As well as tasting great, being low in calories and high in fibre, fruit and vegetables are packed full of essential vitamins and minerals as well as containing a variety of phytochemicals that are extremely important for health. They also contain powerful natural antioxidants which protect the body from harmful disease causing free-radicals.
We should all be aiming to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day as this reduces the likelihood of developing certain types of cancers, and every portion eaten reduces the risk of stroke. Eating a ‘rainbow’ of fruit and vegetables is fantastic advice, as different coloured fruits and vegetables contain their own specific combinations of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. By eating a variety of colours you can ensure your body gets everything it requires for optimum health.
Trying these five GLORIOUS! vegetarian ‘rainbow; soups throughout National Vegetarian Week is a delicious way of helping you get your five-a-day – and each soup in the range will provide different health benefits:
Red: Goan Tomato and Lentil GLORIOUS! Skinnylicious Soup
This thick tomato and lentil soup is designed to satisfy your hunger, but with only 1.3% fat per 100g your waistline will be happy too. Tomatoes are rich in an antioxidant called lycopene which is one of the most powerful antioxidant chemicals that can be found in foods. Tomatoes also contain high levels of the antioxidant vitamins; vitamin A, C and E. Evidence shows that by consuming all these vitamins in synergy they can help reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancers.
Orange: Fragrant Thai Carrot GLORIOUS! Skinnylicious Soup
With just 1.7% fat per 100g this is another Skinnylicious soup that will fill you up at lunchtime whilst keeping you slim. The delicious combination of carrot, ginger, lime and coriander will give a zingy and fresh boost to your lunch hour. The orange pigment found in the carrots in this GLORIOUS! Soup is called Beta-Carotene which is a natural compound that gets transformed into Vitamin A by our bodies. Vitamin A is especially important for eye health so there is something in the old saying ‘carrots help you see in the dark!’
Yellow: Brazilian Super Grain GLORIOUS! Super Soup
This high protein and high fibre zingy soup with mixed grains and vegetables, coconut milk and a squeeze of lime is given its distinct yellow colour thanks to the super healthy combination of butternut squash and turmeric. As yellow vegetables go you can’t get much better than squash as it is packed with carotenoids. These are converted to vitamin A in the body which helps us make essential hormones and keep our eyes healthy. Turmeric contains a natural compound called Curcumin, which has been found to be a powerful antioxidant, as well as having anti-inflammatory properties. Research is ongoing but this could be useful in helping to prevent many chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Green: Vietnamese Super Green Super Soup
The GLORIOUS! Vietnamese Super Green Super Soup is a high protein light soup containing spinach, broccoli, green lentils, petit pois, aromatic ginger, lime and lemongrass. The pigment chlorophyll gives green vegetables their colour, but many green vegetables are rich in other nutrients too. Spinach and broccoli, for example, are packed with fibre and protein which means it packs a punch in terms of giving you a post-workout boost. Iron is a really important mineral that we need to keep for keeping our red blood cells healthy and able to deliver oxygen to our bodies.
Purple: Limited Edition GLORIOUS! Russian Beetroot Soup
This rich and creamy beetroot soup with a dollop of sour cream is bang on trend in terms of its colour – but it also has huge health benefits. Beetroot is a great example as the purple pigment it contains has been linked to reducing the risk of cancer due to its antioxidant properties. Beetroots are also high in inorganic nitrates which have been found to help reduce blood pressure, which is important for reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Throughout National Vegetarian Week, GLORIOUS! Soups encouraged people to post pictures of themselves eating its ‘rainbow’ soups throughout the week using the hashtag #GloriousRainbow. Here are the winners and runners up!
WINNER! Di Coke with her super snap of our Vietnamese Super Green
RUNNER UP: @hannahlinaker embracing the rainbow with our New England Butternut Squash soup
RUNNER UP: @KazWeedon with this vibrant picture of our Indian Super Spinach & Chickpea
RUNNER UP: Ellie (@ms_scatty) with her purple-powered Russian Beetroot Soup
RUNNER UP: @mcrmotherofboys with our Goan Tomato soup and fresh bread