Recipe of the Week: Parsnip Cream Soup

Parsnips are a food that many people shy away from because they don’t know what the heck to do with them. Parsnips are a staple for many fine-dining chefs because they’re naturally creamy and luxurious. As humble of a vegetable as they might appear, parsnips are quite versatile and dynamic.

A great way to enjoy parsnips is in this super simple creamy parsnip soup. It really hits the spot on a Spring day and it can be enjoyed cold in the summer.

Give parsnips a chance and you might just end up with a new favorite root vegetable like me!

If you’re looking to lose weight and improve your gut health it’s all about making small changes. Swapping out starchy grains and potatoes for low glycemic parsnips is just one of the things that can get you closer to your goal.

 

Ingredients

Serves 4

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 large celery ribs, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

4 large parsnips, peeled and chopped

2 teaspoons poultry seasoning

2 cups broth (chicken or vegetable) or water

sea salt and black pepper to taste

½ cup dairy-free milk of your choice

 

Directions

Place a large pot on a medium flame and add coconut oil. When the oil is hot, add the celery and onion. Sauté for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add parsnips, poultry seasoning, and broth (or water) along with sea salt and black pepper. Allow the mixture to come to a boil. Then lower the flame and simmer for 20 minutes. When the parsnips are tender, remove from heat.

You can use an immersion blender to make the soup smooth or blend it in batches using a high speed blender. When the soup is blended, add it back to the pot and add the dairy-free milk. Reheat the soup. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.

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To your wellness,

Shaline

February Recipe of the Month

I love to start each day with a positive affirmation. This is your affirmation of the month.

Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. -Rumi

Soul Food

Think for a moment of a food from your past, one that makes you feel great after you eat it for no specific reason. Maybe it is macaroni and cheese, slow-simmered tomato sauce, ice cream cones or potato pancakes. Eating comfort foods (every now and then) can be incredibly healing, even though your rational brain might not consider it highly nutritious.

Food has the power to impact us on a level deeper than just our physical well-being. What we eat can reconnect us to precious memories, like childhood playtimes, first dates, holidays, our grandmother’s cooking or our country of ancestry. Our bodies remember foods from the past on an emotional and cellular level. Eating this food connects us to our roots and has youthening and nurturing effects that go far beyond the food’s biochemical make-up.

Acknowledging what different foods mean to us is an important part of cultivating a good relationship with food. This month when we celebrate lovers and relationships, it’s important to notice that we each have a relationship with food—and that this relationship is often far from loving. Many of us restrict food, attempting to control our weight. We often abuse food, substituting it for emotional well-being. Others ignore food, swallowing it whole before we’ve even tasted it.

What would your life be like if you treated food and your body as you would treat your beloved – with gentleness, playfulness, communication, honesty, respect and love? The next time you eat your soul food, do so with awareness and without guilt, and enjoy all the healing and nourishment it brings you.

Food Focus

kidney beans

Beans, or legumes, including peas and lentils, are an excellent source of plant-based protein. Beans are found in most traditional cultures as a staple food, offering grounding and strengthening properties that enhance endurance. They offer a highly usable and absorbable source of calcium for the body. A very inexpensive source of high nutrition, beans can be rich, delicious and satisfying,

Lack of sexual energy is often due to overtaxed adrenal glands and kidneys. Beans are known for strengthening these organs (ever noticed the shape of a bean?) and can help restore vital energy as well as sexual energy.

Beans have a reputation for causing digestive distress, but this is usually because they have been under-cooked or improperly prepared. To help reduce gas-forming properties, soak beans overnight prior to cooking, increase cooking time, add spices like bay leaf, oregano or cumin, or add kombu (a sea vegetable) when cooking.

Recipe of the Month

Easy Beans and Greens

Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes Yield: 2-3 servings

Ingredients:

1 can black beans (or pinto, red, kidney—your choice) 1 bunch collard greens (or kale, spinach—your choice) your favorite toppings, such as salsa, avocado or guacamole and sour cream.

Directions:

1. In a medium saucepan, heat drained beans. Add your favorite seasonings, if desired.

2. Fill a separate medium saucepan with 1-2 inches of water and bring to a boil.

3. Wash and chop greens (you can use the stems, too) and add to boiling water.

4. Cook for 2-3 minutes until greens are bright green and tender. Drain off water.

5. On a plate, arrange a portion of the greens, top with a portion of the beans and finish with toppings of your choice. `

Have fun trying the recipe.

Shaline

 

Healthy Hemp Pudding Recipe

Bring donuts to work and suddenly your co-workers will like you a little more.

Bring hemp oil pudding to work, and what do you get? A little confusion…but at least they’re snacking healthy.

I could talk about the healthiness of hemp all day long, but I never thought I’d be making a dessert with it. It’s truly the best of both worlds; delicious cacao and all the nutritional benefits of hemp seeds. The reason I was shocked by how sweet hemp oil pudding tastes is that, generally, hemp products have a very distinct taste to them.

What do hemp seeds taste like?

Have you tried hemp seeds? Speaking from embarrassing experience, get the shelled version for when you’re on the go, otherwise, you’ll have teeny brown shells plastered to your teeth.

If you have tried hemp seeds before, then you know what I’m talking about. They taste great, similar to sunflower seeds or more like an almond butter if you have the shelled version. They have this rich, nutty flavor that’s great in protein shakes, but you probably don’t think of dessert when nibbling on them.

You’ll have a new appreciation after following this recipe.

