Back in July, I had the opportunity to review a brand new line of all-natural Asian Entrees introduced by Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods. The convenient vegan meals were absolutely delicious and perfect for the individual looking for something healthy while on the go.
If you are not familiar with Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods, the company is the nation’s leading natural meal cup brand that offers an amazing scrumptious array of more than 50 low calorie, vegan, eco-friendly products – everything from Cranberry Multigrain Oatmeal with Organic Grains, to Spicy Kung Pao Asian Entrée Noodles, to Organic Lower Sodium Vegetable Soup with Lentils and Brown Rice.
Recently, in continued effort to provide consumers with healthier, tastier, alternatives to traditional unhealthy food favorites, Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods expanded its industry-leading soup line to include chunky, ready-to-serve vegan soups that are not only filling and low calorie, but contain a source of complete, plant-based protein and are an excellent source of fiber. Packaged in BPA-free cartons, the sixteen varieties include Vegetable, Lentil, Black Bean, Split Pea, Chunky Tomato, Minestrone, Roasted Pepper Tomato, Light Sodium Lentil, Light Sodium Garden Vegetable, Indian Chana Masala, Chili Bean, and new Organic Lentil Vegetable, Organic Tortilla, Organic Lower Sodium Black Bean, Organic Lower Sodium Vegetable and Organic Chunky Tomato Soups.
This time I had the chance to try some of the new all natural, gluten free soups including…
Black Bean Soup
Dr. McDougall’s Black Bean Soup blends the flavors of black beans, roasted vegetables, brown rice, and seasonings into a delicious, hearty soup. It tastes fabulous and provides complete protein essential amino acids.
Best Ingredients: Filtered water, black beans, vegetables (onions, bell peppers, celery, carrots, garlic), organic brown rice, natural flavor (non-animal source), potato starch, yeast extract, sea salt, organic lime juice, cilantro, spices.
Dr. McDougall’s Lentil Soup blends savory lentils with brown rice and vegetables in a perfectly seasoned broth. It is a delicious, hearty soup that provides complete protein essential amino acids.
Best Ingredients: Filtered water, lentils, vegetables (onions, carrots, celery, tomatoes, garlic), organic brown rice, organic wine, natural flavor (non animal source), yeast extract, potato starch, spices, sea salt.
Light Sodium Lentil Soup
Rated Best Tasting Soup by Prevention Magazine “Prevention testers didn’t miss the salt in this delicious soup.” Dr. McDougall’s Right Food’s Light Sodium Lentil Soup is an absolutely delicious soup that happens to be amazingly good for you. With only 100 calories each filling serving provides 6g of plant based protein and 7g fiber. Gluten free too. Enjoy.
Best Ingredients: Filtered water, lentils, vegetables (onion, carrots, celery, tomatoes, garlic), natural flavor (non animal source), yeast extract, potato starch, spices, sea salt.
Organic Lentil Vegetable
Dr. McDougall’s Organic Lentil Vegetable Soup is an absolutely delicious meal that happens to be good for you. Abundant with organic lentils and vegetables in a perfectly seasoned broth, this tasty organic soup has only 140 calories per filling serving and provides 40% of dietary fiber needs and 8g plant based protein. Enjoy.
Best Ingredients: Filtered water, organic lentils, organic tomatoes, organic vegetables (onions, carrots, potatoes, kale, celery, garlic, spinach), organic starches (potato, corn), sea salt, natural flavor, organic basil, organic thyme, organic spices, organic tamari soy sauce, citric acid.
Organic Lower Sodium Chunky Tomato
Dr. McDougall’s Organic Lower Sodium Chunky Tomato is a tasty lower sodium, organic offering of our prized tomato soup. You won’t miss the salt in this wonderfully seasoned recipe. It’s perfectly simple and perfectly delicious.
Best Ingredients: Filtered Water, Organic Vegetables (Organic Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Organic Onion, Organic Garlic), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Corn Starch, Sea Salt, Organic Basil, Organic Spices, Citric Acid.
Organic Lower Sodium Vegetable
Dr. McDougall’s Organic Lower Sodium Vegetable Soup simmers together the homemade goodness of eight organic vegetables, lentils and brown rice in a delicious, organic broth. Each satisfying serving has only 100 calories and provides 4g plant based protein and 5g fiber.
Best Ingredients: Filtered water, organic vegetables (organic tomatoes, organic onions, organic carrots, organic potatoes, organic celery, organic peas, organic garlic, organic parsley, organic zucchini), organic lentils, organic brown rice, organic starches (potato, corn), natural flavor, organic spices, organic evaporated cane juice, organic herbs (basil, thyme, sage, rosemary), sea salt, organic tamari soy sauce, citric acid.
Dr. McDougall’s Organic Tortilla Style Soup is a prized recipe that blends organic masa harina, corn, black beans and vegetables in a delicious Southwestern broth. Each serving has only 100 calories, yet provides 5g of plant based protein and 4g fiber. Enjoy.
Best Ingredients: Filtered water, organic vegetables (tomatoes, corn, onions, chilies, garlic, cilantro), organic black beans, organic masa harina, natural flavors, organic starches (corn, potato), sea salt, organic spices, organic evaporated cane juice, organic sesame, organic tamari soy sauce, citric acid.
Chili Bean Soup (MY FAVORITE)
Dr. McDougall’s Chili Bean Soup is a delicious, hearty soup with red and black beans, corn and tasty seasonings. Enjoy it as a soup, served over rice or a baked potato. Each serving has only 150 calories and provides 7g plant based protein and 8g fiber. Enjoy.
Best Ingredients: FILTERED WATER, RED & BLACK BEANS, VEGETABLES ( TOMATOES, ONION, CHILIES, CORN, GARLIC, PEPPERS), STARCHES (CORN,POTATO), NATURAL FLAVORS, ORGANIC BROWN SUGAR, MASA FLOUR, SEA SALT, SPICES, LIME JUICE, SESAME, OREGANO, VINEGAR, TAMARI SOY SAUCE.
The Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods Chili Soup was my favorite. I had it for lunch a couple of days ago and loved it! Perfectly seasoned with a touch of spiciness and loaded with delicious ingredients, the soup kept me full until dinner! With only 20 calories from fat, it is an excellent healthy alternative to other high fat chili soups on the market! Additionally, it is easy to heat and serve too. All you need to do is pour how much you would like to eat in a microwave bowl and zap it for a few minutes. You can refrigerate the unused portion and use it within 7 days! I love this option, because I’m not always hungry enough to eat more than one cup of soup and the packaging allows me to easily serve as little or as much as I want without having to prepare the whole contents, unlike regular soup cans. PLUS, as we have heard recently in the news, a lot of the cans on the market contain BPA and Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods soups come in easy to stack in your cabinet paper based packaging that’s BPA-free and sourced from certified, responsibly managed forests. Meaning, the food is good for you and the planet too!
The only thing I would like to see Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods change is to eliminate the ingredient yeast extract from its line of soups. Yeast extract contains glutamic acid an can cause the same reactions in people who are monosodium glutamate sensitive, such as migraine headaches, upset stomach, foggy thinking, diarrhea, heart irregularities, and asthma -just to name a few. The ingredient is not included in all of the companies soups, so I believe there must be a healthier alternative to using yeast extract in the recipes which have it. Other than that, the soups are fantastic and perfect for anyone looking to manage their diet with delicious low-calorie, convenient, and healthier meal choices!
Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods are available nationwide at natural food and select traditional grocery stores, as well as at www.rightfoods.com. The soups have a SRP of $3.19 per carton.
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