Super easy vegetable soup

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I never used to like soup until it dawned on me how freaking quick and easy it is to make and how much of a nutritional powerhouse it is with very little calories or fat. I still don’t eat it much in the summer, but nothing beats a hot bowl of soup to beat the chill of winter. Plus, our bodies naturally slow down a bit in the colder months leaving less energy for digestion. Large, greasy or protein-heavy meals can make us even more tired or sluggish on gray days. A nourishing vegetarian soup is ideal to give our body a break and help keep us feeling light and vibrant.

Recipe:

28 oz can diced tomatoes
15 oz can tomato sauce
2 cups of water
1/2 bunch rainbow chard, chopped
1/2 pkg (6oz) frozen mixed veggies (I used a blend of carrots, peas, corn and green beans)

Optional:
This tastes great alone, but sometimes I add a clove or two of garlic and a pinch of basil, and/or oregano.

Cover and simmer until hot.

Lunch or dinner for the whole week? Done and done! *brushes hands together* 😎

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Today’s winter juice recipe

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The weather is turning colder and my body is calling for the deeper colors of nutrient-dense purples and greens instead of the bright oranges and yellows of summer fruits.

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I juiced the kale leaves and pear then poured that into my blender with the grapes, kiwi and coconut water.

Winter juice:
1 bunch kale
Handful of red grapes
1 red pear
1 kiwi
8oz or so of coconut water

VoilĂ !

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11 minutes to a better YOU

The number 11 is significant in kundalini yoga. It is a high vibration number and symbolizes the principle of enlightenment.

Whenever I feel I don’t have enough time for things like meditation or exercise, I can almost always set aside 11 minutes to do it and afterwards I always feel calmer, more centered and like I accomplished something worthwhile — definitely better than I did before.

In some ways, 11 minutes is the perfect amount of time for meditation. Just enough time for your mind to really let go but not too much time where it has a chance to wander or to feel like a chore.

As far as exercise goes, 11 minutes may not sound like a lot but 11 minutes is better than zero minutes. Plus, if you can manage to do 11 minutes in the morning and 11 at night, you’re just under the recommended 30 min per day!

I also like to engage this magic number by holding my stretches for an 11 count. Or, if I’m really short on time, I’ll “sprinkle in” fitness by just doing 11 reps of any exercise whenever I can throughout the day. Just moving your body often, in a way that feels good to you is what is most important.

Give your mind and your body just 11 minutes and your spirit will thank you. Trust me. 🙂