Hello Loyal Soup People!
I want to start by saying that I’m so excited about the explosion in vegan food options… everywhere! From Burger King to White Kastle to the refrigerator at Giant Food, vegan options abound. And as we face the news that the Amazon (known as “the lungs of the earth”), is burning, the need for a quick reduction in our meat consumption becomes more and more urgent. So – for the planet, I’m happy to see so many meatless options popping up everywhere.
But… I want to remind you that the word “vegan” comes from “vegetable.” The first word in “plant-based” is “plant!” So many of these new vegan options are highly processed foods. A vegan pizza is still pizza. A plant-based doughnut is still a doughnut! While these vegan options can sometimes be healthier than their non-vegan counterparts, I wouldn’t exactly call them health foods.
If you are trying to integrate more plant-based foods into your diet, look for plants! Check the ingredients on whatever you are buying – can you pronounce all of them? Are there any actual plants on the list? If not, that’s okay! Just know that you’re helping the planet immensely with your food choice. Just maybe not your body… as much!
*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!
Marilyn Polon (Soupermom), Co-Founder and CAO (chief anxiety officer) has been worried about Soupergirl since the company launched in 2008. Actually, even before that. Her career has also been random and fascinating. After twenty years as a speech therapist, Soupermom changed careers and became a volunteer coordinator. She then had a wonderful stint as a docent at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She was then dragged out of retirement by her daughter who insisted that they start a soup company. Could that be any more random?
All of the company’s recipes come from Soupermom’s kitchen. Honestly, she’s a testament to the power of healthy eating. Her hobbies include really long hikes, walking, doting on her granddaughters, and coming up with new recipes for Soupergirl. She is also a guru of all things health related but gets the words to every single song she sings incorrect. All of them. Loudly. Lastly, her laugh is contagious.