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Fresh salads and smoothies are perfect to lose weight and stay healthy, and it’s really easy to do it during summer. But let’s face it. Once the weather gets colder, we crave comfort foods, and suddenly we don’t care about our looks or health anymore. Who cares about that muffin top? It’s sweater weather anyway. Nobody will see it. And who wants to get thinner when you can have more dinner?

However, the year is coming to an end and even though all you want to do is eat a whole bunch of gingerbread and drink a ton of hot chocolate, you might consider thinking about your health. All that sugar can’t be good, and your body knows it. You just end up feeling sick and tired. That’s why you should give these 3 healthy recipes a try. They are hearty, warm and cozy. They’ll also help you maintain that physique that you want to show off at the New Year’s Eve Party!


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  • Tomato & Basil 

Ingredients:

× 1 medium-sized onion
× 2 cups fresh tomatoes (chopped)
× ½ cup canned tomatoes (diced)
× 1/3 cup celery (chopped; I used celery root)
× ¼ cup parsley root (chopped)
× ¼ cup red bell pepper (optional)
× 3-4 gloves garlic (minced)
× 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
× 1 tbsp tomato paste (optional)
× basil (fresh or dried; both will work)
× oregano (optional)
× salt, pepper

 

Directions:

Sautée onion, garlic, celery, parsley root and bell pepper in olive oil for about 5-7 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to medium-low and let it simmer until all the veggies are thoroughly cooked. Use a blender to make your creamy soup. Enjoy with a dollop of greek yogurt on top.


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  • Broccoli & Cheese

Ingredients:

× ½ onion (chopped)
× 2 cups broccoli florets
× ½ cup peas
× ¼ cup celery (chopped)
× ½ cup cheese (I used Jarlsberg ‘cuz that’s what I had on hand, but you can use any kind of cheese you like)
× 1-2 cloves garlic (minced)
× 1 tbsp coconut oil
× a splash of almond milk or greek yogurt (optional)
× chicken/vegetable stock (just enough to cover the veggies)
× salt, pepper

 

Directions:

Sautée onion, garlic, and celery in coconut oil until they become soft. Add the broccoli florets, peas and chicken/vegetable stock. Turn the heat down to medium-low and let it simmer until all the veggies are completely cooked. Add cheese and mix until it’s melted, You can add some milk or greek yogurt to make the soup even more creamy. Use a blender to mash the veggies. Serve with croutons!


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  • Sweet Potato & Seeds

This recipe was a huge success because my sister HATES sweet potatoes, but she fell in love with this recipe! She asked me to make some more haha!

Ingredients:

× ½ onion (chopped)
× 1 ½ cup sweet potatoes (peeled and diced)
× ¼ cup celery (chopped; I used celery root)
× 2 tsp cumin seeds
× 1 tsp thyme (dried)
× chicken/vegetable stock (just enough to cover the veggies)
× 1 tbsp coconut oil
× salt, pepper
× mixed seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, flaxseed, etc.)

Directions:

Sautée onion and celery root in coconut oil until soft. Add the sweet potatoes and chicken/vegetable stock. Turn the heat down to medium-low and let it simmer until all the veggies are thoroughly cooked. Add cumin seeds and thyme and mix well. Use a blender to mash the vegetables. Serve with mixed seeds on top!

#lunch


 

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