Sun’s Out Soup’s Out!

The snow has finally melted, the sun is out, and it is officially marathon season! I think I have seen at least 3 different marathon postings on FB- Boston, Madrid- marathons are happening everywhere and what better way to refuel than with some hearty soup? Yes, yes we often think of pasta, gummies, goos, and sports drinks to help us tackle such a feat. But soup can be a great option too pre and post workout! I’m not saying chug soup during a run (that would be quite difficult!), but consider it as a meal around the time you exercise. One of the biggest challenges some runners face when training for a marathon is teaching their stomach to accept certain foods before, during, and after exercise.  Carbohydrate, fluid, and electrolyte balance is vital to a successful run and optimal recovery. Ideally a runner should focus on consuming foods that are high in easily digestible carbohydrate and low in fat and protein before and during runs. And post-workout, the focus should be on refueling with adequate protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates. Eating a high-carbohydrate snack with a modest amount of protein in the immediate post-exercise period has been shown to replace glycogen stores used during the exercise bout.

Some marathons soup examples perfect for post-workout nutrition include:
· Lima Bean and Barley Soup – protein, healthy fats, fiber and plenty of carbohydrates for sustained energy

Calories 371
Protein 19g
Carbohydrate 65g
Fat 7g; Saturated Fat 1g;
Sodium 390mg

· Greek Orzo, Lemon, and Chicken Soup – protein, carbs, citrus for an energy lift and satisfying meal. A little high on the sodium side so I would sub in low sodium chicken stock. 

Calories 298
Protein 26g
Carbohydrate 32g
Fat 7g; Saturated Fat 2g;
Sodium 729mg

· Mediterranean Chickpea, Lentil and Rice Soup – protein & fiber from rice, lentils, chickpeas 

Calories 284
Protein 16g
Carbohydrate 35g
Fat 12g; Saturated Fat 2g;
Sodium 613mg

Not running a marathon? No worries! New England Soup Factory still has you covered with nutritious seasonal selections of soups, including gluten-free soups,  lobster soups, and chilled seafood gazpacho that will leave you refreshed and not weighed down before the summer. We all KNOW how easy it is to dive into burgers, beer, and BBQ when it starts to get warm, but we also know there’s another way to hit that sweet spot and satisfy a craving in a healthy way.

The daily menu at New England Soup Factory is filled with a seasonal selection of their award winning soups, sumptuous sandwiches, artistic salads, prepared foods and their own house-baked cookies and treats. They also offer a freezer case packed with some of their delicious homemade favorites including: Bolognese and Marinara sauces, Matzo Ball Soup, Skinny Vegetable Soup,  and several flavors of frozen pints of soup.

Located in both Newton and Brookline you can find their soups at

Brookline New England Soup Factory
2-4 Brookline Place, Brookline MA 02445
Soupline 617.739.1899 Phone 617.739.1695

Newton New England Soup Factory
244 Needham Street, Newton MA 02464
Soupline 617.558.9988 Phone 617.558.9966

Let me know what you think!!

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