent study done by Tufts University, people with greater […] Read More ->

Beware of the Checkout Aisle!

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to chat about healthy shopping habits. I’ve often written about how important it is to shop at the perimeters of stores, where you’ll find all the fresh items (fruits, vegetables, etc.). The closer you get to the center of the store, the more “processed” the food becomes. […] Read More ->

The Soupergirl “Cleanse” is Huuuuuuuge!!

You guys – we’re into our fourth week of the Non-Cleanse Soup “Cleanse” and the results are pretty incredible. Most people are signing up for multiple “cleanses.” People are dropping weight, changing their eating habits, feeling energized. One person even reported being able to fly. One of these statements isn’t true, but that’s not important […] Read More ->

Load Up on Plant Based Omega-3’s!

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week, let’s chat about Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Some of you may have heard of these incredibly important superstar fatty acids because they are linked to a much lower risk of cardiovascular disease. They are so important to heart health that the National Academy of Science recommends that men consume 1.6 […] Read More ->

Exercise Vs. Diet – What’s the Secret to Success?

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to tackle the issue of exercise versus diet – which is more important when it comes to weight loss? There has been a lot of buzz about this issue, and I wanted to add some of my thoughts to the matter. Unfortunately, the answer is not simple, […] Read More ->

Eat Truly “Naturally”

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to return to the topic of labels. It seems that mislabeling is only getting worse, and consumers need to be made aware of when they’re being deceived. Specifically, I’m referring to the word “natural” that is slapped across containers of everything from potato chips to cereal to […] Read More ->

Why The Soupergirl Non-Cleanse Soup “Cleanse?”

This past week, Soupergirl introduced the Soupergirl Non-Cleanse Soup “Cleanse” — a healthy way to lose weight and guide your body into healthy eating habits. There’s a million different diets and weight loss strategies out there — what separates our “cleanse” from the pack? A few things: Say goodbye to hunger pangs and bad cravings. The goal of […] Read More ->

Shovel Your Snow Safely!

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to talk about… snow! Specifically shoveling. While many of you have already gotten started, some might still need to get working. Snow shoveling can be fantastic exercise, but also extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, there have already been a few deaths reported of people suffering heart attacks while shoveling […] Read More ->

The Soupergirl Non-Cleanse Soup “Cleanse!”

“Each soup was more delicious than the one before. I loved the ease of having the soup ready and knowing each was going to be a treat.” “I found them to be not only delicious, but also really filling and satisfying. It didn’t hurt that I didn’t have any preparation to do…I’ve now lost over […] Read More ->

Counting Calories Versus Mindful Eating

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to chat about counting calories. I’ve heard some people say that losing weight is simple math – burn more calories than you eat! Seems easy enough! However, as most people who have tried to lose weight know – nothing comes easy. Especially weight loss. There are several […] Read More ->

Start Your Own Plant-Based “Cleanse!”

Hello Loyal Soup People! As my daughter mentioned above, we’re so excited to announce our Non-Cleanse Soup “Cleanse.” I think it can help many people establish healthy eating habits. However, if the idea of a restricted cleanse is a bit intimidating to you, I wanted to share some other news. I just read about a […] Read More ->

Join the Souper-Team in 2016!

January 4th – the most depressing day of the year?? Or… oh, whatever. It’s finally really cold, the holidays are over, and the sun sets right after lunch. But… we’ve got soup!! And, an opportunity to join the Souper-team!! That’s fun, right? We’re looking for some soup lovers to join our M Street location retail […] Read More ->

The Key to Weight Loss = Fruits and Veggies!

Hello Loyal Soup People! Raise your hand if you made a resolution to lose weight this year. I bet a lot of you just did! My first tip of the year will hopefully help you achieve this goal, while also eating healthfully. I just read another study about even more benefits of eating lots of […] Read More ->

Happy New Year from the Souperfam!!

A few scrupulous Loyal Soup Eaters pointed out that Souperdad was missing from our holiday greeting from the Souperfamily in last week’s email! What about Souperdad??  Sorry, folks! Sorry, Souperdad. So, the entire Souper-family wishes everyone a happy, healthy, and joyous new year. We’ve had another crazy year, full of wild ups and humbling lows. […] Read More ->

Final 2015 Health Tip from Soupermom!

