When it comes to lunch I like food that can power me through the rest of the day rather than food that will make me doze off at my desk. Ideally, I feel better with something warm in my belly. Soup is a great option. It is healthy, easy to digest and nutritious and can also be adapted to make use of seasonal produce.
So when Baxters contacted me to take part in their Souper Swap Challenge, I jumped at the chance to try their vegetarian range.
I never skip lunch and tend to have it at the same time every day. I think this is very French. We tend to have a proper meal that will stretch to 2 courses. When I was working in New York, I embraced the American way. I used to run to the local deli to grab a bagel or a “big” salad. Without fail I was starving by mid-afternoon, grabbing a sweet treat to quell my hunger.
Nowadays, I find that having a balanced lunch that fills me up is a much better option to avoid unhealthy snacking and keep my energy levels up.
I was asked to swap my regular lunch for some of Baxter’s soups and received the following selection:
- Vegetarian Country Garden – this was bursting with flavours but a bit thin to my liking ★★★✰✰
- Vegetarian Green Lentil & Tomato – a tasty mix of lentils in a tomato and vegetable base ★★★★★
- Vegetarian Minestrone with Wholewheat Pasta – I make soup very often but rarely think of adding pasta to it so this made a very nice change. I love the fact it is wholewheat pasta as it is healthier than white pasta. ★★★★✰
- Vegetarian Spicy Parsnip – velvety and creamy, this is my kind of soup. ★★★★✰
- Vegetarian Garden Pea & Mint – this classic combo is always a winner. Great minty taste ★★★★★
One of the biggest challenges of working from home is being drawn frequently to the fridge, so I was glad to have my meals planned out and ready in minutes. A can of soup is also a very practical lunch option to take to the office and slip into the microwave. Planning ahead, you can avoid last-minute unhealthy impulse buys.
Vegetables, lentils and whole grains contain plenty of fibre so swapping your sandwich or salad for a soup will not only help your digestion but also will keep you fuller for longer. All the vegetarian soups in the Baxters range are low fat and contain 250 calories or less per serving.
While Baxters’ vegetarian range is a good mixture of chunky and velvety soups, it is quite traditional. I hope that Baxters can add some more exciting and adventurous recipes to spice up their selection. Still, I did not get bored and thoroughly enjoyed my challenge.
The Souper Swap Challenge is currently available on Baxters’ website at a great price of £10 for 10 cans of soups (what a bargain!). You can choose between the Souper Swap Challenge Vegetarian Box, the Souper Swap Challenge Hearty Box or the Souper Swap Challenge Ultimate Box.
I went on to take the Baxters’ Soup Quiz below. The results are back and apparently, I am a conformist! Probably too many lunches taken at my desk while catching up with social media (note to self: need to take proper lunch breaks). Make sure you take the quiz and let me know what your lunch says about you 🙂
This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.