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 even candy bars! The problem is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still has no definition for the word.

According to a recent Consumer Reports study, 62% of consumers look for foods with a “natural” label. They assume that it is a healthier product. In fact, many people think that an independent organization verifies that these products are indeed “natural” (similar to USDA certified organic food). This is simply not the case. According to their website, the FDA “has not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives.”

We can’t really blame food manufacturers for taking advantage of this “hole” in FDA regulations. If there are no rules governing the use of the term “natural,” and it helps with sales, why not use it? It is up to the consumers then, to navigate around the labels and claims.

What does “natural” mean to you? No chemicals? No preservatives? Simple ingredients? No pesticides? Everyone probably has their own definition! Think about what is important to you when shopping and fill your cart with truly natural items. If you want to avoid chemicals and preservatives, stick to the produce area! If avoiding pesticides is important to you, look for organic fruits and vegetables. If buying a packaged product, skip right to the back label and make sure you recognize every ingredient. Shop “naturally” in your own way!

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:

  1. Say goodbye to hunger pangs and bad cravings. The goal of the Soupergirl Non-Cleanse Soup “Cleanse” is not to starve the weight away — that only leads to the weight coming back after the diet is over. The goal is to nourish your body with fresh vegetables, lSouperCleanse-1-49egumes, and wholesome grains. Watch as the weight falls away, you feel fuller and more energized, and your skin gives off that healthy glow!
  2. Make lasting changes to your diet and health. The Soupergirl Non-Cleanse Soup “Cleanse” trains your palate to be accustomed to healthy, real food; processed foods will begin to taste unnatural and will be the last thing you crave!
  3. We take the pyramid approach to calories. Our “cleanse” team has developed a special menu for your 4-day program. The model is “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” We start your days with hearty, energizing soups then gradually progress to the lighter soups, so your body is burning maximum calories!
  4. You’ll still love what you’re eating. Your “cleanse” package includes a diverse, flavorful array of soups — with recipes like Barley Sweet Potato & Greens, Triple Ginger Butternut Squash, Split Pea Rosemary, and Winter Root Vegetable Chili (these are just examples — the menu changes every week so you can keep “cleansing!”), you’re sure to discover something new and enjoy every spoonful!
  5. It’s easy! The soups come in 16-oz, ready-made containers — all cooked locally at our kitchen in Takoma. All you do is throw it on the stove or zap it in the microwave. Healthy has never been easier.
  6. Stay warm! It’s cold out there. What is more comforting and warming than a bowl of soup?? Soup is like a hug from your mom. Or Soupermom.

So what are you waiting for? Click here to get started and get results today!

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 their driveways. It doesn’t need to be dangerous or *too* unpleasant when done correctly.

First, it is important to remember your limitations. When we are on a treadmill or elliptical trainer and feel winded, we can hop off for a minute to regain our breath. However, many of us refuse to stop shoveling until we’ve cleared the entire driveway or sidewalk. We don’t listen to our bodies and overexert ourselves. Also, the cold air causes our blood vessels to compress, making the flow of oxygen more difficult.

Second, keep your technique in mind to protect your back and shoulders. Be sure to warm up and stretch before starting. When shoveling, keep your shoulders and hips squarely facing the snow you intend to shovel. Avoid twisting the lower back to move the snow. Instead, bend at the hips and knees, and not the lower back. Prioritize your spine! Pivot your whole body – starting at the feet! It is almost like dancing! Walk with the snow rather than reaching the shovel too far to move it.

Remember, always listen to your body. If you are winded or feeling dizzy or light headed, STOP! Put down your shovel and go inside. Remove your layers and rehydrate. Shoveling can cause you to sweat profusely under all your clothing. When you stop, that moisture can make you quite cold and cause frostbite and hypothermia!

Stay safe, warm, and healthy, 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!

“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 160 pounds — in less than a year and a half — and I feel fantastic.”

“Over 50 pounds later and insulin free, I am a committed Soupergirl devotee!”

If you are ready to:

  • lose weight
  • gain energy
  • embrace healthier eating habits
  • rid your body of processed food, salt, and fat

The Soupergirl Non-Cleanse Soup “Cleanse” is for you.

Why are we calling it a Non-Cleanse Soup “Cleanse?” We’re not doing any sort of “detox” of your body. Your liver is in charge of that. We’re not drastically restricting your food intake. You won’t feel tired or sluggish. We are cleaning up your dietary habits. We’re kicking out the processed foods, the sugar, the excess fat and empty calories. We’re replacing them with clean, wholesome, real food. Click here to get started!

