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!!

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.

 

Haiku featured in “Serendipitous Poetry from The New York Times”

As a leftover,

the soup was equally good,

without the croutons.

Arab poet, replying to Omar Khayyam

Let Omar sing of wine and bread,

But I prefer fine soup instead.

“Soup”
by Carl Sandberg

I saw a famous man eating soup.
I say he was lifting a fat broth
Into his mouth with a spoon.
His name was in the newspapers that day
Spelled out in tall black headlines
And thousands of people were talking about him.

When I saw him,
He sat bending his head over a plate
Putting soup in his mouth with a spoon.

“Soup for Breakfast”
by Calef Brown

I like soup for breakfast.
That’s the way I am.
I’m not a fan
Of toast and jam,
Or griddlecakes
With eggs and ham,
Or even Cream of Wheat,
A bowl of cream of broccoli,
Now there’s a morning treat.
Coffee drinkers often scoff,
but I just laugh and sip my broth.
That’s the way my day starts off.
I like soup for breakfast.

 

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.

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!

 

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!