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Why We Love Legumes

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Why We Love Legumes

Hello Loyal Soup People!

Hopefully you’ve noticed that we’ve just launched our new fall Souper Meals menu. In addition to traditional fall flavors (pumpkin, sweet potato, and more!), you’ll see that the soups are packed with legumes. At Soupergirl, we love these nutritious gems. They are bursting with protein, fiber, B vitamins, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and other minerals. Growing legumes is also great for the planet. They leave a very small carbon footprint. With all this chat about our favorite ingredient, I thought I’d answer the burning question – exactly what is a legume??

– Legumes are simply plants that grow inside pods. Examples include peanuts (yes – they are technically legumes!), soybeans, and green beans.

– Pulses, another term we use a lot, are types of legumes. They are edible seeds that grow in pods and are then dried. Beans (black, kidney, navy, etc.), peas (split green, split yellow), lentils, and chickpeas are all pulses.

Some people avoid beans because of their high carbohydrate content. But remember, not all carbs are created equal! Because legumes have so much fiber, when consumed they don’t cause a spike in insulin (versus, for example, what happens after eating a plain bagel). Legumes are also low in saturated fat and calories. A small serving of beans keeps you full for hours because of their high nutrition content. So, you end up eating less throughout the day!

Call them whatever you want – beans, legumes, pulses, or… you best friends. No judgement! But you can see why they are our favorite ingredient!



*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!

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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.

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