I love tomato soup and of course I love Ina Garten's version where you slow roast the tomatoes and blend them together with heavy cream. Yes.
But, on a Sunday night when I didn't have time to go to the store and we need soup NOW, and we need soup that has some nutritional density to it as well, this is my go to.
1 jar or organic marinara
(with no funky oils like soy or canola or sugar added) I love Thrive Market's Marinara and Costco's Kirkland Marinara too
1 small box of chicken bone broth (2 cups)
1/2 to 1 can or white beans (cannelini beans)
In a blender, blend together marinara, 1 cup of chicken broth, and beans. Pour that mixture into a soup pot to warm. If it needs more liquid, add more broth until it's the consistency you'd like. The end.
Serve with toasted real, whole grain, sourdough bread.
Jenny is a Holistic Nutritionist known for her Busy is Bullsh*t approach to health, where she shows how bite-sized shifts...
When I say fiber, what do you think of?
You definitely thought of poop.
Especially if you’re of the generation that spent any quality time on the floor watching The Price Is Right. We saw our fair share of Metamucil commercials, and that poor mom was right, she wasn’t getting enough fiber (like 95% of us) and there is nothing fun about being clogged up. Nothing.
The average American gets 57.9% of their daily calories from “ultra-processed foods,” which are made from refined ingredients that are low in natural fiber. When your diet is almost 60% processed foods, your body can’t properly digest and eliminate everything.
So, if you feel bloated, uncomfortable, sluggish and tired, you probably need more fiber. A lot more fiber.
If it feels like we can’t stop talking about the importance of pooping, well, sorry. But ideally, you want to be...
Are you more likely to Postmates your favorite chopped salad, or throw together a lame salad and then Postmates a burger 30 minutes later? Maybe you’re thinking that a healthy, homemade salad can only give you drool-worthy satisfaction if it has bacon and blue cheese on it. But I’m here to tell you, you don’t need it. I can feel your eye roll, but just hear me out.
Your salad is basic. It’s basic and bland because you’re buying some basic-ass romaine and out of season tomatoes you’ve been grabbing since your health kick sophomore year in college.
You won’t chop your vegetables. It’s a chore to finely chop several different vegetables and you know your knife skills don’t come close to that famous chopped salad you get with your lady friends.
Your dressing is no good. It’s a store bought, poor quality oil, sugar...
What if I told you I was coming over in 5 minutes to take photos of your pantry and fridge? Are you beaming with pride of your Pinterest worthy kitchen or are you embarrassed because you know that Marie Kondo would love to tear it down to the studs?
As a cooking coach (yes, that’s a thing), I’ve looked into plenty of pantries and most of the kitchens have the same, common issues: a chaotic mess of expired items, overstocked shelves, and an excess of everything.
I detoxed and restocked my kitchen over a decade ago, and it helped change the way I cook and eat. It’s not an overstatement to say that an incredibly organized kitchen can change your health; when you actually enjoy using your kitchen (and can see where things are), you’re more inspired to cook and more likely to use every ingredient in your line-of-sight. With decanting, we can dramatically change not just the way our kitchens look and feel, but also change our lives....
Making and packing the lunchbox. This chore is on the top of most parent’s hate list. That everyday task that’s cutting into your precious (hot) coffee drinking time, with the looming pressure that this lunchbox has to hit all the “supermom” marks. And by marks I mean, it has to be in cute shapes and cut outs that get them excited to eat, packed in a sustainable container, include a vegetable or two, be nut free, maybe even dairy free, oh and foods your kid might actually eat while sitting through a highly distracted, 20 minute lunch rush. It’s amazing they get any food down without choking, to be honest. So I hacked it:
I. Make. Them. Pack. Their. Own. Lunchboxes.
Look, I don’t know your kid’s age, but most of us underestimate what our kids can actually do, and handle, in the kitchen. I’ve been teaching kids about food and cooking for almost 10...
In this moment in time, we are extremely lucky if we’re able to find specific produce in our stores or via online ordering. But if you can find mushrooms, get them. Mushrooms have medicinal roots going back thousands of years in Eastern medicine.
Mushrooms are bursting with fiber, vitamins, and help protect the body from free radicals, and are rich in the antioxidant, selenium.
There are more than 2000 kinds of edible mushrooms on the planet (though many are poisonous so only purchase at a store), many with minerals our bodies require, like B vitamins, folate, magnesium, and vitamin D. And even your run-of-the-mill, regular mushroom is supremely good for you.
Remember 1992? Baby Got Back and I’m Too Sexy were at the top of the music charts, flannel shirts and black legging were closet staples, and eating so many bagels?
Bagels with cream cheese, bagel sandwiches, bagel bites, bagel chips. God, bagels are good.
In the 90’s, the world was a wonderful place where muffins (aka cupcakes) were a nutritious breakfast and fro-yo was a totally acceptable lunch. In 1992, The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Guide Pyramid had carbohydrates, particularly refined carbohydrates like breads, pasta, rice, and cereals, as the most important part of our daily diet. We were instructed to eat 6 to 11 servings A. DAY. Insane, right?
It’s also important to note that plenty of reports say gluten is perfectly healthy for those of without a clear allergy or intolerance. And then there are people with actual Celiac disease, who HAVE to go gluten-free to, ya know, absorb nutrients from their food....
I know. Making homemade granola feels like something only Martha Stewart and insane people do.
But here we are.
I set out to make the most delicious, least-stirry, homemade granola recipe on earth, made with only pantry ingredients. And friends? I succeeded. Let’s go.
2 cups of rolled oats (or substitute 1 cup of oats for 1 cup of crisp brown rice)
2 cups of chopped nuts and seeds (Any combo of walnuts, almonds, pecans, macadamias, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, etc.
1 cup of dried unsweetened coconut (I like this because it adds sweetness without adding sugar) If you don’t like coconut then just replace with more oats or more nuts/seeds
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon (it’s not in the optional category BECAUSE, cinnamon can help balance and keep your blood sugar from spiking)
¼- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup or honey*
Unless you’re someone who takes All Day Sunday To Meal Prep, figuring out what to make for dinner on a Wednesday is one of the most soul-crushing decisions a human being (cough, woman) can make.
We are tired. We are juggling 19 thousand emails and children and tasks and deadlines. We have approximately .003 seconds in the day to really consider what we want to eat, what’s good for us, what the people in our life will actually consume, and yet, paradoxically, we are drowning in options.
So, dear reader, I’ve hacked it.
My solution? Theme nights. I’ll say it again, this time in all caps. THEME NIGHTS! I even added an exclamation point for emphasis. So here’s the deal. By assigning dinner themes to nights of the week, it means that you never have to wonder what in the hell you’re making for dinner ever again. Because it will already be decided for you. By taking 5 minutes now to organize your weeknight themes, you can change...
Acai, Goji, Maca, Spirulina, Moringa, Camu Camu…the list keeps growing of foods we’ve never heard of that we’re told we must eat to be healthy. Where did these come from? Are these foods actually super? Do they have superpowers to reduce my crow’s feet, because I’ll Amazon subscription that shit. right. now.
These superfoods are trending big time and not just on Twitter. Every juice bar and froyo joint has acai plastered all over its menu. But what makes superfoods worthy of the SUPER title? Health experts define superfoods as a food that is highly nutrient dense. Meaning, these food provides a substantial amount of nutrients in very few calories. Example, you’d have to eat like ten oranges to get the amount of vitamin C in one teaspoon of camu camu powder. So, it’s superpowered, sure.
But superfoods are also foods rich in compounds like antioxidants, fiber, fatty acids, all beneficial to a person’s health.