Kate Williams, RD
Do you remember listening or watching school closing announcements? It was the perfect way to turn the winter blues into bright smiles on kids’ faces. After a day of playing in the snow, I would thaw out while dipping a perfectly grilled cheese sandwich into a bowl of deliciously creamy, tomato soup. Campbell’s® Soup has long held a place in my heart and cupboard. Soup reminds me of family, friends and the memories we shared. Years later, I started my professional career at Campbell and remember the colorful Andy Warhol themed soup cans displayed in the lobby. As a nutrition intern, I learned the role soup can play not just in my heart but in health and wellness.
Soup has changed over time, with innovative flavors and a deeper focus on convenience, simple ingredients, nutrition, transparency and more. Packaging has progressed from not only cans but also microwavable bowls, and cups you can heat-and-eat hassle-free. Yet, Campbell's® has worked hard to keep tradition, by delivering the taste consumers desire and expect, while making a product that keeps up with an ever-changing world and palate.
On Its Own or as an Ingredient
Slows You Down (in a good way) –We all have days when time seems to fly by as we race from here to there. Soup can be an easy fix. It can help you slow down a bit (especially for those of us who, unfortunately, eat too quickly). It warms you up on a cold day and brings a comfort, we all need and enjoy.
Recipe Ingredient - Don’t forget that soup can be a key ingredient in many delicious recipes! Campbell’s Kitchen® is continually creating simple & delicious recipes that use soup as an ingredient, from traditional Green Bean Casserole to Louisiana-Style Chicken, Sausage & Shrimp Skillet. The possibilities are endless.
Convenient & Delicious– It doesn’t take much to heat up a bowl of prepared soup in the microwave or on a stove top and place the can in the recycle bin. Making your own soup is another option that doesn’t have to be an all-day project. Start with Swanson® broth. Combine in a slow cooker with leftover chicken, veggies, dried beans, herbs and spices for a wholesome, flavorful soup that helps turn leftovers into tonight’s dinner!
Nutritional Benefits –
Veggies: 87% of the US population fails to meet the recommended intake of vegetables.1 Soup can be a great way to fit in more vegetables. Tomato-based soups can also provide a good source of potassium, a nutrient many of us need more of each day. Soup can also help people meet the targets for different colored veggies per week – think tomato, potatoes, carrots, winter squash, greens and more! Pureed veggies in soups can add texture, while hiding veggies from picky eaters.
Weight Management: Many soups contain whole grains, beans, and lentils that can add much needed fiber to our day. In addition, broth based soups tend to be low in energy density (provide few calories for the volume of food) and can help you feel full on fewer calories.2
Heart Healthy Options: Looking for heart healthy soup options? Campbell's® offers many that qualify for heart healthy with lower levels of fat and sodium.
Campbell’s® Well Yes!® soups are deliciously crafted with purposeful and nutritious ingredients. Learn more about our Well Yes!® soups.
Whether I serve classic Tomato soup (first introduced in 1895)3 or an innovative ready-to-eat variety, my family traditions will come with a side of soup.
Kate received her bachelor's degree in dietetics from the University of Delaware and completed her dietetic internship at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She has over ten years of experience in a variety of nutrition-related practice areas including clinical nutrition, weight management counseling, health and wellness and nutrition education. Kate has worked as a nutrition consultant to the Campbell Soup Company since 2005.
- Flood J, Rolls B. Soup preloads in a variety of forms reduce meal energy intake. Appetite. 2007;49:626-634.