#FeatureFriday: Lemongrass the Aromatic Healer

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Like the name suggests, Lemongrass is essentially a plant with thin long leaves that smells like lemons and primitive in many Asian countries. Though many people use Lemongrass as culinary herbs, their nutritional and health benefits are not always acknowledged or known. Having the ability to relief fevers, infections, stomach and respiratory disorders and insomnia, this aromatic healer acts as an antioxidant that the body against antibiotic-resistant activity. Due to its acidic nature, Lemongrass is also known to be a good source of vitamins A and C, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper and other essential nutrients that are beneficial to the body.

Read more about the top 10 health benefits of Lemongrass on Top10homeremedies.com

7 Days of Smart Soup – Greek Minestrone Zucchini Pasta

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One more day till the weekend meaning that’s one more day closer to Christmas! As the holiday festivities continue, most people would agree that it’s quite difficult to stick to a “healthy” meal plan. We on the other hand, don’t think it is completely impossible. Take our Greek Minestrone Zucchini Pasta recipe as an example!

Our Greek Minestrone Smart Soup is known to have a combination of cannellini beans, juicy plum tomatoes, carrots and celery, all infused in a homemade vegetable stock. This rustic, hearty soup is flavoured with Mediterranean herbs and spices, making this a perfect minestrone to serve by itself or in this modified recipe.

Read about our Thai Coconut Vermicelli Noodles with Shrimp Recipe

We used the Greek Minestrone Smart Soup as a pasta base and added some zucchini to give the pasta more flavour and texture. Depending on your preference, spaghetti or penne pasta will work with this dish. Heat the soup up and mix in the cooked penne pasta. To top it off, add some mozzarella and/or parmesan cheese to it. This Mediterranean-style family staple will be a hit at your holiday parties.

Let us know if you’ve tried this recipe by tagging us in #7daysofSmartSoup! Need some more Smart Soup? Find a store near you!

7 Days of Smart Soup – Thai Coconut Vermicelli Noodles with Shrimp

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Ever have one of those days where you’re just CRAVING for some yummy noodles in soup? Well maybe today could be one of those days. Taking inspiration from the Thai Coconut Curry Noodles we’re familiar with and the classical Thai noodle dish Mee Kati, this variation of our Thai Coconut Curry Smart Soup is quick and super easy to whip up.

Traditionally, most Thai curry noodles use coconut milk as a key component. The Mee Kati is also cooked in a creamy coconut milk broth which is then cooked together with minced pork or shrimp, tofu, soy beansprouts, etc. In our Thai Coconut Vermicelli Noodle Soup, we’re actually substituting out the rich coconut milk and instead putting in our Thai Coconut Curry Smart Soup as the soup base.

Read about our French Lentil Quinoa Soup Recipe

Although the coconut milk is flavourful, it is also high in fats and calories. By using our Thai Coconut Curry Smart Soup, we can still mimic the typical curry noodles but it would be lower in calories and fats due to the use of coconut water. Coconut water has numerous health benefits that range from boosting hydration, reducing blood pressure to preventing indigestion.

Stir fry your shrimp with a bit of minced garlic, cook up some vermicelli noodles and there you have it! A tangy Thai Coconut Vermicelli Noodle Soup with Shrimp that will be perfect for the dining table. Enjoy!

Let us know if you’ve tried this recipe by tagging us in #7daysofSmartSoup! Need some more Smart Soup? Find a store near you!

7 Days of Smart Soup – French Lentil Quinoa Soup

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The holidays are near! Over the course of the next 7 weekdays, we’re going to introduce a couple ways where you can change up our healthy Smart Soups to something that can satisfy your festive cravings. It’s time to amp up the protein and get a little creative!

Starting with one of our East Coast favourites, the French Lentil Smart Soup is packed with vegetables and includes all the protein and fiber you need in one meal. Although the French Lentil Smart Soup is a great starter soup, sometimes we want a little more substance, especially around the holidays.

To bulk things up a bit, try adding a cup of quinoa. By adding quinoa into the soup, your protein level goes way up, making this healthy soup more filling. Add a dash of spices (thyme, cumin, red pepper flakes, etc.) to flavour the soup according to your preferences and voilà! You’ve got yourself a nice hearty meal for the cold winter days. Enjoy!

Let us know if you’ve tried this recipe by tagging us in #7daysofSmartSoup! Need some more Smart Soup? Find a store near you!

#FeatureFriday: What’s So Good About Corn?

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Corn is a rich source of fiber, vitamins A, B, E, iron and other essential nutritive minerals. Asides from its ability to provide all the necessary calories for a healthy diet and daily metabolism, corn also provides many health benefits.  Studies have shown that by being rich in phytochemicals, corn has the ability to help control diabetes and  lower hypertension. Since phytochemicals assist in regulating the intake and release of insulin within the body, corn kernels can be consumed to help maintain a healthy lifestyle for diabetic patients.

Read more about the health benefits of corn on Organicfacts.net

Smart Soup support Friends of We Care!

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The Smart Soup or should we say, “Soup Or Smart” team participated in this year’s Friends of We Care Annual Bowling Fundraiser to raise money to help send kids with physical and cognitive disabilities to camp.

Raising a total of $15,180, the event was a huge success! For more information about future events, their organization and what they’re all about, visit http://friendsofwecare.org

Message from Anne: From Our Family To Yours

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Happy Monday! Here’s a personal message and health tip from Smart Soup’s President Anne Chong Hill:

Hi Smart Soups Lovers!
Admittedly with all of my recent travels, I have been indulging in a handful of international foods causing me to side track from my regular diet and routine. After seeing the additional unwanted pounds on my scale, I decided that I needed to get back on track with the Smart Soups while still incorporating various flavours from my travels. The good thing about our line of Smart Soups is that we have a total of 7 international gourmet flavours that make cooking a little more interesting!

For dinner, I personalized the Thai Coconut Curry Smart Soup by adding 3 chunks of fish, several hand-picked cherry tomatoes from my own garden, Thai basil and half of avocado. The final result? A NEW exotic recipe that coats the avocado pieces with a zesty lime flavour while the Thai basil adds to the richness of the overall dish. I ate every last drop and didn’t have to feel guilty about all the calories! Enjoy a different flavour everyday and show us some of your creative ideas!

– Anne Chong Hill, President of Smart Soup

Happy World Heart Day from Smart Soup!

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Happy World Heart Day! Today, with the World Heart Federation and the American Heart Association, we’re celebrating healthy heart choices for everyone, everywhere. Heart disease and stroke can be prevented by making simple changes in your lifestyle! Spread the word and tell us: What are your heart health goals?