Here’s a great recipe to warm your bones this winter. It has lots of anti-inflammatory benefits too! I hope you enjoy it.
CURRIED CARROT SOUP
2 lbs. organic carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces
5 cups low sodium, organic chicken broth or vegetable broth
2 tablespoons chopped organic onion
2 tablespoons chopped organic celery
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 dried hot chili pepper
2-3 cloves grated garlic
Sea salt and Pepper to taste
4 tablespoons chopped organic cilantro
¼ cup non-dairy sour cream
(Optional) one potato, peeled and chopped
Combine everything except sour cream, and cilantro into a soup pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 45min. until carrots are tender. Discard chili pepper. Put in food processor until well blended. Serve with a dollop of non-dairy sour cream and sprinkle with cilantro. Enjoy!
Makes about 6 ½ cup servings.
The holidays are upon us. Imagine getting through the holidays feeling good and without the typical weight gain that becomes a New Year’s resolution. It can be done. Here are some tips to help you through the holidays while eating delicious foods and enjoying the company of friends and family.
1. PLAN: This is the most important step. You either plan to succeed or plan to fail. Think about your day ahead of time and what you have to do. What parties or festivities will you be attending. Get an idea of what will be served. You can bring a healthier dessert and side dish with you or you can eat ahead of time and just munch on a few healthier options there.
2. INFORM: Let the people in your life know that you are making an effort to eat healthier so that they aren’t offended when you don’t indulge in all the holiday goodies.
3. RECIPES: Tweak your favorite recipes or find new ones that use healthier sweeteners and flours. You can make delicious cookies and desserts that won’t sabotage your efforts and your willpower.
4. SUPPORT: Enlist the support to help you through your busy days. You’d be surprised at how having support from someone can help you get through challenging situations. I do this every day with my clients. It really helps to have someone there that you can count on to help you through these times.
5. RELAX: Take at least 10-15min. per day EVERY day to unwind and de-stress in some way. You can make a list of things you like to do and pick something off this list daily. Put it on your to do list!
6. MOVE: Park farther away while shopping. Take the steps whenever possible. Even 10 min. of brisk walking two to three times per day is better than not exercising at all. Stretch and use some light weights a few times weekly. (You can even do this while watching a favorite T.V. show) You’ll have more energy to get through the day.
7. BREATHE: Stop and take some deep breaths every day. This is very important for calming down the mind and body. It can be relaxing, especially with all the extra things that we do during the holidays. (You can even do this while driving)
8. SLEEP: Make sure to get at least 7hrs. sleep per night as much as you can. Shut down the computer at night and wind down.
9. PLAY: Have fun and do things you like to do. Laugh and enjoy time with family and friends. Say no when you have to. Simplify as much as possible.
10. VOLUNTEER: You can do this with your time or money. It helps those in need and feeds the soul.