Hanging Out With The Oldie Goldies…

Happy Sunday Morning to ya!  I have a day planned of R-E-L-A-X-A-T-I-O-N… Lately I feel like I’ve been going a million miles per hour and its totally catching up with me.  I started to self diagnose the symptoms of my exhaustion on the Google last night… SCARY. SCARY. SCARY.  So I am listening to my body today and going to take it EASY. EASY. EASY.

I had a very fulfilling day yesterday…both physically and mentally.

I followed my usual habits – Lemon water with cayenne and a big glass of Vitamineral Green Powder. Also, I had a big bowl of blueberries and banana.

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I left the house – ran over to the gym to take a spinning class to find it closed because of a power outage.  I was super bummed.  I really wanted to take a class instead of figuring out what exercise to do on my own….
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Spicy Tomato Kale Soup

Hi there! I want to share a quick recipe I made tonight that is one of my absolute favorite comforting meals – Spicy Tomato Kale Soup. I can’t even begin to tell you all of the many reasons I love this soup – is it is really easy to make, lasts for a few days, freezes well, can feed a crowd, everyone loves it… I could go on and on.

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I’d like to point out one of the products I used that is fairly new in my pantryBioNaturae Strained Organic Tomatoes. These tomatoes are certified organic and come in a BPA free glass bottle, which is a major step up from the BPA filled aluminum cans that most tomatoes come in. Also – these tomatoes are SALT FREE! Which means you can add high quality sea salt to your liking. This is a big deal since most of the salt they put in cans of tomatoes is highly processed, bleached and devoid of minerals.

I used Eden Farms brand cannellini beans which is another guaranteed BPA free product, also free of processed salt and certified organic. These beans add a nice creamy texture to the soup once it is pureed. You’ll never miss the cream that most recipes use in a soup like this!

These two products are a must in your pantry! Add them asap so you can make this yummy soup anytime!

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Food Babe’s Spicy Tomato and Kale Soup
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Serves: 6
  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • 1 white onion chopped
  • 4 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 24 ounces of pureed tomatoes
  • 1 quart of vegetable broth
  • 1 can of Eden Farms cannelloni beans strained and rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bunch of kale chopped
  1. Heat olive oil on medium heat in a large pot
  2. Add onion and carrots and cook for about 4-5 mins
  3. Add garlic next and cook another 2 mins
  4. Add spices, broth, water, and tomatoes to pot and bring to a boil
  5. Once soup is at a boil, reduce to simmer and add beans
  6. Simmer soup for 25 mins
  7. Discard bay leaf and puree soup using a hand blender
  8. Add chopped kale to pureed soup and stir into pot
Serve with crunchy crackers or a piece of toasted sprouted grain bread. ***Please buy all organic ingredients if possible***


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Let me know if you plan on trying the recipe and what you think!

Have a great end of week!

Food Babe

Be Unconventional – Stop Drinking with Your Meals

Digestion is super important for health, staying slim, and mental wellbeing.  Without proper digestion many discomforts can be born into the body – indigestion, heart burn, irritability, bloating, lethargy, headaches, insatiable cravings, inability to determine true hunger, and depression.

Now imagine that you are doing something every single day that unknowingly is causing one or more of these symptoms!  Wouldn’t you want to know what that was?

Have you thought about what you drink and how much you drink with your meals?

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When you digest foods without complications, the feelings of happiness, contentment, clarity, optimism, and lightness appear in your body. To maximize those wonderful feelings it is really important to understand how drinking can effect digestion.

When I go out to eat, it’s usually the same old story – The waiter or waitress comes by with a big jug of really cold ice water and serves the table.  This is standard and conventional practice – even if you don’t order a drink, you’ll usually always get a huge glass of ice cold water. Most restaurants across America and elsewhere do this every single day without a second thought. This is the first big mistake for digestion.

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Don’t drink cold water with your meals.

When several studies were published about how consuming cold water increases your metabolism a few years ago, you could literally hear the ice plumping into glasses across the country.  People thought – “Wow, if I just drink cold water all day, I can lose weight!” – well this bit of wisdom is a double edged sword. While drinking cold water does speed up your metabolism (about 4 extra calories per 8 ounces of water), it does so by using energy to heat up the cold water to body temperature. This diverts energy that should be used for digestion.  When you are eating, you want all your energy directed at breaking down food so your body can easily assimilate the nutrients and eliminate waste. When you have bad digestion – you could actually gain weight in the long run, because toxins can be built up in your digestive organs which can inhibit the bodies ability to breakdown fat, cause insatiable cravings and mess with your body’s ability to determine if you are full or not.

The second big mistake I see – is people getting refill after refill of liquids while eating.  Using the liquids to literally aid in gulping down huge amounts of inadequately chewed foods. Sometimes, drinking the equivalent of 24 ounces of liquid during the meal.

Don’t drink liquids with your meals.

Drinking liquids during your meal dilutes your naturally occurring digestive enzymes and stomach acids which makes it harder to breakdown food. Stomach acids are dissipated with the act of consumings liquids with solids because water is excreted faster than solids.   If you are chewing adequately (creating saliva), you should be able to eat comfortably without lots of liquids.  Allow your saliva to naturally help you swallow your food.

Drink water or other liquids 20 mins before you consume food and wait at least an hour after.

Focus on hydrating yourself between meals vs. during. You’ll still be adequately hydrated throughout the day with this method and allow your food to be digested without complicating matters for your stomach and intestines.

If you must drink with your meals, sip on a warm beverage.

Good options are room temperature water with lemon or herbal tea – the temperature will be closer to your body’s normal heat and ease digestion vs disrupting it. Ginger is my favorite type of tea to drink with or after meals because it naturally moves food from the upper part of the digestive tract into the lower. At home I just cut up a few pieces of fresh ginger and pour hot water over it.  On the go, I always carry these tea bags with me… When we were in Asia last summer, ginger tea was a standard on menus – I wish all restaurants here had it available too. (YogiNumi, and Traditional Medicinals are my favorite digestive teas.)

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I can’t wait until our eating rituals here in the modern world start to better align with healthy and nutritious practices of eastern medicine which these principles are founded.

You have the powerBe unconventional and you just may start a trend to drinking more thoughtfully and healthfully.

I’d love to hear your feedback on this topic. Do you know someone who could improve their digestion by following this habit? If so, please share this information with them. Are you guilty of guzzling down your food with big glasses of water? Don’t feel bad and don’t be shy, I used to a long time ago too.

Here’s to drinking thoughtfully all week long!

Food Babe