(Disclosure: This is a solicited, but unpaid review/announcement. Progresso provided an evaluation “gift pack”, which included lots of soup, a mug, and a digital jump rope. Information provided by Progresso is shown in quotes; anything else is my opinion or random observation. Progresso is also providing a gift pack for the giveaway.)
Lots to cover here, but we’ll manage it in this order: The Soup, The Contest, and then the Giveaway. Yes, that should do nicely.
Let’s start with Progresso’s claims: “With surprisingly hearty ingredients like pasta, beans, corn and rice, and flavor-packed vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, and peppers, Progresso Light and 100 Calorie Soups offer varieties with a good source of fiber and a full serving of vegetables. Satisfying your taste buds, Progresso Light and 100 Calories Soups can help curb your hunger, making it easier for you to stick to your weight management plan.”
My experience? Today I sampled the Zesty Southwestern Vegetable (60 calories per cup!) and my taste buds were intrigued, but not satisfied. I stirred in a dash of taco seasoning and that little problem was resolved. Deliciously resolved. So many canned soups are waaaay too salty, but this one wasn’t. Maybe it’s the absence of MSG? I dunno. Anyway, this is a broth-y soup, which makes it perfect for a tasty pre-dinner snack. While it’s not exactly a “health food”, it was definitely healthier than the jar of honey-roasted peanuts I had my eye on.
I could happily continue eating this soup as a snack or as a savory sidekick to a nice, healthy sandwich, but I’m thinking of promoting the remainder of this can to main-course status by adding some shredded chicken, peppers, and tomatoes. (Am I a genius or what?) I hadn’t expected the duality of the product, so that’s a nice little bonus.
There are many varieites of lighter Progresso Soups, but next up on my schedule is Chicken and Wild Rice. Or maybe the Italian Vegetable. Choices, choices…
The Contest: Progresso is sponsoring a big contest for the chance to win a full makeover in New York City from May 21st-23rd.. The winner will receive roundtrip airfare, a two-night hotel stay, a full makeover, a $1,000 wardrobe shopping spree, and a personal consultation at a New York department store. The contest opened yesterday and ends March 15th.
To learn more about the contest and submit your entry (if you live in the U.S.), visit www.Progresso.com/SouperYou . While you’re there, you can also download a coupon for $1 off any three varieties of Progresso Soup. (You may want to save your time and not enter the contest, because I’m pretty sure I’m going to win it. I’m just saying.)
The Giveaway: To whet our appetites for winning, Progresso is providing a gift pack consisting of a nicely-sized Progresso soup mug, digital jump rope, and two cans of Progresso Soup for one of you lucky U.S.or Canadian readers. All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave me a comment letting me know you want in. It’s just that simple. You have until Thursday, January 7th, 11:59 p.m. (US Central) to enter!
I’m not normally much of a soup eater (other than my own concoctions), but with single-digit temps (and possibly s-n-o-w!) predicted here over the next few days, Progresso’s timing couldn’t be better. I arrived home cold and hungry this afternoon, and I pulled out my saucepan even before I took my coat off. I suspect that scene will be repeated many times over the next few weeks!
And now I’m off to write the award winning essay. Or maybe I’ll just send them a photo of me in my everyday attire instead. It’s fairly self-explanatory as to why I need a makeover.