Hello Loyal Soup People! It has been a confusing year in the health world. Long held beliefs have been turned upside down. Fat doesn’t make you fat! Salt might not be quite as bad as we thought! Coffee is really good for you! The list goes on and on. People can find the varying health […] Read More ->

Drink a Bit Healthier This Holiday Season and Beyond

Hello Loyal Soup People! We’re often chatting about the benefits of eating a plant based diet. This week I want to  focus on plant based beverages! I’m just using a fancy name for tea and coffee! However, it is timely as many of us are probably drinking a little bit more “adult” beverages. Increasing your […] Read More ->

Eat Better Chocolate!

Hello Loyal Soup People! All this chat about holiday indulgence got me thinking about chocolate. I’m sure we’re all eating quite a bit of it this month! I wanted to write this week about sustainable chocolate. While that sounds a little… silly… the truth is that buying responsibly made chocolate can have a very big […] Read More ->

More Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Hello Loyal Soup People! Right before Thanksgiving, I provided some tricks to stay healthy during the holiday season. While everyone jokes about overindulging during this time of year, the consequences of holiday weight gain can be pretty serious. The truth is, most of us don’t lose those extra two or three pounds that we gain […] Read More ->

Get Your Chew On!

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to discuss the most basic action we take when eating – chewing! Did you know that proper chewing can help with weight loss? It is something we do at every meal, so let’s pay a bit more attention to this action! Let me explain… Chewing, as opposed […] Read More ->

Thanksgiving Eating Tips!

Hello Loyal Soup People! As Soupergirl mentioned seventeen times in this email, Thanksgiving is here! As I often do around this time, I’d like to provide some helpful tips on how to maintain a somewhat healthy diet at Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season. Keep these tricks in mind when approaching a big holiday meal: […] Read More ->

Tips For Reducing Food Waste

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to discuss food waste. It seems that this huge problem is finally getting some “buzz.” I’ve heard reports on the radio, read articles, and seen news bites about it. People are finally starting to pay attention to how much food we throw away every single day. I […] Read More ->

Thanksgiving Is Coming! Thanksgiving is Coming!

How is it November already? It was 80 degrees last Friday and 50 on Sunday… but the calendar says Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away. We’re here to remind you that you can indeed pick up lots of holiday fixings at Soupergirl. Of course we’ll have our Maple Syrup Roasted Butternut Squash soup […] Read More ->

Working Out in the Cold? Go For It (safely)!

Hello Loyal Soup People! Since the weather is finally cooling down, I’d like to discuss exercising outdoors. The good news (or bad news for people looking for excuses to take breaks for working out!), is that it’s never too cold to exercise. As long as you take proper precautions, you can exercise outdoors all winter […] Read More ->

Germy Do’s and Don’ts

Hello Loyal Soup People! As Soupergirl mentioned, holiday season is rapidly approaching… which means cold and flu season is too! Yuck. I wanted to send out a few simple reminders about how to keep yourself germ-free this season. I also wanted to include a few notes about what NOT to do! DO: – Wash your […] Read More ->

Ain’t No Party Like a Soupergirl Party!

Fall is fun!! Speaking of fun, the holidays are just around the corner (wow), and it is time to think about your next party! Let’s face it folks, there ain’t no party like a Soupergirl party. What does that mean? Soupergirl caters! We can take care of a lunch meeting and deliver hot soup ready […] Read More ->

Fat! What is it Good For? Certain Things!

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to chat about fat. As many of us have come to realize, fat isn’t nearly unhealthy as we thought it was. In fact, certain types of fat are incredibly healthy! Avoiding all fat all the time is definitely not a good way to follow a healthy diet. […] Read More ->

Haunted by Sugar!

Hello Loyal Soup People! Last week, I wrote about the misconceptions about chocolate. As Halloween is getting closer, I’d like to chat this week about sugar. There isn’t a lot of ambiguity on this topic. I’m sorry to say that sugar is pretty darn unhealthy.  I’m referring specifically to added sugar. Whether it comes in […] Read More ->

The Truth About Chocolate

Hello Loyal Soup People! As I see the supermarket aisles filling up with Halloween candy, I thought I’d chat about chocolate this week. There are a lot of rumors out there about the miraculous benefits of chocolate consumption. While I hate to be a “Debbie Downer,” none have been thoroughly tested or proven. The truth […] Read More ->

Acting on Our Food Knowledge

Too much salt is bad, mm’kay? “Yes, Soupergirl, I know,” you say, reverently. But we are eating in the time of an interesting paradox — the more we learn about proper nutrition, the more we ignore! While our knowledge about food is expanding every day, so are our waistlines. This point is illustrated perfectly in Jane Brody’s article in The […] Read More ->

Fight Off Colds This Season!

