There are myriads of reasons to go vegetarian. It could be that you're trying to cut back on meat products, or you're just keen on living healthier or losing weight. The problem with going on this route, however, is that you may tend to miss out on crucial nutrients your body needs. In his article, Judd Handler of Mother Nature Network states that going vegetarian could lead to lower levels of cholesterol, omega-3 fatty acids and B12 levels in the body, and increases one's risk to colorectal cancer.
There's no reason to panic though because you can always get the nutrients you need through substitution, taking supplements, and making sure you get your five-a-day. This collection of vegetarian soup recommendations from The Original Soupman are all plant-based-except the occasional milk-and have been diversified to include a wide mix of flavorful and healthy veggies to accompany your meal plan without you overdoing it.
The Original Soupman Vegetarian Chili
Why It's Great:
Soupman's Vegetarian Chili is just like beef chili, sans the beef. It has red kidney beans, which is deemed by Health.com as one of the best super foods for weight loss. Health.com reports that red beans is rich in proteins and fibers, which give energy and aid digestion, as well as resistant starch, a type of starch that is not converted into blood sugar during digestion and trims your fat or blood cholesterol levels. Other ingredients such as bell peppers, tomatoes, garlic, potatoes, spinach, carrots and chipotle chili peppers in the soup contain a healthy dose of antioxidants, B vitamins, Vitamins C, A and E, and potassium, which make your heart healthy and boost your immune system.
The Original Soupman Tomato Basil
Why It's Great:
This soup boasts of a pretty thick cream base, aromatic basil leaves and chunks of diced tomatoes, celery, bell peppers, spinach and carrots. It's key ingredient, basil, is a well-loved Italian herb used for seasoning all sorts of cooked dishes and pastries. Basil has mood-boosting and anti-aging properties, boosts the immune system, protects the liver, brain and heart from damage brought on by free radicals, and can be used to reduce swelling and inflammation. Did we mention that it tastes awesome too?
The Original Soupman Butternut Squash
Why It's Great:
Here's something to keep your peepers perfect! Tantalize your taste buds with this yummy soup cooked with cream, honey, spices and citrus while keeping your eyes healthy. As some of you may know, butternut squash is rich in beta-carotene, which the body coverts to Vitamin A. According to Demand Media's Healthy Eating website, Vitamin A guards your eyes a condition called xerophthalmia (eye dryness) and night blindness. The website also adds that squash is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants like lutein and zeaxantin, which both protect your eyes from cataracts, corneal damage and blurry vision. Butternut squash is harvested during autumn, making it a popular ingredient in winter and autumn soups-good thing The Original Soupman seems to have an unlimited supply of this veggie, allowing us to enjoy its goodness in soup form all year long!
The Original Soupman Garden Vegetable
Why It's Great:
This soup flavor is probably the holy grail for health-conscious soup lovers. From keeping you trim to satisfying your veggie cravings, you can never go wrong with Original Soupman's Garden Vegetable. Simmered in vegetable broth, the soup consists of carrots and parsnips, celery and spinach, as well as tomatoes for a light, tangy kick. Parsnip, a taproot from the carrot and parsley family, is rich in folate and Vitamin K, which both thin the blood vessels and lower your risks for coronary diseases; potassium, which supports your nervous system and gives you energy; antioxidants vitamin C and E which both help in tissue repair; and manganese, which improves sex hormone production.
The Original Soupman Broccoli and Cheese
Why it's Great:
The star of this soup is broccoli, which delivers a high dose of fibers, vitamin C, B-complex (supports nerve functions), Vitamin K (prevents blood clots), Vitamin A (for tissue repair and anti-aging). According to Medical News Today, eating broccoli prevents osteoarthritis, skin cancer, heart diseases, and could lower your risks of developing bladder cancer by as much as 40 percent. Broccoli is also a potent source of zinc, which boosts the immune system, regulates one's mood, and speed up wound healing and tissue repair. The Poliquin Group also reports that zinc in broccoli is key to maintaining males and females' reproductive system healthy and fertile. Meanwhile the tomatoes, carrots and red peppers in the soup, which all provide color contrast to its greenish hue, add some color and glow to your skin. Something to delight your palate too is the Colby cheese in this thick soup-also filled with bone-strengthening nutrients like calcium, Vitamin D and Vitamin B.
Runner-ups include Lentil and Mushroom Barley soups that are both richly textured, and are as equally nutrient-rich as the above soups. Both are high in fibers and low in calories which could be helpful to those who want to speed up their diet goals.
The Original Soupman educates its target market about the possible allergens contained in its soup through a chart posted on its website. The chart lists all of Soupman's variants, and indicates whether each contain allergens such as milk, wheat, soy, eggs, fish, crustacean, mollusks, peanut and treenut. The company also offers gluten-free soup options for consumers with gluten allergies.
The Original Soupman's parent company is Soupman, Inc. (OTCQX: SOUP), which is headquartered in New York. Its soup flavors are also available at supermarket soup aisles in leading supermarkets across the country such as Walmart, A&P, Associated Food Stores, Fairway, Food Emporium, H-E-B Supermarkets, Randalls, Safeway, Super Fresh, The Fresh Market, Tom Thumb, Vons, Waldbaum's, and Woodman's. Thanks to its partnership with Tetra Pak, the company was able to penetrate the soup aisles of such leading department stores.
Those who can't be bothered of course to hit the soup aisles at these supermarkets can order Soupman's soup varieties online on Amazon.com. The company also has a number of roving Soup Mobile trucks in select states, selling piping hot soup right up your street for your convenience.