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, are “toxins?” Quite simply, toxins are types of poisons. They do indeed get into our body through a variety of means, ranging from snake bites to consumption (i.e. ingesting BPA from cans, etc.). Fortunately, our bodies have built in mechanisms to expel them. Primarily, our livers and kidneys “detox” our bodies all day! Unless your organs aren’t functioning properly, there is no need to take further action to remove toxins from your body.

Trans-fats, sugar, and salt are not good for you. They are not, however, toxins. Be cautious of any diet that includes claims to rid your body of toxins. Be wary of any diet that drastically reduces your caloric intake and requires you to take supplements of various sorts. If you do lose weight on a “detox diet,” you’re most likely just dropping water weight, not fat.

If you’d like to clean up your diet, focusing on “clean eating” is definitely the way to go. Remove processed food, excess sugar, salt, and other unhealthy foods from your life. Start by eating fresh, healthy food! Healthy eating doesn’t come in three-day packages. It takes a lifelong commitment. One that will serve you well for life!

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!

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 MAKE SUCH FABULOUS FOOD???

I called the store and got the very last large container of the Vegetarian LIVER … and I bought more of the small ones.  And I don’t like quinoa and sweet potato salad and yours was AMAZING so I had to order 4 more containers.  Almost everything was sold out… You obviously have found something special, especially for those of us who have only morning recipes for Passover.

What I can’t figure out is how I love EVERYTHING you make when I would never touch  (real)  liver (at least not in almost 40 years); don’t love sweet potatoes and could take or leave quinoa.  It must be that you combine in the most amazing way to make truly great food!”

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. The only two times Soupergirl has ever gotten food poisoning is from improperly cleaned spinach!

Cleaning greens takes a little more effort than simply running them under water. Ideally, you’ll need two big bowls, but the process can be done with one. Fill up one bowl with with cold water and your greens. Agitate the greens with your hands, giving them a good shake so the dirt and sediment falls to the bottom. Remove the greens and place them the in the second bowl, and fill it up with water. Empty the first bowl and rinse it out. Repeat this process until the water in the bowl is clear after you remove the greens. It usually takes about three cycles. If you only have one bowl, remove the greens and place them in a strainer in between each cycle.

A good salad spinner is great for removing all this excess moisture. Don’t clean your greens until you are ready to eat them because damp greens wilt quickly. Keep the greens in the crisper drawer in your refrigerator to further keep away moisture.

This cleaning process should be done with all greens – local, organic, and store bought. Even “triple washed” packaged greens should be cleaned! Better to take the extra few minutes to wash your greens then to end up sick!

Happy Spring, everyone!

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!

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 you.

– Brisk walking has similar benefits to running! It can help reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease. As long as your heart rate is elevated, and you’re breathing a little heavier than normal, you’re fighting these diseases!

– Short, five minute walks every hour can help stave off the risks associated with sitting for long periods of time at your desk. As we’ve recently learned, “sitting is the new smoking.” Going for small walks throughout the day does the body good.

– Walking can help control your blood sugar. Walking for 15 minutes after each meal has been shown to control our blood sugar levels over a 24 hour period. The benefits of this type of walking were even better than if you walked 45 minutes all at once.

– Walking gets the creative juices flowing! Going for outdoor walks can help lift your mood and stimulate your creative side. Experiencing writers block? Go for a short hike!

The benefits of walking are really endless. I also like walking because it requires no fancy gear, membership, or extensive training. I like to think of it as a “gateway” exercise. Once you get used to walking regularly, you might be tempted to start running or even more! What a great habit!

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!

spinachgarnersAs 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 dine at Soupergirl over the next few weeks, you’ll be enjoying:

– Beets and potatoes from Tuscarora Organic Coop (organic!)
– All kinds of greens (spinach, collards) from Garner’s Produce
– Sweet potatoes and carrots from Twin Spring Fruit Farm
– Apples and butternut squash from Spring Valley Farm and Orchard
– Turnips from the Farm at Sunnyside (organic!)

Thank you for helping us support our fantastic local farms. We hope you’ll taste the difference!

And yes indeed, our Passover pre-order menu is now closed. However, we will try to keep our refrigerators stocked with Passover soups, salads, and seder items throughout the week. Call ahead to check availability! And we will be open next week from Monday through Thursday. Come dine with us!

matzoloveApril is here! As we mentioned last week, we are now accepting orders for our Passover menu! Place your order by using our online form and choose home delivery or pick up at either one of our stores. All orders MUST be received by noon on April 15th – so you have only two weeks left!! We have all that you need for a delicious, healthy, and souper Passover! Plus, our stores will be open during the holiday, so if you need a break from macaroons and matzo kugel, come by and visit! Please email with us any questions or to request the full menu and details.

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 with protein consumption is based on too little research, and we could pay for this style of eating later on. People have associated high protein diets with healthy diets without really knowing the full story.

