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Earth Day and the Importance of Green Business

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On this Earth day, we are taking a pause to reflect on what it means to help people and help our planet, especially in this uncertain time.

At Souperb, we believe it is our duty to be a responsible company to our community and to contribute to a healthy planet and population. One way we do this is by providing healthy, plant-based food without added sugar, high fat, and high sodium content. We want to nourish our community with healthy plants, focusing on vegetables. We also ensure that our packaging is recyclable. Another way to operate in an environmentally responsible manner is by using a green certified kitchen in an effort to help protect our environment.

You may be wondering, what is a green certified kitchen? Green food companies aim to conserve energy and water, minimize waste, prevent pollution, and shrink their carbon footprints. Souperb’s Bay Area kitchen is honored to be a Certified Green Business.

Let’s dive into what it means to be Certified Green, specifically in California. The main focus is on Kitchen Equipment, Lighting, Water Conservation, and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. Some examples include upgrading outdated and inefficient electrical/refrigeration equipment, replacing old water-consuming products and aerators with low-flow options, updating HVAC systems, utilizing compost and recycling programs, and using low-toxic products. These changes are not only environmentally beneficial, but also improve employee and customer health. Check out some interesting statistics about California’s environmental impact:

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Practicing Self Care in Uncertain Times

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In this uncertain time of anxiety and isolation, many of us are experiencing a major adjustment in our lives and adapting to new norms. It is important to try and stay connected, grounded, and well—both in physical and mental health. Here’s some things to help you put your best foot forward in the current situation.

Check In with your Mental Health

Mindfulness and Meditation – Many of us are feeling extra stress during this time, and meditation can help to manage anxieties. Even just a few minutes of connecting to your breath can provide a moment of calm. There are many resources available for meditation, with apps such as Headspace, which is currently providing free meditations. It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling. Insight Timer also has free meditations ranging from 2 minutes and up. Is meditation not your thing? Read on.

Practice Self-Compassion – Perhaps one of the most beneficial things to do for your mental health at this time is to give yourself a break. We all may be feeling a range of emotions right now; anxious, angry, depressed, sad, unsettled. It is important to remind yourself that all these feelings are valid. Forgive yourself for how you are feeling. Focus on just doing the best you can each day and it’s okay to take time to relax.

Socialize Virtually or Practice Gratitude Texting

Keep Connected with Family and Friends – While we may not be able to see our friends and family physically, it is beneficial to keep connected with our loved ones virtually. Connecting with others can lessen anxiety and help keep you centered, especially if you’re able to talk through and process your feelings. This includes reconnecting with old friends; is there someone you haven’t talked to in a while that you’d like to check in on? Now may be the perfect time. It’s also okay to take a break from virtual Zoom meet ups, if it is feeling like too much screen time.

Create Virtual “Events” – Get creative with your virtual hangouts! Create a virtual happy hour with friends where you can share and connect while enjoying some cocktails (or mocktails!) A virtual game night with friends is a good option to bring in some fun, with party games like Jackbox making it easier than ever to play games with family and friends remotely. Fortunately, we live in a time where it is easier than ever to connect virtually in many more ways than one.

Gratitude Texting – If you feel like you spend all day on Zoom and need a break from screen time jot down three things you are grateful for and send to a friend. I’m doing this daily with a group of friends and it’s been helpful.

Take Care of your Body

Movement and/or Exercise – Bringing movement into your day is great for physical but also mental health. Just getting outside for some fresh air and a leisurely walk is a great option. Beyond that, there is a plethora of digital workout resources like the ever-popular Yoga with Adriene, and many videos are available that cater to those in small spaces, apartment living (being conscious of downstairs neighbors, so no jumping or running), no equipment needed, etc.

Importance of Immunity Building Foods – Souperb has always had a focus on eating well with nourishing, fulfilling foods, and that is more important now than ever. Pandemic to stress eating is happening. While this is understandable (forgive yourself!), it is good to be focusing on immune health. Start with veggies, aiming to get foods with Vitamin C. This includes broccoli, kale, strawberries, brussel sprouts and leafy greens. Foods with an orange hue also help, such as carrots, sweet potato, oranges and tomatoes. Those foods have vitamin A and carotenoids that are really great for your immune system. Want to learn more about carotenoids? Check out our recent blog post, A Love Letter to Tomatoes.

  • If perishables are out at the grocery store, you can freeze produce you can get your hands on for later use. Want to stock up on Souperb? It freezes well and you can easily defrost it for a nutritionally fulfilling meal. Check out where you can find Souperb in stores here!

