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What's Up with Drinkable Soup? - On Trend

What's Up with Drinkable Soup? - On Trend
From The Kitchn - September 16, 2017

Here's a question for you: Do you drink soup, or do you eat soup? Most people you ask will say you "eat" it, but a new crop of trendy "drinkable soup" purveyors might have you thinking twice.

You might be wondering what on earth drinkable soup is, and I do not blame youI tried three types of drinkable soups and a soup cleanse for this article and I still have not quite figured it out myself. At their core, drinkable soups such as Zpa Noma, Fawen, and Tio Gazpacho are nutrient-rich, vegan soups that are packaged and sold ready-to-drink, either chilled or heated up (except for Tio, which is meant to be consumed chilled).

There's also soup cleansing aka "souping," which has gained traction as a less extreme, low-sugar alternative to juice cleansing. The world of soup is more complicated than you think, but I am here to tell you what's up.

The 4 Drinkable Soup Brands I Tried

I am going to break down the various types of drinkable soups available on the market right now. They include Zpa Noma, Fawen, Tio Gazpacho, and Splendid Spoon.

Zupa Noma

Recently, Whole30 announced Zpa Noma as its September Whole30 sponsor. Whole30 headmistress Melissa Hartwig herself endorsed the soups as a "nutrient-dense form of hydration."

Zpa Noma comes in six rather complex flavors: carrot coconut lime, tomato gazpacho, tomatillo kale jalapeno, cucumber avocado, yellow pepper turmeric, and beet orange basil. Each flavor is rated on a scale of sweet to spicy and comes with a suggested "soup sipping schedule," starting with cucumber avocado and a breakfast pairing at 8 a.m. to beet orange basil after dinner.

Upon drinking it, I thought of Zpa Noma as more of a fibrous, savory smoothie than a soup. The texture is quite thick, which helps each soup feel filling, but it was also a little hard to get past having to chew each fibrous mouthful before swallowing. I loved the cucumber avocado and tomato gazpacho flavors, but found some of the spicier ones a little overwhelmingly garlicky or oniony. That said, Zpa Noma is much lower in sodium than the other brands.

Shop now: Zpa Noma

Fawen

Fawen stands out with it's eco-friendly carton packaging and generous portion size. Meant to be sipped on the go as hydrating workout fuel or a liquid power snack, Fawen comes in three familiar flavors: beet and cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, and sweet potato & red lentil.

I found myself sipping on the beet and cabbage flavor when I got hungry on the train and enjoying its subtle cumin kick, even at room temperature. The sweet potato and lentil was solid, and would probably taste quite wholesome heated up and in a bowl, but the broccoli and cauliflower had an unappealing aftertaste. Texture-wise, Fawen is a pure that, combined with its packaging, sort of reminded me of baby food. But Fawen is also the only brand to offer coconut water, coconut milk, coconut oil, and 16 different vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in each bottle.

Shop now: Fawen

Tio Gazpacho

Splendid Spoon

Final Thoughts

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