Four Days. Four Soups a day. Sixteen total soups. The first steps towards a total overhaul of your approach to eating. The soups are so delicious and filling, you’ll hardly notice you’re “cleansing.”

We don’t believe in fad diets, detoxes, or temporary fixes. We do believe in permanent changes to help you get on track to living a healthy life. A non-cleanse soup “cleanse” will:

  • Change your palate. After four days of eating clean, plant-based, healthy Soupergirl soup, you’ll begin to crave clean food, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes over salt, fat, and sugar (processed foods!).
  • Make you feel energized and satiated. The daily soup cleanse menu is full of naturally occurring fiber, protein, along with vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. Say goodbye to sugar spikes and crashes, afternoon fatigue, and pangs of hunger. The soup “cleanse” will keep you satisfied throughout the day.
  • Leave you lighter! The Soupergirl soup cleanse is not a crash diet. On a typical cleanse day, you’ll get over 40 grams of fiber and 30 grams of protein by consuming just 1,200 to 1,500 calories. This type of clean eating will leave your jeans fitting a little looser at the end of the cleanse. You’ll be on your way towards making permanent food changes that will keep you eating healthfully all the time!

The best part? It is so easy! The soups come pre-packaged in single serving containers. Take them with you to work, heat them up when you are ready to eat, and you’re on your way! No need to think about what you’ll be eating for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! You’re set for four straight days!

How does the Soupergirl Non-Cleanse Soup “Cleanse” work?

Our team has crafted you a unique daily menu, engineered for nutritional absorption and energy production. After four days, you’ll be on the road to making healthy, lasting diet changes.We provide a program that lists the soups for each day, along with our numbered suggestions for serving order. The model is “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” This pyramid approach to calorie intake is the best path to achieving full health benefits and sustained energy throughout the day.

An example soup cleanse menu (changes weekly!)*:

Day 1:

  1. Barley Sweet Potato and Greens
  2. Winter Root Vegetable Chili
  3. Curried Quinoa Roasted Sweet Potato
  4. Triple Ginger Butternut Squash

Day 2:

  1. Mushroom Barley
  2. Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili
  3. Mushroom Tahini and Greens
  4. Gingered Sweet Potato

Day 3:

  1. White Bean Mushroom
  2. Barley Chickpea Kale
  3. Creole Rice and Bean
  4. Split Pea Rosemary

Day 4:

  1. Black Bean Pumpkin
  2. Lentil Sweet Potato Apple
  3. Curried Red Lentil Split Pea
  4. Winter Vegetable

*Menu is a sample only. Menu changes weekly. Substitutions can be made for cleansees with allergy restrictions.

Order your “cleanse” by Monday at 5:00 PM and the soups will be ready for pick up on Wednesday morning.

Why Soupergirl?

Let’s face it: we live in a sorry state of soup. The salt content of commercial soups averages around 800 mg per cup. And don’t even get me started on the preservatives and additives (MSGs and Xanthan and Guar gum, oh my!). Soupergirl soup is homemade. You will recognize every ingredient on the labels. Our soups arelow in salt but high in flavor. They are 100% plant-based. The ingredients are fresh, local, and seasonal.

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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 problems with this approach to food. First, everyone burns calories differently. We all have those friends who can seemingly eat whatever they want, do no exercise, and never gain a pound. This is frustrating for people who seem to gain weight if they even look at a cookie! Yes, they may be consuming the same amount of calories each day, but their bodies burn them off at a different rate. Technically, the naturally thin person is burning off more calories than the person who struggles. How do you measure this? How do you figure out how many calories a typical person burns each hour, by doing different activities? It is nearly impossible! There really is no “typical” person, so an accurate calculation is very difficult to achieve. Even if you exercise on a machine that claims to count calories burned, it is only providing a general estimate. It isn’t a very accurate count.

On the flip side, calculating calories “in,” can be even harder. What if you have a large apple instead of a small one? How do you exactly measure a serving size? Also, the software used to calculate calorie counts on labels is often flawed and outdated. These little variances can cause calorie estimates to vary by the hundreds, if not more!

