Sweet Potato Soup


Sweet Potato Soup, another yummy one that the whole family loves. I got the recipe out of the February 2017 Southern Living magazine but there were definitely some errors in the print so I’m getting partial credit for this one.

INGREDIENTS:

– 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil

– 2 cups chopped Yellow Onion

– 1 cup chopped Carrots

– 1 Tbsp. chopped Garlic

– 3 lbs. Sweet Potatoes, peeled & cut into 1/2″ cubes

– 2 lbs. Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled & cut into 1/2″ cubes

– 1-1/2 tsp. Salt

– 1 tsp. Black Pepper

– 1 tsp. Ground Cumin

– 1/4 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

– 1/8 tsp. Cayenne Pepper

– 7 cups Chicken Stock

*NOTE* I used my Dutch Oven to make this but any large pot will do just fine.👌🏼

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Chop everything first (Always. It makes this whole process a hellova lot easier!) I also measured out all my spices and put them in a small bowl so they’re ready to go as well.
  2. Heat oil in a large Dutch Oven or pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrots and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add sweet potatoes, Yukon potatoes, salt, black pepper, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne pepper and cook for another minute, stirring.
  3. Add chicken stock, bring to a boil. Then, reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  4. Strain potatoes BUT, save your stock so put a large bowl under your colander when you strain.
  5. Transfer your potato mixture back into the pot if using an Immersion Blender or put small portions into a blender at a time; blend your potato mixture until smooth. Slowly add the chicken stock to your potato mixture until you reach your desired consistency.
  6. If you’d like, top your Sweet Potato Soup with toasted chopped pecans and plain yogurt. If you’re like me, eat as is because you don’t need all that fancy shit!

ENJOY!

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October Goal Setting

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Have you set your October goals yet?
Some of you may not be monthly goal setters but if you’re having a hard time along your fitness journey, it may be a good idea to start.
Setting realistic, attainable goals each month or even each week is an instant motivator. And when you hit those goals, WATCH OUT NOW! You become even more motivated to continue forward with new goals for a new week or month and crush those too.
Your goals don’t need to be crazy and you certainly don’t want them to make you want to quit before you even start.
Here are some examples of smart goals…
1. I will workout 5 days a week this month.
2. I will not have cheat DAYS, only 2 cheat MEALS a week.
3. I will drink at least 40oz of water each day.
4. I will have more self love.
Here are some examples of goals that may be too intimidating and cause you to quit…
1. I will workout 2 times a day, every single day, this month. NO REST DAYS!
2. I’ll juice 4 days a week, each week, this month.
3. NO CARBS!
Come on now, don’t torture yourself. Health and fitness doesn’t have to be miserable. Really, it’s true! If you’re having trouble getting started on your journey or if you’ve found yourself stuck, please message me. I would LOVE to help you.
 
HAPPY OCTOBER!

Cheat Meal or Cheat Day?

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Cheat Meal or Cheat Day?

I could easily turn this question into a scientific equation filled with decimals, fractions and X, Y and Z’s to the 10th power, but it’s early and we don’t need all of that.

Honestly, when I hear people announce “It’s my CHEAT DAY” on social media, I kind of cringe; only because I know from experience that a lot of hard work can be undone in a cheat day.

It’s not difficult to understand that a cheat MEAL once a week will produce better results at the end of the week than if you had a cheat DAY each week. But unless I know how many calories you’re expending each day/week, and how many you’re consuming each day/week and on your cheat day, I really can’t say for sure how much damage you’re doing.

If you’re a die-hard fitness and nutrition junkie or if you’re competing in an upcoming show, of course a cheat meal will hinder your progress. If you’re on a journey to a healthy lifestyle and you don’t have any specific goals to hit, a cheat day will slow your progress but it’s not the end of the world.

Bottom line, each person, goal and situation is different. Do what works best for your specifics but if you consume 6,000 calories on your cheat day and you’re pissed about only losing 1/2 pound that week, it’s time to take a closer look at your nutrition.