Chilly Day Soup (Healthy)

Chickpea Soup (LEAN)It is my ongoing quest to find and make delicious recipes that not only taste great but are great for the body. I also aim at doing so in the easiest way possible. Who needs to complicate things any more than necessary? I need to feed the kids, a lean machine of a hubby and myself who doesn’t bust her butt at the gym to let it all go at dinner!

I love this soup because its delicious, and oh so easy to make! It warms up well the next day and is super filling! A thing lacking from a lot of soups. My kids love it with the parmesan, and I can eat it either way. Just a little sprinkle of cheese is all thats needed. For the kids I sometimes warm some bread for dipping, its a solid meal that I feel good about serving. Pair with a salad for lean eating, and you are on your way!

Enjoy

30 oz can of chickpeas

4 cups of chicken stock

1 clove garlic, sliced

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion, small dice

1 rib celery, thin slice

a small can of diced tomatoes (i like to use a 398ml fire roasted diced tomatoes)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

sprinkle grated parmesan cheese (optional)

1. Place the chickpeas, chicken broth and garlic in a pot on the stove. Bring to a boil, reduce to low, and continue cooking for 20-30 minutes. Stir once in a while.

2.  In the meantime, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the celery and the onion and cook for 5 minutes or until soft. Next add the can of tomatoes with juices and the salt, and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes.

3.  Add the chopped parsley and the vegetable mixture into the soup. Cook for another 10-15 minutes to blend the flavours. Serve with a little parmesan cheese (if using).

Yum, yum!

A Peak? A High Point In Between Two Low Points!

cartoon_girl_with_laptop1When you really work your butt off you eventually hit a high point for yourself, a peak so to speak. Amazing, great job, lets celebrate your accomplishments and then lets prepare mentally for the settling into the maintenance phase. A step very often forgotten. I was recently a victim! Someone get a tissue…

The maintenance phase is where you should experience balance. Do not define balance as something stagnant, view it as the constant movement and adjustment to your life, harmoniously, dynamically. It takes a shift in thinking to set yourself on this page.

Being too rigid or too extreme will lead you to imbalance. It is at this point that you need to decide what your baseline will be, and what works for you physically and mentally. Baseline meaning the minimum work you will put in regularly for the results that you can live and be happy with.

For me, seeing less definition in my abs made my internal state tense, almost panic. What did that mean? Was I getting out of shape? All that hard work, and now it’s slipping away? Pretty dramatic right? Obsessive and not healthy right? Well, the truth will set you free.

A very small percentage of people can stay in their top physically shape all year round. So the rest of us need to understand these phases, accept them and manage them to coincide with vacations and any events requiring beach ware! Maintenance has a reputation for sounding easy but in reality it is progress and growth in  a different suit (pardon the pun).

Here’s to keeping both the mind and body healthy!