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Some products are just worth mentioning

October 12, 2011 - Kathie Evanoff
I don’t make it a habit to mention particular products but in some cases, it can’t be avoided. So I’m going to break policy and mention that Dr. McDougall’s organic ready-to-serve soups are worth a second glance.

I had the opportunity to try a few of these soups recently and was pretty pleased with their ease of use and their taste.

My plan is usually to make my weeklong lunches on Sunday afternoon, but that doesn’t always materialize. Because I work during the week, weekends are usually pretty busy, catching up on housework, laundry and I can’t leave out my own hobbies and interests as well. So by the time Sunday night rolls around, I often find myself wondering what I’m going to do about my weekday lunches.

Better than throwing together a PB&J on whole wheat bread or buying a salad from a local fast food joint, I find I can easily open a box – yes, that’s right, I said box – of ready-to-eat soup. The soup is packaged in containers resembling small milk cartons. It is advised not to heat the soup in the container.

Dr. John A. McDougall made a name for himself more than 20 years ago when he promoted his vegetarian diet program. Himself a survivor of a massive stroke at the age of 18, Dr. McDougall believed his own health problems could be solved by eliminating animal protein and fat from his diet. He researched the diets of primarily vegetarian eastern cultures and compared the results with their offspring who had adopted an American lifestyle. He opened clinics in California and wrote a few books on the subject and most recently has developed a line of products that include vegetarian and vegan food.

This week, I brought a few of the soups to work for my lunch, including the chili bean and black bean varieties. I am not vegetarian, nor is my husband, so with no disrespect to Dr. McDougall and his teachings, I combined the organic chunky tomato soup with Worchestershire sauce, onions, peppers and seasonings and poured them over lean, but normally tough round steak in a crock pot for a Swiss steak dinner.

You can find McDougall’s products in the healthy food section of larger grocery stores or in health food stores. The cost of one box of soup, which contains two servings -- although I ate the entire box for my lunch and still didn’t go over my daily calorie count -- is still less than I would pay if I bought my lunch at a fast food restaurant.

It’s not a bad way to stay healthy.

 
 

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