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Superfoods: Condiment Edition

15 Oct

This week, the superfood I will be focusing on is ketchup!

Ketchup

Yes, that’s right. Ketchup.

Made of tomatoes, vinegar, and sugar, ketchup is one of the healthiest foods you can find. It is packed full of vitamins A through Z and… calcium… and… okay, just kidding. Ketchup isn’t a superfood. Turns out it isn’t even good for you.

But.

I need to do some serious catching up this week (get it? Ketchup… Catch-up? I’m so funny).

Pretty much I’m going to go back and do 1 more kale and 1 more carrot recipe because I just didn’t give these superfoods enough love during their respective weeks. Party party!

Carrots + Kale

Carrots + Kale. Maybe combined? Okay, let’s not get too crazy.

Also. I went jogging today! This was quite the event, since I pretty much didn’t move at all last week. At all. But after listening to this talk, I’m determined to love running (and life in general) more. Because it turns out that I’ve been dreading it and hating every step lately. So sad.

Today was better. I was really focused on not checking to see how far I’d gone or how fast I was running and just staying in the moment. All was going well until I slipped on a bridge (dang rain makes everything so slippery), fell, and hurt my shoulder just a tad. I’m going to go ahead and call it a sports-related injury.

Here are some great quotes from that talk that I just love:

“Sometimes in life we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to find joy in the journey.”

“Doesn’t it seem foolish to spoil sweet and joyful experiences because we are constantly anticipating the moment when they will end?”

[ahem… me on every.single.run.]

“We shouldn’t wait to be happy until we reach some future point, only to discover that happiness was already available—all the time! Life is not meant to be appreciated only in retrospect.”

I feel like I’m usually really good about loving life when I’m in the moment–particularly running–but lately, I feel like it’s just another thing to check off of my to-do list. Isn’t that sad? I love running! Unhealthily, even. But I just don’t love it these days, so my goal for this week is to suffer through it less and love it more.

Is anyone else going through the exercise dumps?
How do you stay positive?

Remember Me?

13 Oct

Hey there.

You might have noticed that I’ve been curiously absent from the blogosphere this week… or maybe you didn’t notice. Either way, I decided to take a break while I was “on the mend.” Just to catch you up on what I would have written about had I posted, here is a list of what I’ve been up to:

Sleeping
Eating soup
Listening to Harry Potter
Coughing
Watching CNN & loving Anderson Cooper from afar
Not running
Sniffling
Getting a little too fired up about the VP debate
Not cleaning
Not doing much that’s productive

So trust me, you haven’t been missing out on any scintillating details over here because there hasn’t been much going on.

During this week of illness, I did manage to make one superfood recipe that was ridiculously tasty. Yep, it was the carrot ginger soup I promised earlier!

Carrot Ginger Soup + French Peasant Bread

Carrot Ginger Soup + French Peasant Bread

I got both of these recipes from Lynne, who is pretty much a healthy food guru. Someday I plan on having a giant library of healthy recipes stored away for daily use, but until then, I’ll just have to rely on the brains of others…

Carrot Ginger Soup
(ps: I should point out that ginger is a great ingredient to use in cooking for women in their first trimester because it works wonders for nausea–curing it, not causing it :))

Makes 4 servings

4 Tbsp butter
1 cup chopped onion
3 cups chicken stock (I used unsalted vegetable stock and used 4 cups instead of 3 because mine turned out a little too thick)
2 lbs. carrots
3 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp nutmeg
Pepper
Fresh chives for garnish (I left these guys out)

1. Melt butter in saucepan.
2. Add onion and cook for 10 minutes.
3. Add stock, carrots, ginger, nutmeg, and garlic salt and bring to a boil.
4. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
5. Let cool a little and puree in a blender or food processor (or a submersion blender. I realized right before I made this that I actually have a submersion blender. It was a wedding present that I never got around to using until now.)
6. Season with pepper and chives.

I really loved this soup. It was so good! Perfect for a Fall day. And? Packed with some serious nutrition.

Carrot Ginger Soup

Note the Vitamin A… pretty impressive!
Ps: This uses regular old chicken stock rather than unsalted vegetable stock.

And now I’ll leave you with my absolute favorite commercial of all time before I head off to enjoy some serious college football. Enjoy!

What’s Up, Doc?

9 Oct
Carrot & Bunny

Isn’t this little guy adorable?
The bunny, not the carrot…
Though, to be fair, the carrot is fairly attractive as well.

Even though I’m a little late, I’ve risen from my sickbed to announce my superfood of the week: carrots!

Not only are they great for your eyes, they’re also great to eat during pregnancy because they are packed with nutrients.

Specifically, carrots contain about 700% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin A that comes from the high levels of beta carotene. Because these nutrients come from plants rather than animals, you are good to eat carrots and not worry about potential harm to your unborn child.

Everyone knows carrots help with your eyesight (because of the high levels of vitamin A), but it’s also good for your baby’s eyes as they develop. Not bad, right?

So add carrots to your grocery list and get excited about some of the yummy carrot recipes that are coming this week 🙂 Here’s a teaser…

Carrot Ginger Soup

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Carrot Ginger Soup is definitely coming your way.

And. Just in case you’re curious, I’m still sick 😦 After talking to my mom today, I think it’s just chest and head cold season. So fun, right?

If you’ve had the misfortune of contracting an annoying virus, here’s my
Sick Kid Survival Kit to get you through the seriously sucky week:

Colds Suck.

1. Chicken Noodle Soup (duh.)
2. Arm & Hammer Simply Saline Nasal Relief
3. Vicks VapoRub
4. Eucerin Aquaphor (To keep lips and nose moisturized)
5. Harry Potter (Because I love him so)

What’s in your Sick Kid Survival Kit? Am I missing anything crucial?