Hello everyone! Hope everyone is doing awesome!
I just got into running. It has actually only been a week. I am heading into student life where it can be busy and expensive to get a gym or yoga membership. I love yoga and I try to go here and there because it makes me feel wonderful, but it can get expensive, especially when you are on a budget. I decided to take up running and exercising more at home. I would like to try and do yoga once every one or two weeks though.
Running has been quite frustrating. The first day was brutal. I could barely run more than a minute at a time. I was out of breath and tired. I did what I could. The next day was a bit easier, but it is still not what I wanted. I know it is going to take time for me to be able to run for long distances at a time. I just wish it could happen sooner. Yesterday was great; I ran further and felt less tired. It felt really good. I know I just need to keep going! The first few days my legs and butt hurt a lot. It showed I was out of shape but it also showed that it was working. I used to love that burn the next day after a good work out; the ones where you have trouble walking down the stairs. I have been making sure to stretch! I am not a fitness or nutrition expert (yet), but I am doing what I can to get in shape and to be healthy within my budget!
I would also really love to run my first marathon next fall. That is my goal. I thought about doing one this spring but that might be too soon. I don’t want to hurt myself. If I can keep up it I think I will be ready to run one in the fall. I am so excited. I have a lot of friends who have ran in one before. It sounds like an amazing experience!
The weather in Vancouver has been pretty good. Yes it rains a lot, but it has not been very cold. I miss the snow in Ontario sometimes, but then I think of how I am not freezing my butt off every day. I grew up snowmobiling, ice fishing and even camping in the winter. I do appreciate it. However, it is beautiful out here. Yes I am bragging to those of you who are still in the cold.
Yesterday I made a mushroom soup. I had all these mushrooms in my fridge (I bought too many or forget I already had some) and decided to make a soup. Soups are so easy to make with very little ingredients. I think it is one of the best ways to clean out your fridge. I love making soups especially in the winter when it is cold. Split pea is one of my favourites as well as butternut squash.
In this recipe I did not use any cream, only a little almond milk. Real cream or milk does not make my belly very happy. I used to love cream soups but not how they made me feel. This recipe ended up being really smooth and delicious. I used what I already had at home instead of making a trip to the store.
Salt and Pepper to taste
- Sautee the onions for 2 minutes in ½ tbsp organic butter before adding the garlic and ¾ of the mushrooms to the pot.
- Once nearly cooked add your vegetable stock. Make sure mixture is covered in the stock. You may have to add more liquid as it simmers.
- Simmer on low heat for 45 minutes. Add the milk and simmer for another 15 minutes.
- Blend soup with hand blender until you reach the consistency you want. I like mine a little chunky still.
- Sautee the mushrooms that were left over in a little butter or coconut oil and add to the soup.
- Season to taste and serve.
- To get a little creaminess add a dollop of yogurt to your bowl of soup.
I love this recipe because blending the soup makes it nice and smooth and having the chunks of mushrooms gives it a good texture. I love mushrooms. Soups are so easy to make. You can do so many combinations too. I have a butternut squash in my fridge that will most likely end up going in a soup!
I hope everyone is surviving the winter and keeping warm with comforting and healthy food. I am definitely looking forward to summer. It will be my first summer in Vancouver and I am so excited to go to the beach and have some fun! I know it is only February, but the winter is passing by quick (I think).
Have a wonderful day and I am looking forward to sharing my next recipe with you! If anyone has any awesome recipes I should try please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if they are not that healthy I can make some tweaks! I would love to try some great recipes from you and post them!