Hello Loyal Soup People! Cold and flu season is officially upon us! As someone who is currently living with someone who has a nasty cold, I thought I’d share a few tips on how to avoid getting sick yourself. I’ve been following these tips myself and… so far so good! First, the bad news. Cold […] Read More ->

3 Ways Local Food Benefits You!

Locavores of DC, unite! By now, we all know local food is better for the environment, but here are 3 reasons why buying local food benefits YOU personally: Lower taxes! According to the American Farmland Trust, “farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services, whereas most development contributes less in taxes than the cost […] Read More ->

Beware of Your Cookware!

Hello Loyal Soup People! As many of you know, I’m a big fan of cooking at home. It is the best way to eat as healthy as possible. You know exactly what’s in your food and how it’s cooked… we hope. Unfortunately, not all cookware is created equally! I wanted to go over a few […] Read More ->

Soup Cleanse > Juice Cleanse

Juice cleanses are the latest fad in the health world, hailed by nutritionists and celebrities alike. Don’t get me wrong — it’s great to supplement your diet with that cold-pressed kale or beet juice (as long as it’s local!). But if you’re looking to lose weight or “detoxify” your body, there’s many reasons why a diet exclusively […] Read More ->

Special Schedule This Week!

The Pope is coming AND Yom Kippur falls on Wednesday. Schedule changes all around!! Both of our shops will close at 5:00 PM this Tuesday. Plus, our online delivery window WILL CLOSE AT 2:00 PM on Tuesday!! PLEASE PLACE YOUR DELIVERY ORDER BY THAT TIME! Also, all deliveries will be on THURSDAY. If you normally […] Read More ->

Carbs are our Friends!

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to chat about carbohydrates. Or, as we often call them these days – carbs. For a variety of reasons, carbs have been vilified lately, as they’ve come to be associated with weight gain and disease. Unfortunately, many people completely eliminate carbs from their meals, and end up […] Read More ->

The Comeback of Ancient Grains

They may be ancient, but they sure are hip: ancient grains are higher in protein, fiber, and minerals than modern wheat. Here are some of our favorites: Quinoa. The trendiest of the ancients, quinoa is the cool grain that just moved from the Andes Mountains to a small town of processed wheat that doesn’t allow dancing. But quinoa wants […] Read More ->

Soup Poetry!

Haiku featured in “Serendipitous Poetry from The New York Times” As a leftover, the soup was equally good, without the croutons. — Arab poet, replying to Omar Khayyam Let Omar sing of wine and bread, But I prefer fine soup instead. — “Soup” by Carl Sandberg I saw a famous man eating soup. I say he was […] Read More ->

Fun in DC with Kids!

Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Visit the Air and Space Museum, and Museum of National Art, and Soupergirl!! According to Vacationidea.com – we’re one of the 17bes things to visit while in DC! We always thought we were kind of fun. Now it is official! Read More ->

Change Your Environment, Change Your Diet!

Hello Loyal Soup People! In the past, I’ve written about how environmental cues play a huge role in our dietary choices. I recently read about a study published by Dr. Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab that confirms and reinforces this idea. Dr. Wansink and his team have studied ways that […] Read More ->

Get Your Matzo Ball Soup On!

Fall means it is time for the Jewish New Year which means Matzo Ball soup is back on the menu!! We’re offering it to our online delivery customers this week only. It will also be delivered to area Whole Foods on Thursday and Friday. We’re making the Soupergirl holiday special this week only, so stop […] Read More ->

Hit Refresh with Beet Gazpacho!

It may be September, but here in DC it’s still hot as ever. How do you cool down in this swampy heat? Let’s see… There’s sugary lemonade and snowcones… Soda is out… What if there was a healthier summer beverage that still tastes delicious?? Enjoy our Beet Gazpacho before it goes out of season!! Splashed with beet […] Read More ->

Gazpacho: The Season Finale!

