FUEL YOUR LIFE
1月 10, 2018
Soup is a great way to fend off the persistent chills of winter and heat you up inside. And it’s not just for eating when you’re sick with the cold or flu!
With today’s wide variety and easy-to-make recipes, you no longer have to resort to grabbing a can – like the familiar Campbell’s chicken noodle (not that there is anything wrong with that!). Enjoy healthy and delicious soups, with no preservatives or excess sodium, that you can make ahead and heat up anytime, or quickly assemble for a sure-to-satisfy lunch or dinner. And hearty versions, paired with a salad and bread, are a simple way to make a tasty meal – sometimes with leftovers!
If you’re looking for inspiration and new ideas, you’re in luck! Here, we’ve compiled some of our favorite soup recipes for winter. Bon appétit!
Minestrone Soup (Food Network, Ellie Krieger)
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 large carrot, diced
- 1/3-pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1-1/2 cups)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 28-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
- 1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 15-ounce can low-sodium kidney beans,
Staying Motivated for Winter Workouts
1月 4, 2018
Cold temperatures, grey days and limited daylight hours can make it more challenging to maintain regular workouts during the winter. Let’s face it – it’s much easier when it’s warm, sunny and inviting to throw on shorts and a T-shirt and head outside for a run, bike ride or hiking session. Exercise outdoors – or even at the gym – can seem like a bigger effort during the winter, even from just bundling up as preparation.
Winter gloom can affect your body’s rhythms, mood and behavior, from carbo-loading, hibernating at home in PJs, lethargic couch sessions and mindless game-playing on your phone. Exercise is just the antidote to this tendency toward persistent sluggishness. While it may require some extra motivation, being consistent with workouts during the dreary winter days is definitely possible. Whether you exercise at home or at the gym, here are top tips for staying motivated for winter workouts.
- Make a schedule – Pick your workout times for the week, and set them in your calendar just like any other appointment. Honor these commitments and don’t schedule other activities during these times. Block out this time for your health, and your body and mind will benefit.