If you follow me on Instagram, you’re probably aware that I’ve moved house. The last few weeks have been manic and I still don’t have my kitchen appliances fitted. Moving is a busy and stressful time, so anything that can make meal times easier is a real bonus. Especially when they give you the option of having something hot inside you.
Step forward, Baxters Soup. I was asked to take part in the Souper Swap Challenge, swapping my usual lunch choice for one of the Baxters soups every day for two weeks. My lunches can be varied, everything from salads and sandwiches to pie and chips. However, without a kitchen (although I had a hot plate), meal preparation is difficult, so saying yes to the challenge was a no brainer. It would make my life easier, plus soup is warming and comforting and trust me, after the weeks I’ve just had, I needed a lot of comforting.
Baxters have been creating soups for four generations and 147 years later, each recipe is developed under the guidance of Audrey Baxter. After all those years, I think it’s fair to say that they know what they’re doing, with the soups alone being produced for over 80 years.
Once in my new home, I couldn’t wait to open my box of soups and I have enjoyed a can most days this week.
Top fitness tip: Before opening the cans, use them for some barbell curls!
I received a great selection of flavours, including Garden Pea & Mint, Carrot & Butterbean, Chicken & Sweetcorn Chowder, and my personal favourite, Beef, Bean & Vegetable from their hearty range. There’s a lot of variation in the range, with something suitable for all dietary needs. I had my friend over, who is both gluten and dairy free and was pleasantly surprised to discover that although they aren’t marketed as “free from” products, several of the soups I was sent catered for her dietary requirements.
It probably won’t be of any great surprise that with the move and commuting back and forth from London a lot, my diet has gone out of the window a bit over these last few weeks. I haven’t been consuming enough fruit and veg, so it was great to see that some of the Baxters range contain up to three portions of five a day (or ten a day as we’re now told). Paired with a slice of rye bread, these made a fantastic quick and easy lunch, whilst helping me to get some much-needed vegetables!
I had no idea that the Baxters range was quite so varied, especially the “Hearty” range. I particularly enjoyed the Beef, Bean & Vegetable as it really felt like I was having a meal in a bowl and kept me satisfied for a long time. The texture of the soups is also great and not too mushy – I like my food to have a bit of bite to it – and I have to thank Baxters for helping me to have some proper food over these last couple of weeks! Not all the flavours are for me, for example I wasn’t wild about the Chicken & Sweetcorn Chowder, but that’s personal taste as I’m not keen on sweetcorn. The range is diverse enough that there is something for everybody.
If you’d like to give Baxter soups a try, they’re available in most major supermarkets. Alternatively, you can join in the Souper Swap Challenge on their website and purchase 10 for £10. Not bad, hey? Just quote SOUPERSWAP at checkout.
You can also check out the Souper Swap Quiz. I’m a social butterfly – how about you?
*Please accept my apologies for the sub par photos in this post. Life is still not quite normal!