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More From Amy's Kitchen: Organic Vegetable Barley Soup

More From Amy's Kitchen: Organic Vegetable Barley Soup

Amy's Kitchen is one of my favorite brands since many of their products are made with whole organic grains, veggies, and herbs, with NO bizarre fillers you've never heard of. The ingredients in their products are always simple, straightforward, and things you'd use if you had the time and energy to make a meal yourself.

I've already tried (and loved) Amy's frozen entrées - the Vegetable Lasagna and Stuffed Pasta Shells are delicious, low in saturated fat and calories, and very filling. So I decided to venture into Amy's array of canned soups.

I tried the Organic Vegetable Barley Soup and it was surprisingly flavorful. You know how canned soups can be pretty bland or way too salty, right? Well this soup had a delicious onion, garlic and leek-based broth. When I stirred it around, I could see whole pieces of cooked peas, carrots, tomatoes, celery, yellow squash, and barley. This soup has a very soft consistency, which I loved, but some people might like soups with a bit more firmness.

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As I was sipping my soup, I took a closer look at the nutritional info and was pleased by the low amount of calories, sugar and fat. I was NOT pleased to discover that there were actually 2 servings per can. I did feel full after eating half the can, but seriously, who only eats half a can of soup? I guess if I bring this soup for lunch, I should pack a reusable container along with it to store the other serving.

I should only eat half this can of soup considering 1 serving contains 580mg of sodium! That seems a bit high, when you consider that the RDI of sodium is 2,300 mg a day. If I ate the entire can, I'd be getting 1,160mg of sodium which is more than half the amount I should be getting all day, but it's just in one meal!

Fit's Tips: Canned soups and pre-made meals are often high in sodium, so if you have high blood pressure, be extra vigilant about checking labels and serving sizes.

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greeneydmonster greeneydmonster 10 years
try amy's santa fe enchiladas!!!! soooo yummy and filling. i agree, mexican food is one of the things i miss the most when i cut calories, but amys are healthy and delicious.
megafie megafie 10 years
Looks good - I'll have to try this one. I love Amy's burritos!
Victoria225 Victoria225 10 years
I have never had a bad Amy's product. The selection at the local Wal-Mart is decent and nearly half the price of The Fresh Market stuff.
CamillaCat CamillaCat 10 years
hey thanks, i'll have to look for it next time
ShedItandGetIt ShedItandGetIt 10 years
Also, you aren't supposed to add water, they are ready to serve, but I added a little water to the chunky tomato soup downplay the sodium factor a bit. And I mixed in some shredded cheese for a little extra flavor and it was delicious! :)
handbagbride handbagbride 10 years
I "made" Amy's frozen teriyaki bowl today for lunch and it was great! I really think the products are wonderful..and I would have to agree with the comments on the burritos - they are delicious.
KerryG KerryG 10 years
Mmm, I love Amy's Kitchen! Haven't tried this soup, though.
susanec susanec 10 years
I think they have some low sodium versions available. If they're not in the regular soup aisle then as mentioned they're in with the "vegetarian" or natural foods.
james-bond-girl james-bond-girl 10 years
Agreed, Amy's Burritos are probably one of the best products from the company.
juju4 juju4 10 years
I like Amy's lentil soup, but I absolutely LOVE her burritos! They are so filling and satisfying, and calorie/fat wise they aren't too bad. When I eat healthfully, I miss mexican food the most.
luvbugg luvbugg 10 years
Looks Yummy!
dmblauren dmblauren 10 years
ohhh, i love amy's stuff camillacat: yep, it's in the local grocery store w/the vegetarian stuff.
CamillaCat CamillaCat 10 years
Where can you buy it? Your local grocery?
vlizkimv vlizkimv 10 years
looks yummy :P
ShedItandGetIt ShedItandGetIt 10 years
Oddly enough, I just tried Amy's soup for the first time two days ago and loved it...had the tomato, having the black bean for dinner tonight....I wish it would get colder so I could eat them more!
kgtg1 kgtg1 10 years
Hm, I have a three bean can sitting here in my desk "food drawer". I will have to try it! I love Amy's foods, it really is the best frozen food brand out there. Too bad about the sodium though, ugh.
minhoca minhoca 10 years
i looooooove amy's 3 bean soup! but its so difficult to find it in grocery stores here...
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