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The Soup Exchange

One of the things I love most about the holidays is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. In the past I would always host events like cookie exchanges, wine and cheese nights, or some other variation of a sweet treat party. But this year with so many events, school programs, and last minute to-do’s, I decided to switch it up and host a Soup Exchange.

The Soup Exchange idea came to me after a friend sent me a little nutrition reminder on the importance of warming foods this time of the year. Often I hear from clients and friends that they struggle with cravings and lack of energy this time of year. There are many things that can contribute to this, and what we eat is a major player. This time of year our body needs foods that are warm, comforting, and easy on our digestive system. Things like smoothies, cold salads or even cold pressed juice can be too hard on our digestive system leaving us feeling tired, cold, and cravings foods that warm our bodies up.

So, this year I decided to get a couple friends together, make a few soups and do a soup exchange to not only support my warm eating but also to add variety to my weekly meals.

All you need to do is invite a few friends over. Each person brings 1 type of soup, packages for each person attending. If you have 5 friends, you all end up going home with 5 different soups! How good is that?

This is also a great way to prep meals together and support one another in making healthier decisions when it comes to our meals. It’s so much easier to stay on track when your meals are already prepped and you’re not trying to figure our what to make last minue!

I made my soup servings for up to 6 people, this way my friends could feed their family or use it for a couple lunches/dinners that week.

This is currently one of my FAVOURITE soups from Natalieshealth.com!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 large carrots peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup celeriac root peeled and cubed
  • 4 ½ cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 inch (2.5cm) fresh ginger root peeled and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • a pinch of himalayan salt
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or soup pot over medium heat. Add chopped onion and garlic, and cook 3-4 minutes, stirring often until onion is translucent.
  2. Add carrots and celeriac root. Sprinkle with pinch of salt. Cook, stirring often, for 1 minute. Don’t let the carrots or onion brown.
  3. Pour in vegetable broth. Bring to a boil. Add ginger, cover and cook for at least 20 minutes, or until carrots and celeriac are tender.
  4. Remove from the heat. Puree in blender until very smooth. Return the soup to the saucepan and stir in turmeric, cumin and cayenne pepper. Add more salt to taste. Pour the soup into bowls and serve.
  5. Garnish with cumin and/or parsley.

Recipe Notes

Keep refrigerated up to 3 days. Can be frozen up to 3 months.

Serve with a Matchsticks delicious fermented sourdough on the side

Enjoy~~*

Share this post on your social media and tag me! I would love to see your soup exchange!

Photography By: Megan Bustard

In Goop Health

It’s 8:30 am and we are welcomed at the media tent with Mala beads, which based on their color, instructed us what group we will be in for the very first Goop Summit in Vancouver, BC Canada!

Our morning begins with an amazing cold pressed juice from Glory Juice Co, Chia fruit cups, and a delicious assortment of toast options. We move into a brief time of meditation and some body movement to clear our minds and prep our bodies for the day ahead. I couldn’t help but think during the first couple moments “Why do I not start every day like this…and I wonder if Gwyneth moves like this every morning?”

We then head into a series of workshops, speakers and snacks, that absolutely feeds my obsession for healthy treats and trying new things.

Our second workshop was a facial experience, unlike anything I’ve experienced before, with Anastasia Achilleos

This bold, energetic, and extremely informative British woman instantly became one of my new favorite people. I realized in these short 30 minutes together that I had never had someone properly teach me to wash my face, apply face cream, or massage the tension that finds its way into every square each of my facial structure. I was completely in love with her and then it turned into a mild obsession when she personally offered to massage my jaw line! Ladies, that experience alone would have been worth the $400 ticket. The rules, tools, and tricks we learned in that session were game changing.

With my skin glowing, I got to experience both the freedom and adrenaline that comes from being makeup-free in a room of 200 woman with cameras flashing. Side note it was also hilarious that Miss Achilleos, made all of us remove our perfectly done makeup so early in the day. Some handled it better than others J

Next I decided to head over to the Fig Facial station to have them stick a vitamin B12 shot in my butt. For some reason, I thought it wouldn’t hurt. I was very WRONG! I ended up feeling amazing post shot though! Maybe placebo? Maybe not? Either way, I love the Fig Facial team!

Next, we continued our Goop Wellness journey to the lululemon yoga tent with Cara Ross.

Although I had never taken class with Cara, I instantly liked her.

She not only read the room well, but she also made a room filled with people from all levels feel like they were playing on the same team and gently/playfully encouraged us to let go of our ego and have a good time. If you have not taken a class with Cara, I strongly encourage it. She is a local Vancouver girl and you will not be disappointed whatever level you are at.

After being stopped by Goop protestors and having hot dog water shoved in our faces, (if you missed my Insta story…it was nasty) we headed to the digestive panel discussion with some of the most incredible leaders in the wellness community and although I felt there were some helpful tips and good insight on the topic, I was hoping for a little more of an in-depth discussion. With a panel of three amazing and intelligent nutritional leaders, tI was hoping they would have dove deeper into things like digestive health, what diets are right for certain people, game changing research, hormonal health, adrenal support, sleep, and proper use of supplements.But there is always next time;)

I ended my day with buying some expensive perfume that won’t cause headaches, which I wear almost every day. I also left with an incredible swag bag full of some of my favorite products! I would 100% recommend, if you have the opportunity, to attend a Goop event. There is something truly incredible about being in a room with the game-changers in the health industry.

Goop,

I left feeling refreshed, inspired and glowing.

Thank you for the opportunity to experience this!

 

Special Thanks to Megan Bustard for capturing these images and being the perfect person to experience this day with:)