Healthy Carrot Soup

Carrot SoupI don’t know about you, but between the darkness, cold weather, shorter days etc. my whole system just feels kind of off. My body is needing more sleep than usual, and needing a lot more warming foods – hello carbs! I think it is so important to be in tune with our bodies and give them exactly what they are asking for and also ask ourselves why? I have been so incredibly busy (in the best kind of way) that my body is just telling me I need to slow down slightly, get an extra 30 minutes of sleep and ease up at the gym. The cold weather makes me crave soups, granola, bread, muffins and anything else that sticks to the bones! Am I alone here? Luckily there is this great community that allows us to eat all these delicious treats in the healthiest way possible. I have been making my goddess granola and homemade almond milk on repeat for the last two weeks. I don’t feel guilt for the added carbs or extra sleep ins, rather I feel good that I am giving myself what I need for this particular moment. Like everything, pushing yourself is good thing, so long as it is in moderation. Knowing when to take a few steps back can sometimes be the hardest part.

If you’re feeling even slightly how I have been feeling, I wanted to share this recipe to help keep you warm and cozy. After sharing my carrot soup pictures and videos on Snapchat and Instagram stories, lots of you wrote in that you’d love the recipe. Although I prefer chunky soups, pureed soups are definitely the easiest. It doesn’t matter how perfect your produce looks, or how nicely you chop it because in the end, it all gets blended together. Pureed soups are also a great way to add in extra nutrients that maybe your significant other or child doesn’t particularly like (think spinach, celery, broccoli). Because I love multiple textures, I like to add crunchy chickpeas, crushed tortilla chips or some nuts and seeds on top! Enjoy this recipe, stay warm and give your body what it needs and DESERVES!

Ingredients

• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 2 shallots
• 3 garlic cloves
• 12-15 carrots (side note: I actually used purple carrots in this recipe, despite the orange colour!)
• 1 peeled and cored apple (add a second for a sweeter soup)
• 2 litres organic veg or chicken stock
• salt and pepper (to taste)
• pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
• 4 tbsp freshly chopped dill

Directions

1. Roughly chop all of your ingredients. Size doesn’t really matter here because it will end up in your blender anyway!
2. Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Cook onions until translucent, add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.
3. Add your carrots and apple, sauté for 5 minutes. Add your stock, salt, pepper, chilli flakes and dill. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until the carrots are cooked through.
4. In small batches, transfer mixture into your blender. Blend until smooth (may need to do this more than once) then transfer into a container. You can also use an immersion blender for this. Top with fresh dill.
Carrot Soup

Matcha Latte

Matcha LatteI talked a lot about all the benefits in my last recipe post for my matcha chia pudding. I have to say, I really do find that matcha gives a really stable burst of energy for that 4 ocklock slump. I am a coffee drinker, but I try to limit myself to one cup in the morning. So for those days when I didn’t get a good nights sleep, I couldn’t resist but have another coffee in the afternoon. Now, with my new found love of matcha, I find I get a good boost of energy with lots of added health benefits. It is also delicious and super simple to make!

The proper way to make a matcha drink is with a special bamboo whisk to ensure your drink is silky smooth. I did not invest in the whisk yet as this is my first batch of matcha. However in my experience, both my vitamix and regular whisk did the job pretty well. So it definitely can be accomplished without the bamboo, but the result may not be AS good. For love froth, so I use a milk steamer- but whisking it will get you a nice amount of the bubbly stuff as well. Hope you love it! *matcha is quite expensive, but you don’t need a lot! I store mine in the freezer for extra freshness.

Ingredients

serves 1
• 1 tsp matcha powder
• 1/4 cup simmering water
• 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 2-3 drops stevia (or sweetener of your choice, maple syrup works nicely!)
• 1/2 cup coconut milk (brown rice, almond or oat milk is a great alternative too)

Directions

1. If you have a milk steamer: In a medium sized bowl whisk matcha and simmering water until you achieve a smooth consistency. Add mixture into a mug with steamed milk, vanilla and stevia. Top with cinnamon and maple flakes for extra goodness!

2. If you don’t have a milk steamer: Add your matcha to the simmering water and whisk until smooth. Add vanilla, milk and sweetener and whisk until frothy. Pour into a mug and enjoy! Top with cinnamon and maple flakes for extra goodness!
Matcha Latte

Summer Iced Tea Smoothie

Iced Tea Smoothie
During these grueling hot summer days, I know how badly we all need something refreshing to rehydrate and cool us down. When making smoothies we often opt to add in milk, yogurt or juice to get things moving in our blender and of course, to add flavour and texture. Although these add ins are nutritious and add extra protein, sometimes its nice to have a lighter option if you want to have a smoothie more for a snack then a meal replacement. By using an unsweetened tea, you get a flavourful base without any heaviness you may feel from milk or juice.

For my smoothie, I used Pure Leaf Unsweetened Lemon iced tea as the liquid, but feel free to use your favourite tea. I think a cold brewed ginger tea would be amazing as well. A reminder that if you are using all frozen fruits, you most likely will need to add more iced tea. Another great idea is to make popsicles so you have a cold treat straight from the freezer all summer long! Hope you love this recipe as much as I do.
Iced Tea Smoothie

Ingredients

• 1/2 cup unsweetened lemon iced tea
• 1 ripe frozen banana
• 1/2 cup blueberries
• 1/2 cup pineapple
• 1 tbsp almond butter

Directions

1. Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Iced Tea Smoothie 1