Protein is complicated! It is a macronutrient containing amino acids. There are over 500 amino acids (units), and each protein source contains different combinations of these units. So it is difficult to speak about the health benefits and risks associated with protein in general because there are so many different types!

We do know that there are many long term concerns with consuming too much protein, especially the type that comes from animals. Studies suggest that consuming too much animal-based protein can cause kidney problems and other health issues.

You’ll notice that most food recommendations now focus on specific food sources and dietary patterns (i.e. the kinds of food you should eat), rather than nutrients in isolation. For example, food guidelines recommend diets emphasizing fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Nutrients impact us differently based on how they are found in your food. So when you lump all protein together (plant, fish, dairy, and meat), you are not really getting a complete picture.

What we do know is that many people who eat diets heavy in protein tend to avoid essential whole grains and other complex carbohydrates. These types of diets tend to be lacking in essential vitamins and fiber. When we put all of our focus on one specific nutrient, other foods becomes less important. Just like the fat-free craze… from which we are still recovering!

As you probably can guess, I’m never a fan of the latest diet craze. I always feel great when I eat simply and clean. Lots of fruits, vegetables, healthy grains and healthy fats. Not a lot of sugar and salt. Simple, clean, healthy, and delicious. No fads, no crazes, just basic healthy eating!

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!

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 in our food supply, while up to 15% of households nationally experience food insecurity. Literally more than a billion pounds of edible food gets thrown away every year. One billion pounds. That statistic is staggering.

What’s worse is that decomposing food in landfills releases methane which is a huge contributor to climate change. Tossing food is not only incredibly wasteful (it represents a loss of $240 billion to the US economy), but it is also terrible for the environment.

Why do we waste so much? Quite simply, we produce too much! In the US, we are accustomed to seeing shelves always full of fresh produce, dairy, eggs, etc. We find the sight of empty supermarket shelves ahead of snowstorms to be hilarious and unfamiliar. Rest assured, on a normal day, markets don’t come close to selling all of that fresh food. They factor huge amounts of waste into their budgets.

Quite simply, we must stop wasting so much. We must stop over-buying, so we can stop over-producing! We must start being responsible shoppers and consumers. Here are a few tips to help you waste less food:

– Be a smart shopper. Always bring a list with you when you shop. Avoid impulse buys. Be aware of your schedule for the week. If you know you are going to have a busy week and won’t be home for dinner most nights, avoid purchasing highly perishable items.

– Embrace your freezer. If you think you won’t finish eating certain foods in your refrigerator, freeze them! Instead of buying fresh items the next week, head to your freezer! Many items freeze incredibly well – especially soup!!

– Be smart about expiration dates. As I’ve mentioned before, expiration dates on many foods are really arbitrary. Many food items are safe to eat well beyond the dates listed on the containers. Also, sell-by dates are very different than use-by dates. If something looks, smells, and tastes good, don’t throw it away!

– Use your scraps. We often over-peel and toss away valuable peels and scraps. If you wash your potatoes, carrots, and sweet potatoes – there is no need to peel them! You are simply throwing away valuable nutrients and vitamins. If you do end up peeling, use the peels to make vegetable stock! Bake the potato peels for homemade chips! Just be sure to wash the produce before cooking.

– Embrace composting. Avoid throwing away food by signing up for a compost service. Fortunately, the DC area is home to many wonderful compost companies. We love the crew at Compost Cab! They pick up right at your door, or you can bring your compost to them at the Dupont Circle Farmers Market every Sunday.

The most important thing you can do is to simply be aware. Be thoughtful about your food choices. Simply paying more attention to your buying habits can make a huge difference. If we make changes on an individual level, we can impact our entire food system.

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!

Passover is coming! Passover is coming! Time to panic!! No wait… have no fear… the Soupergirl Passover Pre-Order Menu is here!! We have plenty of food to carry you through the seders and beyond. Soup? Check. Charoset? You betcha. Mocked chopped liver? Yes please, I’ll take two. Sides, salads, and dessert? We’ve got you covered.

Please read the fine print below for all the details. It is a lot to read, but most of your questions will be answered. When you’re ready to order, fill out the information on our online order form.

Both Soupergirl locations (Takoma and Dupont Circle) will be open during the holiday and will be serving kosher for Passover food beginning on Sunday, April 17th through Thursday afternoon, April 28th at 4:00 PM. All items on this menu and at the Soupergirl locations will be certified kosher for Passover by the Star K and the Capital K (Vaad Harabanim of Greater Washington). Each store will have an even wider selection of items than those which are listed on the pre-order form. However, we cannot guarantee any specific item’s in-store availability, which is why we highly recommend pre-ordering.

Delivery is available for pre-orders of $50 or more (see details below). There is no minimum for orders that will be picked up at our stores.

To place an order in advance, please fill out this online form by Friday morning, April 15th at noon.

Delivery is available for orders of $50 or more to addresses within our delivery area (Washington, DC, Rockville, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Potomac, Arlington).  Deliveries will be made on Thursday, April 21st and Friday, April 22nd. There is a $10 fee for all deliveries.

