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 made of soup (a Soupergirl cleanse!) is healthier than one that consists solely of vegetable juice. Here are some reasons why a “soup cleanse” is healthier than a “juice cleanse:”

  • Fiber, fiber, fiber. “Fibre” if you’re British. While juices are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients, the process of extracting the liquid from the vegetables also extracts the fiber, which is crucial for healthy digestion and overall functioning of the body. Soup, however, lets those vegetables shine in their full form — fiber and all!
  • Diversity of nutrients. There’s many extremely nutritious ingredients, such as garlic and olive oil, that just don’t work in juice form. While it’s physically possible to run garlic through the juicer, the taste will be enough to kill several vampires.
  • Expense. Let’s face it. Juice is expensive. And if you’re making your own, it takes time. As a sustainable diet over multiple weeks, Soupergirl soup is a much more affordable alternative to juice.
  • Lasting energy. Vegetable juices can be high in sugar, and while it’s not the evil processed kind, it’s still enough to cause a brief spike followed by a crash — especially when it’s all the body is taking in. Soup that is rich in healthy grains, vegetables, and legumes, however, provides the body with a natural, protein-packed boost of energy that lasts through the day, and leaves the body leaving refreshed and cleansed!

Let us know on our Facebook page if you would like to participate in a “Soupergirl cleanse” and monitor the results — we’d love to help!!

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:

  1. 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 to dance. And OH how it dances! Loaded with protein, fiber, and flavinoids, this is a fantastic grain to cut loose to.
  2. Farro. (Sung to the tune of “Tomorrow” from Annie) Just thinking about/that farro, clears away the processed wheat and carb-os/til there’s none! Similar in texture to barley, farro is a super healthy way to pack in protein and energy.
  3. Chia. The seed, not the pet. We do not recommend eating Chia Pets. The gelatinous exterior clings to your cell walls and cleanses the body. Try submerging in water for a cheap, easy way to upgrade your daily nutrition!
  4. Freekeh. Get freaky with freekeh!! (You saw that one coming, didn’t you?). Low in fat and packed with calcium, iron, and zinc, this grain is right up there with the best of them.
  5. Amaranth. A total hipster grain, Amaranth was providing tons of protein and magnesium before it was cool. Dressed in skinny jeans and box-framed glasses and sporting high amounts of the amino acid lysine, Amaranth is a great choice for those who find most forms of wheat too mainstream.

 

It may be September, but here in DC it’s still hot as ever.IMG_3255 (1) 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 and a touch of jalapeno, this one-of-a-kind summer treat won’t be on the shelves for much longer! And there’s more than just the amazing taste — this gazpacho is ridiculously healthy!! Check it out:

  • Beets! The nitric oxide boosts blood flow and provides a great source of natural energy.
  • Tomatoes! Also pronounced tomahtoes. A fantastic way to load up on antioxidants.
  • Olive oil and lemon juice: the “nutritional synergy” (fancy, huh?) that occurs when you combine these ingredients makes gazpacho one of the most popular foods for those trying to lose weight.

So what are you waiting for? Run, cycle, scooter, cannonball over to the nearest store that sells Soupergirl and claim yours today!!!

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 full article.

One thing that definitely isn’t going anywhere: plants. Specifically, plants cooked into a delicious, healthy soup. You don’t have to be Nostradamus to know that soup is always going to be around!!

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 overweight mouse to a mouse of normal weight? Ever wonder where they found a fat mouse?? The mouse didn’t come like that. The scientists literally fed it MSGs, the chemical proven to cause weight gain faster and more effectively than anything else. This is the same chemical found in 90% of processed foods! And it’s especially abundant in canned soups. Look out for “natural flavoring” and “hydrolyzed vegetable protein” on the nutritional info. Generally speaking, if your mother can’t pronounce or recognize an ingredient, it is no bueno!

BPA

Not so fun fact: the liner of most soups contains significant levels of BPA, the synthetic chemical known to produce unhealthy xenoestrogens in the body. According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, people who consumed canned soup for lunch five times a week had detectable levels of BPA, as opposed to those who ate homemade soup. Laura Vandenberg, PhD, of Tufts University, says that kind of dramatic increase in BPA levels is “unlike anything we’ve ever seen.” Soupergirl containers, however, are BPA free!

Sodium

That 800 – 900 + milligrams of sodium you see on canned soups’ nutritional labels? Double it. Most labels apply the nutritional information to an 8-ounce serving, and when’s the last time you’ve eaten a half-can of soup? And who needs up to 2,000 mg of sodium in their diet?? Not only does it leave you bloated, it can lead to a heart attack and stroke. Don’t be salty.

Moral of the story: Always read the nutritional labels. And avoid canned soups in favor of local companies like Soupergirl — your health will thank you for it!

 

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 now vegans are joining the club.

The Washington Post published an article profiling VegUp, formerly known as Meat and Dairy Eaters Anonymous, which helps eaters from all walks of life transition into a plant-based diet. They gather to share information, support, and eat vegan nachos. Awesome. Click here to read the full article!

Are you a plant-based eater who still gets cravings for that cheese pizza or BBQ chicken wing? Comment your strategies for maintaining a healthy diet on our Facebook page!

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 a sit-down restaurant can mean far more sodium in your diet— and nearly as much saturated fat — as eating at a fast-food joint. And diners consume more calories when eating at the restaurant than they do if they take the food home!

When you live in a city, it’s often more convenient to eat out than cook a meal at home. When you do, just be mindful of the restaurant’s approach to ingredients — what they are, how they’re sourced, and how they’re prepared. The more boxes they check — local, seasonal, plant-based, low-salt, low-fat — the better!

Never eat anything with ingredients you can’t pronounce. Except quinoa. You should definitely eat Quinoaquinoa.

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 bodybuilder’s favorite snack, the perfect energy food for breakfast or lunch, and the heartily amazing addition to any soup or salad.

This week, Soupergirl is going qurazy-for-quinoa: try our hot Quinoa Vegetable Basil soup or our Spicy Quinoa Bean & Corn Salad! Hurry in before this soupergrain runs out!