So what is a calorie counter to do? Certainly don’t give up. Many studies say that keeping a food diary is extremely helpful. Whether or not you’re actually writing down your caloric intake, the fact that you are recording everything you eat will cause you to examine your food patterns. You can identify days and times when you might be overeating and figure why and how to stop. Also, if you track your food, you might realize you’ve eaten more than you thought on a given day and have a lighter dinner.

You can also try to mindfully approach food, instead of worrying about calories. Listen to your body. Eat when you are hungry. Seek out whole grain, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. However, this can be really hard for some people, and true mindful eating can take a while to master. In the meantime, try a journal! Don’t stress too much about exact calories. Instead, look for habits and trends. You might start seeing some fast results!

*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! 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 research review in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Researchers at Harvard University studied results of 12 diet-focused clinical trials. The results were startling! Vegetarians lost an average of 4.5 pounds more than those who were on non-vegetarian diets. Vegans lost more weight than lacto-ovo vegetarians (people who don’t eat meat or poultry but include milk and eggs in their diets).

The researchers hypothesized that one reason behind the weight loss discrepancies is that vegetarians and vegans include more viscous fiber in their diets. Foods with this type of fiber fill you up more quickly with less food which leads to consuming less calories. They also help keep you regular!

So, if you’re looking to lose a little weight, consider going plant-based! Even one or two days a week can make a difference! But remember – not all vegan food is healthy. A diet of bagels, Twizzlers, and deep fried tofu is not going to lead to weight loss! However, one filled with whole grains, legumes, and a lot of seasonal fruits and vegetables probably will!

Create your own “cleanse!” Pick a few days a week (or all!) and try to focus on plant based food. You may be surprised with the results!

*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!

IMG_1532January 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 team. We’re also searching for more brand representatives to help get more people hooked on soup! For more information or to apply, please visit our Careers Page. Bonus! You get to jump into high chairs! So much fun! And a little weird…

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 fruits and vegetables. According to researchers at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, eating more fruits and non-starchy vegetables is associated with weight control and even modest weight loss. The study indicated that Phenolic-rich fruits (such as berries, pears, and apples), as well as citrus fruits, cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens, tofu, and soy may have bioactive compounds that help our bodies achieve long term weight loss. Translation? A diet heavy in fruits and vegetables will yield permanent (not “yo-yo”) weight loss!

Basically, these types of foods are high in fiber and have low glycemic loads. This means that snacking on roasted Brussels sprouts and an apple will keep us full for a longer period of time and won’t cause our insulin levels to spike. We’ll stay satiated longer, won’t crave more food immediately because our sugar levels won’t spike and plummet.

Remember, this benefit is in addition to the myriad of others associated with a diet high in fruits and vegetables. Lower disease rates, longevity, better cardio-vascular health, and so much more. Plus, for every apple or kale salad you eat, you’re most likely eating less fried food, candy, etc. So, to get a head start on that resolution, start roasting that broccoli!

*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!

052914_soupergirl_0031A 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. Throughout it all, you, our kind and wonderful Soup Eaters, have supported us at every step. It might sound cliche, but you really are our inspiration. When we try new soups, think about expansion, and just ponder our every day business, we think of you. “What would our Loyal Soup Eaters want,” we ask ourselves. Please keep the emails, comments, phone calls, Facebook posts, etc. coming. We’re listening! We want to hear from you!! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Speaking of new things, we have something really, really cool debuting in 2016. It is going to be extremely souper. Seriously.

In housekeeping news, both stores will close at 4:00 PM on New Years Eve and will remain closed on New Years Day. Soup up early, folks!!

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 recommendations very confusing.

So what’s a Soupermom to do?? What tips and advice can I confidently pass along? In my opinion, while things do seem confusing, basic health recommendations haven’t changed too much. In short, trust your gut. Like Michael Pollan says, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

What does this mean? If you need a PHD to read the ingredient list of a particular product you’re eating, it probably isn’t natural. Not “food.” Listen to your body! If you’re body says you’re no longer hungry, stop eating. And lastly, most nutritionists, doctors, and health specialists agree that a plant based diet is one of the best paths to healthy living – for yourself and for the planet.

The debate about salt, fat, sugar, etc. all become noisy after a while. If you eat primarily plant based, unprocessed food and listen to your body, you’re eating healthfully. Add in a bit (or a lot) of exercise, and you are on your way!

Finally, thank you, everyone, for a wonderful year. It has been a challenging yet incredible time here at Soupergirl, and we have you to thank for so much. Wishing you all a very happy and healthy new year!!

*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!