You may remember this phrase from the popular 90’s American TV series “Seinfeld.” This phrase caused so many of us to chuckle as the fictional character “The Soup Nazi” refused to serve certain customers in his restaurant. His quick dismissal of these individuals was often for reasons known only to him, leaving his victims feeling dejected and hungry. They lived in fear of provoking his hidden sources of frustration, which would cause him to blurt out the famous phrase, “No Soup For You!”
Many people fear that in living the Wheat Belly lifestyle they will encounter similar scenarios. The imaginary “Grain-free Nazi” who will say “No this and no that” causing them to feel alienated, frustrated, and again hungry.
Have no fear–this will not be the case. This does not mean that you will never again be able to enjoy a piece of pizza, a salad with dressing, or a delicious bowl of soup. I would like to show you how you can safely purchase or even better yet, make your own grain-free delicious soups.
Living the Wheat Belly Lifestyle means being diligent about knowing exactly what ingredients are in the foods you choose. Examine all labels and avoid any food that contains grains in any shape or form. This can be tricky because wheat and corn, in particular, come in some tough-to-recognize names. Panko, textured vegetable protein, and farro are all forms of wheat, and hominy, modified food starch, and zein are all forms of corn. You may be shocked at how many processed food products contain grains— the majority of foods filling the aisles in supermarkets. It is testimony to the cleverness of Big Food that various combinations of wheat flour, cornstarch, inexpensive oils, sugar, food colorings, flavorings, and preservatives can be presented as breakfast cereal for kids, fiber-rich bran cereals, “heart healthy” products, ready-to-eat frozen dinners, instant soup mixes, canned soups, seasoning mixes, salad dressings, and thousands of other products which are all created from the same ingredient list. By avoiding them, you are really just avoiding the thousands of variations on the same theme. One great example is Campbell’s Healthy Request Tomato Soup.
Here is a short list of hidden sources of grains/grain byproducts commonly found in soups and dry soup mixes:
- Modified food starch
- Roux (wheat-based sauce or thickener)
- Vegetable Protein or Starch
You will find more a more detailed list of the hidden aliases for wheat and corn that can be found in so many processed foods in my book, Undoctored.
There is something to be said for sage wisdom. Who knew?
Our grandparents understood that saving bones, leftover pieces of meat, fat, skin, and vegetables (even if they were past their peak) to create delicious soup stock was just part of a good diet. Consuming the stock made with bones is excellent for joint, hair and nail health. The health benefits of using leftover bones have only recently come to be appreciated by modern society. They also knew better than to trim the fat off of poultry, beef, pork, or fish. They did not skim the gelatin and fat off of their soup or stock, even when using fats like lard and tallow in their cooking. Maybe our grandparents instinctively knew a few things after-all.
So why not give it a try? Try saving bones or purchasing them from the butcher or meat section of the grocery store. Oftentimes the butcher will simply give them to you. If you don’t have the time or need for soup/broth right now… no problem, you can freeze them to make it later.
Here’s a basic recipe to get you started:
Simply boil bones for delicious soup. Three pounds of bones and a pound of inexpensive meat, add chopped onions, carrots, celery (basically any vegetables you choose), a little tomato paste, season to taste and voilà you have delicious homemade soup.
My Wheat Belly and Undoctored books provide you with several easy and delicious soup recipes and guideline to help you avoid hidden grains. Here’s just a taste…
Wheat Belly Cream of Broccoli Soup is a wonderfully filling and simple variation on traditional cream of broccoli soup, which can be whipped up in just a few minutes. We put coconut milk to use to take advantage of its satiating and other health effects; it also makes this soup so tasty that you’ll want to lick the spoon.
Wheat Belly Curried Chicken Soup is a variation on chicken soup that’s rich with the flavors of curry, shiitake mushrooms, and cilantro. It’s thickened with coconut milk to induce satiety. The best results are obtained by using homemade chicken broth, though store-bought versions can still produce delicious soups. Be sure to look for brands without wheat flour, cornstarch, or other grain derivatives. You will find this an many other great recipes in my Wheat Belly 10-Day Detox Book.
Along with the rich flavors of poblano peppers and chorizo sausage, this dish packs a prebiotic bowel flora wallop by including lentils, a source of galactooligosaccharide prebiotic fibers. You will find this an many other great recipes in my newest book, Undoctored.
With all of the health benefits and great grain–free options available, have no fear. Yes, there are many soups for you!