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!

Too much salt is bad, mm’kay? “Yes, Soupergirl, I know,” you say, reverently. But we are eating in the time of an interesting paradox — the more we learn about proper nutrition, the more we ignore! While our knowledge about food is expanding every day, so are our waistlines. This point is illustrated perfectly in Jane Brody’s article in The New York Times. Despite greater access to healthcare and information, we are experiencing a nutritional crisis, from supersized (not to be mistaken for soupersized) portions to the greater affordability of fast food to our affinity for sugar. It seems we are retreating in the face of information overload and mercurial evidence that has all the consistency of DC’s climate (bread is good! Actually, bread is very very bad! Never mind, it’s good again! But too much is REALLY bad!)

In times like these, it’s helpful to keep a shortlist of rock-solid principles to help guide you towards the right choices. Ask yourself, “Is it fresh? Is it made locally? Would Soupermom (or your grandmother) recognize the ingredients? Does it contain high levels of sodium and fat or preservatives?” Actively incorporating these questions into your shopping routine, and sticking to them, will help you lead the life you’ve learned!

Locavores of DC, unite! By now, we all know local food is better for the environment, but here are 3 reasons why buying local food benefits YOU personally:

  1. Lower taxes! According to the American Farmland Trust, “farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services, whereas most development contributes less in taxes than the cost of required services.” Last time we checked, carrots don’t pay tolls and butternut squash doesn’t dial 911.
  2. It tastes better. The crops are picked when they’re at their peak of flavor and come fleshed out with genetic diversity — producing an engaging variety in shape, color, and overall taste.
  3. It’s better for you. You may have heard that the average food travels 1,500 miles before it gets to your plate. This is true. And disturbing. The shorter the time between the farm and your table (or spoon), the more nutrients and enzymes are retained!

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!!

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!!!

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Spoiler alert: Summer is going to be over soon. I know, I know. We’re not happy about it either. Mostly because it means time is running out to enjoy all of our seasonal gazpachos — Tomato, Cucumber, Beet, Peach, and Watermelon to be specific! Bright, refreshing, and healthy, our gazpachos are the perfect summer treat. Hurry in to a Soupergirl store near you, or any Whole Foods Market in the area, and hoard your gazpacho while it lasts!!! This is a season finale you don’t want to miss out on.

The Culture Trip has published an article featuring Soupergirl as one of the top 4 vegan eats in DC! Along with our good friends Sticky Fingers, Evolve Vegan Restaurant, and Native Foods Cafe of course! We’re in good company.

Whether you’re traveling through DC in need of delicious, plant-based food, or you live in the area and are preparing a dinner party that will satisfy all eating needs, or you need an emergency soup delivery to the office — Soupergirl to the rescue!

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!

PS blog post iconCome down to Penn Social this weekend and try some one-of-a-kind Boozy Gazpacho!!! With flavors like Tipsy Tomato Fresca and Your Peach is On Fire, your drink has never been healthier! Virgin gazpacho also available!! This a special seasonal release, so hurry in while it lasts!

Penn Social is located on 801 E St. NW and has happy hour everyday from 4 – 7pm! Stop by today!

It’s still summer — and that means there’s still time to rock a souper beach body. There’s a million diets out there, but only one works the best for weight loss: going totally plant-based!

A recent article in Shape magazine highlights a review done by the Journal of General Internal Medicine. They examined 12 studies with more than 1,150 participants and found that those who followed a plant-based diet lost 4 pounds more than those who did not. And there’s more — the plant based folks were more likely to stick to their healthy meal eating plan a year after the study!

While we’re on the subject, did you know that soup is one of the best ways to minimize calories while maximizing nutrients? Of course you did! Do you have a weight loss story credited to soup you’d like to share with us?? Let us know on social media — we’d love to include you in an upcoming post!