How healthy are hemp seeds?

You can add shelled hemp seeds to just about any food to add drastic nutritional value. The first thing I like to show people interested in hemp foods is the supplement facts on the back of a bag of hemp seeds. The protein, omega-3, omega-6, vitamin, and mineral count blows all unsuspecting guests away.

Just look at the image below.

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To list just a few, this little grab bag has the following quantities in every 5 Tablespoons:

  • 18g fat
  • 15g dietary fiber
  • 13g protein
  • 50% magnesium
  • 6% calcium
  • 35% iron
  • 20% zinc

Now, let’s look at the ingredient list: organic hemp seed and sea salt. There’s just something so fulfilling about knowing you’re eating actual food, not something manufactured to…let’s face it, resemble food.

The nutritional perks of hemp seeds come right from the hemp plant, nothing artificially added.

That’s great, now how do I make hemp pudding?

Okay, let’s get virtual cooking!

This is what you’ll need:

  • 2/3 cup of pitted dates
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2/3 cup of ice
  • 1 cup of hemp seeds (we recommend shelled seeds)
  • 1/8 cup of cacao powder
  • A pinch of vanilla bean powder
  • Optionally, you can add some berries of your choice to throw on top when you’re done.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Add dates, water, and ice into a blender
  • Blend until you have a paste
  • Add the hemp seeds, cacao powder, and vanilla bean powder
  • Blend until it looks creamy
  • Eat it (oh, and add some berries on top if you so choose)

If you try this recipe, let us know what you think!

Personally, when I’m feeling sick the only thing I can tolerate is soft foods like yogurt and…mashed potatoes. I’ve been fortunate enough that my immune system has been on it’s A-game this past year, but I think this recipe will be great when sick (and stubborn with food) to get some much-needed nutrition.

Enjoy!
This article originally appeared on MadeByHemp.com

I was nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award

How cool is it to be nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award! I was so surprised that I was nominated.  Much gratitude to michelleonyourside to nominate me. As I read the nomination I realized how much time and effort was put into it. I really appreciate the time michelleonyourside puts into her blog. If you have a few minutes please stop by and enjoy! She helps you make sense out of healthcare.

The Rules

-Thanks to the blogger that nominated you.
-Write a post to show your award.
-Give a brief story of how your blog started.
-Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
-Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
-Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

My Why

I was a business analyst at a major aerospace corporation several years ago, then a stay-at-home mom for over 14 years.  When I got divorced, I worked temporary jobs then landed an Assistant Property Manager position. When I was laid off,  I had time to reflect.  I also had digestive issues (acid reflux).  I took several medications; however, none of them helped my reflux.  I looked into taking a holistic approach.  That is when I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I learned about several dietary theories and applied some of them to my life. After graduating from IIN, I became a Certified Holistic Health Coach. I created my blog to share with others what I learned and my goal is that the content on my blog would help others and make a difference in their lives.

My Advise to the New Blogger

First, blog about what you love. When you blog about what you love, your content will come more easily.

Second, I learned that when you first began blogging, it is important to be consistent.  When I first started my blog, I was very inconsistent and life got in the way.  There were periods of time that I didn’t have time to blog.  Earlier this year, I took a stand, and decided to commit to blogging at least once a week.  However, I found that I wasn’t getting any followers.  So, I started blogging every day. It takes time to get started, so be patient and have fun.

Blogger Recognition Nominations

Forever Green Mom – Kim is one of my all-time favorite bloggers.  I’ve followed her blog for years and I met her before Facebook was big.  We were both members of the same Yahoo group. Her blog covers health/wellness, going green, home/garden, recipes, and family.

The Wacky Spoon – I love receiving her emails. Her blog is about fresh and flavorful meals made at home.  She embraces the farm-to-table movement.  She shares her passion with all of us.

Leslie Nichole – Leslie has a lifestyle blog where she shares self care, recipes, and lifestyle tips.

Ellen Travelling Kitchen – Ellen Travelling Kitchen is a travel and food blog.  She has awesome recipes on the blog.

Little Vintage Nest – This is one of my favorite blogs. I love her posts about home decor.

Spiritual Life Designs – Life Coach Dawn Brierley’s blog is about inspiring others to design a life their way.

Natalia Nowell – Natalia is a just a gal on a mission to living her best life by helping others with posts about handling stress, self-improvement, and self-care.

Ladies Make Money – They help guide ladies on how to monetize their blog, suggestions on how to make money, and they have other monetary tips.

All the Frugal Ladies – This blog has a ton of resourceful information ranging from tips on living a frugal lifestyle to tips on finance, business, career, and education.

I Love Vegan – This blog is your go-to for vegan recipes.

Passionately Raw –  If you’re a raw foodie, you will love this blog.  It is all about raw…juicing, detoxing, etc.

Heart of a Baker – I love this vegan and travel blog.  She has tons of yummy vegan recipes and tips for eating vegan while traveling!

My Sweet Keto – My Sweet Keto was started by a couple. Their blog has useful information on living a keto lifestyle: nutrition, fitness, and wellbeing. And they share keto and low-carb desserts!

Notamodel – This is one of the most popular lifestyle blogs. Love Marina’s blog! Your go-to for fashion tips! You don’t need to be a model to look good! She also has tips for starting your own blog that gets attention.

Over 50 Feeling 40 – Fashion tips for women over 50 feeling fabulous!

Thanks again Michelle!

Have a great day!

Shaline