One Pot, Gluten-Free Curry Cauliflower Noodles

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This One Pot, Gluten-Free Curry Cauliflower Noodles recipe is a quick, easy and nourishing dish from Chef Joanna. The secret behind the ease of this dish is the use of Souperb’s Curry Cauliflower Soup as the flavorful sauce. Adding fresh veggies, noodles and your preferred protein makes this recipe a wholesome, fulfilling choice. 

This recipe is flexible, so you can substitute any veggies you may have around. Red pepper and Eggplant are great examples of some veggies that would go well with this recipe. The noodles and protein for this dish can also be substituted to your liking. While we used fresh white fish from Berkeley Bowl, a vegan sausage or seitan would also pair nicely. The possibilities are endless!

It’s National Sauce Month as well as National Nutrition Month, and we wanted to share a nutritious recipe that shows the ease of using soup as a sauce. It is a simple way to provide a blast of flavor and nutrients to your dish without having to put time into crafting a sauce. 

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Scallions, chopped
  • 1 24 oz container of Souperb Curry Cauliflower Soup
  • 1 lb of White Fish, or 1 lb Vegan Sausage, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 Handfuls Fresh Spinach 
  • 1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil 
  • 1 lb uncooked Vermicelli Noodles (or preferred noodles of choice)

Step 1: Heat Olive Oil in a large pot. Add Mushrooms and Scallions, sauté 5 min. Reserve some uncooked Scallions for garnish. 

Step 2: Pour Curry Cauliflower Soup over the veggies and simmer for 5-10 min. until warm. Stir regularly.

Step 3: Add White Fish and cover. Poach until flaky, about 5 min. If using Vegan Sausage* or other protein, cooking time may vary. *Depending on brand, can be sautéed in Step 1 with Mushrooms.

Step 4: Add Noodles and Spinach to the pot. Stir to submerge Noodles. Season with Salt as desired. Cook covered for 2-3 min. 

Step 5: Serve immediately and garnish with Scallions, if desired. 

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If you enjoyed this recipe, check out our other flavors of Souperb and get some ideas on how you might use soup as a sauce in a recipe of your own! 

 

Celebrating Chef Joanna on International Women’s Day

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March 8th is International Women’s Day and what better way to celebrate than to dive into the history of Souperb’s female founder, Joanna Terry.

Joanna comes from a family committed to feeding the hearts of friends and family with delicious, fresh food. Her grandmother, Myrtle, owned a restaurant in a small farming town where farm-to-table was a daily custom. Farmers would drop their fresh vegetables at the door of the restaurant and Myrtle would create mouth-watering dishes for the town. Joanna’s mom, Mary, learned to cook by Myrtle’s standards and taught her daughters the same fundamental approach toward cooking. Following her heart, Joanna then pursued a professional career in culinary arts and attended culinary school in San Francisco.

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Chef Joanna started Souperb to bring nourishing vegetables in an easy to eat, satisfy and comforting format – soups. After a humble beginning at Farmers Markets in the San Francisco Bay Area, Souperb has since expanded and can be found in more than 100 stores, including Whole Foods and Sprouts locations. Chef Joanna is passionate about continuing in her grandmother’s tradition with Souperb.

A Valentine’s Day Love Letter to Tomatoes

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Cherry, Grape, Beefsteak, Roma, Heirloom. No matter which type of tomato you hold dear to your heart, all tomatoes have a wealth of nutritional benefits. Consuming tomatoes provides a combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, including hearty amounts of vitamins C, E and  A. So why is this a love letter? Because one of tomato’s main benefits is its positive effect on the heart. 

Something to really love about tomatoes is the fact that it contains the powerful antioxidant Lycopene. Higher blood levels of lycopene have been associated with reductions in cardiovascular disease risk. For example, intake of Lycopene has been shown to result in decreased total cholesterol – mainly decreased LDL cholesterol, which can contribute to the formation of plaque buildup in the arteries. In addition to Lycopene, tomatoes are chock full of heart-healthy potassium; the flow of potassium in and out of heart cells helps regulate your heartbeat.

Not only does Lycopene provide a plethora of health benefits, but it is the pigment principally responsible for giving tomatoes their luscious red color! Want to increase your intake of lovely, heart-healthy tomatoes? Try Souperb’s Tomato with Fennel Seeds; a tasty spin on a comforting classic that is full of fresh tomatoes. 

 

An Easy Way to Get More Nutrients in 2020

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Are you in a New Year’s Resolution swing, trying to commit to changing any habits? There’s a chance that improving your diet is on your list of resolutions. Of Americans who set resolution goals, 51% wanted to adopt healthier eating habits. Typically, eating healthier means incorporating more vegetables in your diet. But consistently consuming your daily recommended amount of vegetables can be a daunting task. Did you know that only 1 out of 10 adults eat their daily intake of veggies? Here’s a secret – one of the easiest ways to consume veggies is to eat soup! And January is National Soup Month, so there’s no better time to get slurping.

