Post Holiday Hearty Soup for the Soul

posted Dec 16, 2011, 1:22 PM by ItIsTheFOOD Janie Heinrich   [ updated Dec 16, 2011, 1:23 PM ]
The Perfect Post-Thanksgiving Meal: Carrot Ginger Soup

Posted on November 27, 2011 by Lauren Caster

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, making another big dinner is probably the last thing on your mind! We’ve got several quick, easy, and deliciously healthy soup and salad recipes on our list of 101 Healthy Holiday Recipes that are perfect for post-Thanksgiving meals! This recipe for Carrot Ginger Soup from Eat, Live, Run is one of our favorites.

Carrot Ginger SoupCarrot Ginger Soup from Eat, Live, Run

Prep: 30 minutes

Serves: 2 generously

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb. carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 T minced fresh ginger
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. coriander
  • 1 T olive oil
  • Thinly sliced green onions for topping

Directions: 

  1. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the minced shallot and sauté until tender, about five minutes. Add the ginger and sauté for another three-four minutes.
  2. Add the chopped carrots, broth, coriander and salt and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes until carrots are tender. Carefully transfer to a blender and puree. Serve with thinly sliced green onions on top.

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  What Are You Grateful For?

Posted on November 23, 2011 by Integrative Nutrition

thanksgiving and gratitudeIf you’re like the millions of American traveling today to family or friends, you might be stuck in traffic, delayed at the airport, or cramped on a crowded train. Even if you’re lucky enough to be at home on the busiest travel day of the year, preparing for house guests and standing in line for last-minute ingredients at the grocery store can be trying.

If you find yourself getting stressed out today, pause for a moment. Remember what Thanksgiving is all about: literally, giving thanks. Days like today give us all the opportunity to notice and appreciate what we have. A loving partner to sit in traffic with, a family to travel to, the money to buy a plane ticket, a healthy body to digest turkey and mashed potatoes … at the end of the day, these are things that matter.

Shifting your focus from the negative to the positive won’t only put you in a better mood. As it turns out, maintaining an attitude of gratitude can have incredible impact on your health. Research shows that people who regularly express gratitude have a healthier heart, are likely to live longer, exercise more, sleep better, feel less depressed, and enjoy happier marriages. Thanksgiving is a reminder that for our health and happiness, gratitude matters every day.

Making gratitude a part of your daily life requires a definite shift in your worldview, but like so many other behaviors, it can be practiced and learned. Exactly one year ago, Integrative Nutrition founder Joshua Rosenthal shared some insightful tips on how to start a daily gratitude practice. Slow down, visualize a person or place you love, keep a gratitude journal (there’s an app for that!) – it all adds up and can profoundly change your life.

What are you grateful for?

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