Spoiler alert: Summer is going to be over soon. I know, I know. We’re not happy about it either. Mostly because it means time is running out to enjoy all of our seasonal gazpachos — Tomato, Cucumber, Beet, Peach, and Watermelon to be specific! Bright, refreshing, and healthy, our gazpachos are the perfect summer treat. Hurry in […] Read More ->

Soupergirl Predicts the Foodture!

When it comes to food, Washington DC is a cosmopolitan hub of innovation and trendy eats. But the trends are always changing — what does the future hold for the world of food?? Elevation DC interviewed DC’s rising food stars on the next big culinary thing — and Soupergirl gave her 2 cents! Click here to read the […] Read More ->

Beware of the Plant-Based Health Halo!

Hello Loyal Soup People! As most of you know, I’m a big advocate for eating a plant-based diet. Whether you just go meatless on Mondays, eat veg before dinner, or go fully vegan, I feel you are making an incredibly healthy choice for yourself, for the planet, and for the animals. However, this week I […] Read More ->

You Probably Need a Soupergirl Thermos

The Monday before Labor Day weekend. Is summer really almost over?? Then why is it 95 degrees?? I digress. The point is that, unfortunately, it is time to go back to work and school. So depressing. Unless you have a Soupergirl thermos!! Available at both Soupergirl locations and online, this spiffy thermos keeps soup hot […] Read More ->

The Truth About Canned Soup

Soup is truly the perfect food for all seasons and all meals, in sickness and in health. But what are you getting into when you reach for that can on the shelf? There are several problems with canned soup: Flavor Enhancers Ah yes, monosodium glutamate, aka MSGs. You know those scientific experiments where they compare an […] Read More ->

Soupergirl: One of DC’s Top Vegan Eats

The Culture Trip has published an article featuring Soupergirl as one of the top 4 vegan eats in DC! Along with our good friends Sticky Fingers, Evolve Vegan Restaurant, and Native Foods Cafe of course! We’re in good company. Whether you’re traveling through DC in need of delicious, plant-based food, or you live in the area and […] Read More ->

Support Groups for Vegging Up

Cravings. Restaurant complications. Relapses. If you’re a former meat and dairy eater who decided to quit “cold tofurkey,” you know that in those first few months, the struggle is real. Today, there are support groups for everything — World of Warcraft addiction, Game of Thrones binge-watching, and obsessive smartphone use to name a few — and […] Read More ->

Boozy Gazpacho Tastings at Penn Social!!!

Loyal soup fans! Happy hour just got even happier: This Thursday and Friday (August 27th and 28th), from 4 – 7pm, Soupergirl will be dishing out FREE SAMPLES of our Boozy Gazpacho at Penn Social!!! This awesome DC bar & restaurant is located at 801 E St. NW. Free soup! Free alcohol! What’s not to love?  This is […] Read More ->

Keep a Clean Kitchen!

Hello Loyal Soup People! Today I’m going to write about how to keep a cleaner kitchen. I’ve read a lot lately about how easy it is for germs and bacteria to sneak into our kitchen, and then our food. In fact, a recent study conducted by NSF International (a non-profit agency that establishes safety standards […] Read More ->

Have a Souper Weekend With…

Come down to Penn Social this weekend and try some one-of-a-kind Boozy Gazpacho!!! With flavors like Tipsy Tomato Fresca and Your Peach is On Fire, your drink has never been healthier! Virgin gazpacho also available!! This a special seasonal release, so hurry in while it lasts! Penn Social is located on 801 E St. NW and has […] Read More ->

Restaurants vs Fast Food

Fast food chains are bad. Very bad. Do we all agree that fast food = bad? Good! But what about sit-down restaurants? We all seem to have a common understanding that full-service food establishments will deliver better nutrition. The research, however, comes down hard on restaurants: according to a recent study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, dining out at […] Read More ->

This is Your Brain on Food!

Every day, science is drawing more and more connections between the foods we eat and the effects they have on our brains. Here’s a list of some foods that are really, really good for the brain — and which Soupergirl soups you can find them in! Bring on the beans. All beans are magic beans. They stabilize […] Read More ->

Don’t Judge a Soup by its Cover!

  What’s in a label? For a lot of “organic,” “natural,” and “healthy” foods, it‘s a whole lot of bunk. A recent article in ABC Health explores how processed foods can undergo a marketing spin and be sold as “low in fat,” “high fiber,” “natural,” and “wholesome” — but fail to meet health and nutrition standards. […] Read More ->

Watch Those Portion Sizes!