All vegetables contain vital nutrients like folate, calcium and vitamins A and D. Getting your veggies in doesn’t mean just eating plain old salads. An easy and comforting meal like grilled cheese with Souperb’s Tomato soup can provide a hearty amount of fiber, potassium and iron. Looking to get more vitamin C from vegetables? You can find 100% of your daily value in just one serving of Souperb’s Broccoli with Almond soup. Delicious, and easy! 

New Plant-Based Soups with Interesting Flavor Combinations

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Its an exciting time at Souperb! We’ve added three new delicious flavors to our soup lineup. These plant-based creations are so good that vegans, meat-eaters and everyone in between will love them. These exciting flavor combinations are perfect for any time of year! 

The response to our original, premium line of soups has been amazing, so we wanted to introduce additional flavors while also maintaining our high standards. Each of the new flavors have what you’ve come to trust from Souperb, like homemade, gluten-free and non-GMO, without any added sugar. Check out our new flavors below! 

Tomato with Fennel Seed

We took a spin on the classic tomato soup and brightened it with a hint of fennel seed. Aside from their distinctive flavor, fennel seeds provide important nutrients and powerful antioxidants. To get a touch of sweetness without any added sugar, we’ve added healthy, nutritious CARROTS. We guarantee that you won’t miss the cream in this plant-based, dairy-free soup. Each spoonful will provide you with a comforting and satisfying feeling that will warm your heart.

Black Bean with Cactus Soup 

Surprise! Cactus is featured in our new Southwest inspired, protein packed, black bean soup. With a pleasant flavor similar to a tart green bean or green pepper, cactus is the delicious and unique star of this soup. In addition to its wonderful flavor, cactus is high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It’s also touted for its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. We love to enjoy this flavor in multiple ways including hot as a soup, cold as a dip, or as a side dish on Taco Tuesday. 

Red Pepper Corn Soup 

This flavor is off the charts! You can truly savor the taste of summer with our new Red Pepper & Corn Soup. We use non GMO sweet corn, which lends itself incredibly well to soups and purees into a delightful, creamy consistency. Red peppers provide a bold flavor, while also giving you a blast of Vitamin C and antioxidants. The sweet corn and red peppers are seasoned with herbs and spices to create a flavor combination you will surely love. This perfect blend of flavors will have you longing for summer all year round. 

Get your spoons ready! Souperb has been growing and these new flavors can now be found at more locations than ever, most recently including all Pavilions locations in Southern California! Looking for more locations to find us? Check out our locations here.

Start of Fall

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It’s the start of fall and I’m thrilled to be moving indoors. One of my favorite things is to cook for friends and family. With the cooler nights, I love to gather friends in the kitchen or around the warmth of the dinner table.
I recently read an article that asked for the last time you felt pure joy and I completed that sentence with…cooking for others. Of course, I love to make soup and my heart smiles when I smell a stock simmer on the stove. Does cooking bring you joy?

We’d love to hear how cooking makes you happy on our facebook page. See f link at the bottom of this page.

 

Souperb’s Ingredient List

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Here is our list of ingredients for our four soups available in grocery stores.  We are proud of our quality, “real” food, ingredient list. ENJOY!

Broccoli Almond Soup Ingredients – VEGETABLE STOCK (WATER, ONION, CARROT, PEPPERCORN, BAY LEAF), BROCCOLI, ONION, ALMOND, OLIVE OIL, KOSHER SALT

Butternut Squash Ingredients – VEGETABLE STOCK (WATER, ONION, CARROT, PEPPERCORN, BAY LEAF), BUTTERNUT SQUASH, ONION, BUTTER (MILK), KOSHER SALT, OLIVE OIL, CUMIN

Carrot Pistachio Soup Ingredients – VEGETABLE STOCK (WATER, ONION, CARROT, PEPPERCORN, BAY LEAF), CARROT, ONION, PISTACHIO, OLIVE OIL, KOSHER SALT, TARRAGON

Curry Cauliflower Soup Ingredients – VEGETABLE STOCK (WATER, ONION, CARROT, PEPPERCORN, BAY LEAF), CAULIFLOWER, ONION, OLIVE OIL, JALAPENO, GINGER, GARLIC, SPICES, KOSHER SALT

MADE IN A FACILITY THAT PROCESSES TREE NUTS, MILK, SOY AND WHEAT.