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Souping is the new juicing

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Souping is a hot new trend for consumers to help them be healthy. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Souping is a hot new trend for consumers to help them be healthy. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Fans are sipping flavors like ‘beans and greens’, ‘parsnip apple’ or ‘organic carrot coconut lime’. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Fans are sipping flavors like ‘beans and greens’, ‘parsnip apple’ or ‘organic carrot coconut lime’. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The right soups can add important vitamins and proteins to your diet. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The right soups can add important vitamins and proteins to your diet. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Kimberly Wright has good reason to take care of herself. She’s a two-time cancer survivor, a two-time stroke survivor and is currently dealing with thyroid challenges.

She considers soup her go-to meal every day of the week.

“It’s quick. It’s efficient and you control what goes into it,” says Wright.

Wright is not alone.

In fact, “souping” is hot. You’ll find recipes online; there are books, and companies are offering premade soup concoctions you can take with you.

Fans are sipping flavors like ‘beans and greens’, ‘parsnip apple’ or ‘organic carrot coconut lime’.

“There are a lot of companies marketing souping as kind of like a cleanse or a detox, so taking one or more days per week and having just soup during the day,” Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, CDN, CNSC, CSCS says.

Rumsey says our bodies typically do just fine self-detoxing, but she does think the soups can help give our bodies a boost.

She says soups do tend to have more fiber than the previously popular juicing trend.  

And, she believes the right soups can add important vitamins and proteins to your diet.

“The companies that are putting out these souping products, they’re using mostly plant-based foods, so a lot of vegetables, a lot of beans, legumes, nuts. They’re also using a lot of spices, instead of sodium,” Rumsey said.

And that’s a good thing, she says, because too much sodium can easily sneak into soups.

Rumsey says it’s still possible to go overboard, or under, in a way.

“These souping days are really too low calorie. Most of them clock in at less than 1200 calories a day. And for most people, especially people who are active, that’s just not enough,” Rumsey says, adding that it’s simply not sustainable.

Wright agrees and typically sticks with one soup per day. 

She is sold on souping and makes her own so that she can always try new combinations.

“With that variety, it never gets old to me,” Wright said.

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