Health Tip from Soupermom!* Hello Loyal Soup People! This week, I’d like to chat about portion sizes. As I’ve mentioned in the past, understanding portion sizes is key to preventing weight gain and simply understanding how much food you consume each day. Unfortunately, there are many challenges to understanding how much we eat. A few […] Read More ->

Papa Al Pomodoro is Back!

Let’s cut right to it, shall we? Long term Soupergirl fans know that August is peak tomato season, and therefore the best time of year to make Souper Papa’s Papa Al Pomodoro soup. Juicy, summer tomatoes, bright summer basil, artisinal bread, garlic, and fruity olive oil. That’s it! Summer flavors in every spoonful. Available only […] Read More ->

Why Eat Local?

Why eat local? Here’s a few reasons: Keep real farmers in business. Farmers are awesome. Their wisdom spans the gamut; from a deep understanding of the natural world to fixing a flat tire on a Soupergirl truck. Where would we be without them?? Stuck on the side of the highway, that’s where. Conserve energy. The average food has traveled […] Read More ->

Lose the Meat, Lose the Weight!

It’s still summer — and that means there’s still time to rock a souper beach body. There’s a million diets out there, but only one works the best for weight loss: going totally plant-based! A recent article in Shape magazine highlights a review done by the Journal of General Internal Medicine. They examined 12 studies with more than 1,150 participants […] Read More ->

So Much Souper News!

In case you missed the news last week, we have a fabulous new web site!! Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback, encouragement, and wonderful compliments. We’re so happy to bring you an even better online Soupergirl experience! One of the most exciting parts of the new site is all of the different delivery […] Read More ->

Health Tip from Soupermom! Get Moving at Work!

Hello Loyal Soup People! As many of you have probably heard, “sitting is the new smoking.” In short, even if you exercise consistently before or after work, sitting motionless all day can be very detrimental to your health – even eliminating all the gains you’ve made from your workouts! Some people have chosen to use […] Read More ->

Qurazy for Quinoa!

Never eat anything with ingredients you can’t pronounce. Except quinoa. You should definitely eat quinoa. We’ve heard it pronounced every which way: “Queen Noah,” “Kai-noe,” “Kwin-wah.” However you say it, it’s still the most healthful, tasty grain around! Loaded with protein and fiber, as well as myriad nutrients like iron, lysine, and magnesium, quinoa is the […] Read More ->

Beet It: 6 Awesome Health Benefits of Beets!

Everybody knows Soupergirl’s Beet Gazpacho tastes amazing — but did you know just how good beets are for you? Here are 6 reasons why you should rock the beet this summer: Beets have anti-cancer properties. That deep red that makes our beet gazpacho so pretty to look at? Thank the cancer-fighting antioxidant betalain. One a […] Read More ->

Beyond the Label: What’s Inside So-Called “Healthy” Soups?

Lots of soups claim to be healthy. The labels always feature beautiful still-life cornucopias, bursting with fresh produce and natural ingredients. But how many of them measure up? Soupergirl did some investigating. The following are some Nutrition Facts we found on the backs of real, “healthy” soups: So let me get this straight… I eat […] Read More ->

Our New Website is Live!

Yup, we’re finally ready to announce our news. Can I get a drum roll please?? We here at Soupergirl are ecstatic to announce our new website and new order system!! We insist… nay..we DEMAND you take a tour. Pictures, blogs, stories, farmers, and a whole new way to get soup. Hey look – you found […] Read More ->

Eating Local – Easier Than We Think

When it comes to food, we all know local is better — better for our health, for farmers, for the environment. And better for soup. Don’t forget soup! What’s more?? According to a new study by the Ecological Society of America, just about everyone has the ability to source their food from local farms. Researchers […] Read More ->

Wear Your Sunscreen!

Health Tip from Soupermom! Hello Loyal Soup People! I wrote a few months ago about the importance of sunscreen. As many of you know, I feel very strongly about the importance of wearing it daily – all year long! However, it is especially important during the hot summer months. The type of sunscreen you use […] Read More ->

Eat Your Summer Fruit

Health Tip from Soupermom! As we’re in the height of summer, let’s chat about summer fruit. This is my favorite time of year. The market is bursting with all of my favorite fruits – peaches, nectarines, melons, plums, and so much more. I sometimes hear of people avoiding fruit because it has a higher sugar […] Read More ->