Dr. McDougall's Split Pea with BarleyI haven’t had Dr. McDougall’s soup or oatmeal in years. It used to be my go to breakfast and lunch when I worked for one company. They taste great. I think I stopped eating them because I had to go to a store not convenient to me to find them plus they were more expensive than other options.

Dr. McDougall’s Split Pea Soup with Barley has changed since the last time I bought it. It comes in a bigger container and includes a fresh packet that holds the seasoning. Open the container, take out the fresh packet, open it and pour it into the container. Stir the mixture to blend it and then fill up with water to the line. Stir again and nuke for 1 minute and 45 seconds. Stir again. Then place the spoon on top of the cover (to keep it down) and let the soup seep for five minutes. If you skip this part, you’ll have hot crunchy soup.

The soup still has the smoky pea flavor I remember along with lots of barley grains and rehydrated vegetables — most notable are carrots and onions that add spice and bite. The soup isn’t as creamy or thick as I remember from the original recipe. I’m sure I didn’t add too much water and I let it sit for over five minutes.Amy's Organic Split Pea

Impressive about the soup is that it has 300mg sodium per serving. This contains two servings. Nutrition facts per serving: 120 calories, 0.5g fat, 0g sat fat, 300mg sodium, 21g carbs, 5g fiber, 1g sugars and 8g protein.

Amy’s Organic Split Pea

Speaking of split pea soup, I also tried Amy’s Organic Split Pea and decided to put it in here instead of a stand-alone review. Dr. McDougall’s wins by a knockout. Amy’s looked and tasted weak, not creamy and bland. Very surprising considering Amy’s makes other wonderful soups.

Rating for Amy’s: 1/5 Nutrition facts per serving: 100 calories, 0g total fat, 570mg sodium, 19g carbs, 4g fiber, 4g sugars and 7g protein.

Verdict for Dr. McDougall’s Split Pea Soup with Barley

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