Hot Trend: Souping!
If you’ve ever done a juice cleanse you know that one of the side effects can be a craving for solid foods – like meat and pasta. But if you’re one of those hardy creatures who embraces a liquid diet, you’ll welcome this new trend that’s also a portable to-go meal.
The New Juicing?
How is souping different than juicing? For one thing, the fiber, which helps us feel full longer and aids healthy digestion, isn’t removed. If your soup includes other ingredients like legumes and nuts, you’ll also be getting nutrients like healthy fats and protein. And because you’re drinking your meal — the total volume of liquid can make you feel more full on fewer calories.
The Soup Cleanse Cookbook by New York-based chef and nutritionist Nicole Centeno, has plenty of recipes for souping. Centano recommends one day a week of nothing but soups, and one meal of soup per day for five days.
To answer the growing demand for variety, souping companies are popping up and making their soups available in grocery stores and straight-to-your-door deliveries. Chef Centano’s company, Splendid Spoon, ships nutrient-rich vegan soups from coast-to-coast with a menu that includes a tomato and turnip pistou or a sweet potato soup with cashews and cilantro. Splendid Spoon also offers cauliflower coconut, carrot turmeric and a shiitake mushroom vegan bone broth, priced from $55 for five soups.
Ready-Made Souping Options
Another souping company is the Sonoma brand Zupa Noma, which packages soups in a BPA-free bottle you can sip on-the-go or warm up and sip or spoon from a mug. The organic vegan offerings include a spicy immunity-boosting turmeric and yellow pepper habañero, a lycopene-rich tomato gazpacho or a carrot coconut lime blend. Each 12-ounce serving has between 70 and 150 calories and is available at Sprouts or through home or office delivery.
If you prefer making your own soup to sip, Martha Stewart has a basic recipe for pureed vegetable soups – with any veggies you choose. Martha says take your favorite veggie, like parsnips, broccoli, beets or butternut squash, and then cook with onions and blitz in a blender with olive oil, lemon juice and salt.
Eating Well offers up healthy versions of its traditional soups, many of them with a boost of protein for a more balanced and satisfying meal. Get a load of some of these: Spinach and Goat Cheese Bisque with 5 grams of protein; Tomato Soup – from whole tomatoes, mind you – with 8 grams of protein; and Sweet Potato Peanut Bisque, also with 8 grams of protein.
Whether you make your own or buy the ready-made varieties, it’s the right season for a bowl or a cup of something warm. And if you’re not trying to cleanse your insides or watch your calories, Delish has 50 super yummy soups you can slurp and chew!
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