This mini version of a “bean” is a powerhouse within the legume family and usually comes in red, brown and green varieties. Lentils are high in fiber , protein and contains many other nutrients that support heart health. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, increased fiber intake can reduce the “bad” LDL cholesterol levels beyond what can be achieved in a diet that revolves around being low in saturated and trans fat alone. Selenium is also one of the minerals that can be found in lentils and Selenium helps prevent inflammation, decreasing tumor growth rates and helps improve immune responses to inflection! Lentils can also be incorporated into diets to boost your digestive system and can help fight fatigue. Talk about being an all-star of the family!
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.
We will be exhibiting at Booth #3579 in Hall D, so come by, meet the team, and sample some of our all-natural, Heart-Check® certified soups!
Smart Soup will also be featured in the Engredea section of the NPEW on Friday March 6th at 1PM and Sunday March 8th at 12PM. For more information on the Natural Products Expo West, please visit www.expowest.com.
Smart Soup? You might as well just call this soup brilliant. At the beginning of the year, the wonderful people at Smart Soup reached out to me to see if I would be interested in trying their line of flash-frozen soups in conjunction with their (also brilliant) campaign to donate “Meal for Meal” to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Until February 28, 2015, Smart Soup will donate the cost of a meal to the GCFD. Great soup for a great cause – of course I was excited to try it.
And just like that, a box of soup arrived to my office!
Yay soup! Soup is great, but what I noticed right off the bat is how amazingly low in calories these soups are. For the consistently “on a lifestyle change” blogger, low-cal lunch options are my favorite. All of the varieties of Smart Soup are 160 calories or less, and are 3 grams of fat or under. The line of soups was created by Anne Chong Hill, who was inspired by her childhood in Brunei where she grew up eating flavorful ethnic dishes. As an adult, Chong Hill was diagnosed with hypertension and sought to change her lifestyle by creating healthy meals she and her family would enjoy. Each flavor of Smart Soup is inspired by Anne’s childhood and travels, and all of their products are vegan, gluten-free, all-natural with no preservatives and are American Heart Association Certified. Definitely smart.
The soup has sharp, layered flavors with vegetables – potatoes, carrot, edamame, ginger and coconut. The flavors are fantastic, and unique – I wish I could cook like this at home for so few calories and fat. I paired this with a side salad, but the portion is generous enough to eat as a lunch alone. The pureed soup is thick and satisfying. Definitely zippy, zingy, and I didn’t need to use my trusty salt shaker.
Really bright flavors in this red curry soup made with coconut water. The bamboo shoots and water chestnuts give it great texture and crunch, and the bits of mini corn on the cob will remind you of the movie Big (or at least they always do for me).
I highly recommend this soup for anyone watching their weight. In fact, because these soups are all vegan, they fit in seamlessly with the Weight Watchers Simple Start plan! So eat up, Simple Starters, and calorie-counters alike!
About the Author:
Katie, the founder, sole blogger and chief WordPress experimentalist of Dining at My Desk. Spawned after a lengthy Facebook review of yet another Lean Cuisine eaten at my desk, Katie decided that she needed more characters in which to spew both her love and hatred of the prototypical American worker’s lunch staple. Thus was born Dining at My Desk.
** Editors note: We tried all flavors of Anne’s Smart Soup line, and we were pleasantly surprised by the burst of flavor without the sodium. We even went on a “soup cleanse” using Smart Soup for 2 days and felt great!
Growing up on a hobby farm in Brunei, food was an important part of my childhood. I was often exposed to exotic flavors influenced by Brunei’s diverse culture: from European to Indian, Indonesian to Chinese. My mother used fresh, whole–food ingredients from our farm to create delicious meals for my family. It was only fitting that food continued to be a part of my life, not just personally but also professionally. In order to supplement our family income when I was a young mother, I sold specialty dishes and pastries to local stores, eventually opening a business selling prepared food to restaurants, schools, and stores.
A few years ago, I was diagnosed with hypertension that doctors said was likely brought on by diet and lifestyle. I realized I needed to make a change in my life and to do that, I took control of what I knew best: food.
Having been accustomed to rich, delicious meals that I shared with my family, I refused to compromise on flavor but also wanted to be sure I understood what it meant to make smart, healthy choices. I armed myself with the knowledge to be able to eat and cook simply but deliciously. I created a line of soups inspired by my homeland and travels, with flavors like Thai Coconut Curry and Moroccan Chickpea. Realizing the lack of healthy, low-sodium prepared foods on the market, I eventually decided to break into retail and share the soups with the public.
Here are the top three takeaways I’ve learned in my journey to a healthier life that I’ve applied in creating Smart Soup:
1. Too much of anything is never a good thing. I love food–cooking it, eating it, enjoying it with my family–but I learned that I needed to understand my dietary restrictions and enjoy food within them. For me, this meant being cautious of my portions and controlling my sodium intake.
2. Stick to ingredients you can pronounce. Good food isn’t created in a lab. It’s created in a kitchen with whole ingredients with names you can pronounce. Flavor should come from dynamic combinations of spices, not artificial ingredients or preservatives.
3. Don’t compromise on flavor to be healthy. Part of making smart eating choices is to genuinely enjoy what you’re eating. If you can do that, then you can make a lasting change and will be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.
About the Author:
Anne Chong Hill is the creator of Smart Soup, a line of flavorful vegan, gluten-free, low-calorie soups with globally inspired real food ingredients.
Smart Soup has finally arrived in Chicago and to celebrate, we’ve partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository. For every box of Smart Soup sold in the Chicago area, we’ll donate the cost of a meal to the GCFD. I hope you’ll join my journey to eat smart and give back!
Special thanks to Sarah Baker and her team for trying out our soups and featuring us on your wonderful website!