There is no order minimum for pick up at either Soupergirl location (314 Carroll Street, NW Washington, DC 20012 or 1829 M Street, NW Washington, DC 20036). Pick up orders will be available at our stores during the following hours:

– Takoma: Thursday, April 21st (10:00 AM – 8:00 PM) / Friday, April 22nd (8:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
– M Street: Thursday, April 21st (11:00 AM – 7:00 PM) / Friday, April 22nd (11:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

Orders must be received by Friday, April 15th at noon. Once the order is received and processed, we’ll email you a confirmation and invoice within 48 hours.

We will notify you of your delivery window no later than Wednesday, April 20. You do not need to be home to receive your order! Simply leave out a cooler or let us know of any special delivery instructions.

Note! Soupergirl is a vegan company so all items are parve!

The menu is below. To place your order, please visit our online order form.

Thanks for including us in your holiday!!



Traditional Charoset

$13.00 per quart

Ingredients: local apples, walnuts*, cinnamon, sweet red wine, organic raw vegan cane sugar, kosher salt
*contains walnuts.

Root Vegetable Tsimmes

$13.00 per quart

Ingredients: local sweet potato, butternut squash, local potato, local turnip, local carrot, local apple, prunes, raisins, orange juice, lemon juice, cinnamon, maple syrup, potato starch, sweet red wine, kosher salt, pepper

Chopped “Liver”

$14.00 per quart

Ingredients: local mushrooms, caramelized onion, walnuts*, carrot, garlic, onion, extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, pepper

*contains walnuts.


Cream of Spinach

$11.00 per quart, $40.00 per gallon

Ingredients: local spinach, homemade cashew cream*, local potato, fennel bulb, local apple, apple juice, coriander, garlic, carrot, celery, onion, homemade vegetable stock (water, carrot, celery, onion, bay leaf, parsley, thyme), extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, pepper.
*Contains cashews.

Potato Leek

$11.00 per quart, $40.00 per gallon

Ingredients: local potato, fennel, leek, onion, homemade vegetable stock (water, carrot, celery, onion, bay leaf, parsley, thyme), extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, white pepper

Spring Vegetable

$11.00 per quart, $40.00 per gallon

Ingredients: local sweet potato, local potato, local kale and/or spinach, carrot, celery, onion, fennel, local rosemary, thyme, tomato paste, homemade vegetable stock (water, carrot, celery, onion, bay leaf, parsley, thyme), extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, black pepper

Gingered Quinoa Vegetable

$11.00 per quart, $40.00 per gallon

Ingredients: organic quinoa, local kale & spinach, fennel, ginger root, ground ginger, Hungarian sweet paprika, cumin, coriander, garlic, carrot, celery, onion, homemade vegetable stock (water, carrot, celery, onion, bay leaf, parsley, thyme), extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, pepper

Roasted Carrot Fennel

$11.00 per quart, $40.00 per gallon

Ingredients: local carrot, fennel, orange juice, garlic, celery, onion, vegan raw cane sugar, homemade vegetable stock (water, carrot, celery, onion, bay leaf, parsley, thyme), extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, pepper

Garlicky Borscht

$11.00 per quart, $40.00 per gallon

Ingredients: local beets, local potato, tomato paste, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, dill, garlic, carrot, homemade vegetable stock (water, carrot, celery, onion, bay leaf, parsley, thyme), extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, pepper

Matzo Ball Soup

$11.50 per quart (four matzo balls per container)

Ingredients: matzo meal*, club soda, organic ground flaxseed, baking soda, carrot, cinnamon, homemade vegetable stock (water, celery, onion, carrot, bay leaf, parsley, thyme), extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt

*contains gluten. Remember! This is vegan matzo ball soup! Please be sure to read the heating instructions for maximum enjoyment!


Roasted Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad

$13.00 per quart

Ingredients: organic quinoa, roasted local sweet potato, maple syrup, cumin, cinnamon, scallion, red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, pepper

Kale Quinoa Apple Salad

$13.00 per quart

Ingredients: local kale, local apple, walnut*, organic quinoa, celery, extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, lemon juice, cinnamon, kosher salt, pepper

*Contains walnut

Quinoa Pudding

$14.00 per quart

Ingredients: organic quinoa, dates, almonds*, homemade cashew cream*, organic raw vegan cane sugar, kosher salt. *Contains almonds and cashews.

Ready to order? Visit our online order form and get started!

JCCYes, 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 little soup is all grown up! She won’t even talk to us anymore. We need go to through her agent. Thanks a lot, SOUP!  OK actually, Theater J does indeed feature our soup in their production of Falling Out of Time, running through April 17th. It is an incredible, unique, almost indescribable play. We do not want to reveal too much, other than to say we have not stopped thinking about it since opening night. It is original, challenging, and beautiful. And if you sit in the right seat, you are served soup! Seriously! We highly recommend that you check it out – and not just for the soup.