Had a super cold and snowy weekend perfect for staying in, making soup and watching football.  Trying new recipes and making a few of my own is both satisfying and fun.  Learning from various recipe developers has been fun too.  As last week’s muffin recipe, this week’s soup and muffins are from @kalejunkie.  They are both simple and delicious.  I modified each recipe just a bit as I share below.

This week I also make my immune shot – it’s been a while since I made it and altered it a bit from my standard.  Especially in the colder months, I take a quick shot of it each morning – certainly not approved by the FDA but full of ingredients that are good for me and allow me to take more step in trying to keep myself healthy.

When you have the opportunity to give something new a try…go for it.  What’s the worse that will happen?  Doesn’t work, doesn’t look like the photo you saw (happens all the time) or maybe the taste isn’t what you thought it would be.  To all that I say…so what?  You learned more about food, you tried something new and now you can try it differently or try something else. Small steps are all you need.

Remember, your health and well-being should be at the very top of your weekly and daily to-do list. Without that, the rest of your list is at risk.  You do not need grand actions, but moments each day be it what you eat, what you read, listen to, move your body or just a moment to sit with yourself.

This week’s menu:

Multi-Mix Creamy Smoothie:  This smoothie turned out so well.  It is creamy, light and full of good for me ingredients.  My base is there – greens – used spinach, kale and collard greens.  Learning more about the various greens that are available and their nutritional value.  Collard greens are packed with goodness including fiber, vitamin K, and so much more.  See the two articles here for more information.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/277957  and  https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-collard-greens#

To my base of greens, I added my psyllium husks and chia seeds and a scoop of collagen powder.  Then, I added soy milk (going to try oat milk next week) and blended.  Then I added fresh ginger, a heaping teaspoon of ground turmeric (my store did not have any fresh), and a dash of cinnamon.  To that, I added fresh blueberries, fresh pineapple (I like it as it adds sweetness and is a good anti-inflammatory). Finally, I added frozen bananas and a dash of frozen mix berries – blueberries, black raspberries and strawberries).  Blended all that together and poured into mason jars.  Topped with some chopped almonds and a few more fresh blueberries.  Very tasty.

Comforting Italian Wedding Soup:  Nothing better than a hot bowl of yummy soup when it is cold outside.  This soup is indeed comforting, tasty and fits my Simply Yum requirements.  The full recipe is at the link above – for me I made a few adjustments.  I added a few more cloves of garlic, used collard greens instead of spinach and instead of ground beef, I used very lean organic turkey meat for the meatballs.  I also baked the meatballs for about 20 minutes before adding them to the soup.  Finally, while the soup simmered, I added several large pieces of ginger – I removed the ginger before serving the soup.  I like the added bit of zing it gives it.  The ingredients are good, good for me, not hard to prep and all together, made for a soup I will be looking forward to enjoying each day.

Healthy Morning Glory Muffins:  These muffins are packed with good ingredients, including carrots, apple, walnuts, banana and oats.  This made 16 full size muffins for me, and they are really good.  I did bake them about 13 minutes longer than called for, likely due to my oven, but they came out clean, and fully baked.  A great quick and healthy snack or a treat to go with that morning coffee.

Immune Shot:  I have long made this little concoction to make me feel better and try to help avoid colds and my annual sinus infection.  All the sanitizing and mask wearing has kept me from getting sick and while I am grateful for that, I decided this week to make it again with a few variants.  The base of this is fresh garlic, ginger and turmeric.  Unfortunately, my grocery store had no fresh turmeric this week, so I used ground.  I usually add a bit of fresh squeezed orange juice, this week I used the juice of two oranges.   To that I added some fresh pineapple and I have to say, the flavor is far more palatable than my old recipe.  I must restate, this is something I do for me, no medical science behind it.  I believe strongly in the value of fresh garlic in helping damp down colds with its natural antiviral components.  I also know turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory and fresh pineapple adds to that.

Water:  You know I am always asking you to continue to hydrate each day.  This is not just a summertime activity – your body needs hydration every day.  The first thing I do each morning…even before coffee – which for me is saying something, I have a big glass of my fruit water and I drink it throughout the day.  Working at home makes that process easier.

This batch has my standard fresh lemon and lime, chunks of fresh ginger, and slices of grapefruit.  I tossed in a few left-over prices of pineapple as well.  It looks pretty and it makes the water far more enjoyable.

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