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Sup, Sup, Soup?!

I have a confession to make. I have a love affair with soups. They are so comforting, warming, and filling, especially on colder days! I prepped a soup on Sunday to have for my Monday soup post. It is a very green soup, packed with protein and healthy kale. It is part of the detox I am doing and I got the recipe from Rocco Dispirito’s cookbook, The Negative Calorie Diet. Here’s a link to check it out.

The soup is called “Caldo Verde” or Mixed Leafy Greens with Chickpeas. Caldo verde is a traditional soup from Portugal. It means “green broth,” which I’m sure you are able to see how green it is from the picture! Rocco calls this his “hot smoothie.” I like that name! I’ve been doing hot smoothies, aka, soups, for the past couple months since my morning smoothies were too cold for me to drink with this cooler weather.

Every Monday, during the winter months, I try to post a new soup idea or recipe. Stay tuned for more! Also, comment if you have tried this soup before or are going to!

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This week I have been doing a detox with a group on Facebook. It is a bit different than ones I’ve done in the past. I guess by different, I mean, I’ve done cleanses with mostly food. This one is whole, clean foods, combined with supplements, herbs, and detox baths. One of the new things I’m trying out with this detox is bentonite clay. I know I’m probably late on this band-wagon, but I just hadn’t thought about using it before now. I have heard and read a lot about this clay in the past. Monday night I used it in a detox bath along with Epsom salts, raw apple cider vinegar, and EO’s mixed in fractionated coconut oil. It was so nice! Yesterday I started taking the bentonite clay internally after I had “bloomed” it per directions. I’m not sure how I feel about taking it internally so far. I have had some tummy issues today. I’m hoping it will dissipate by tomorrow after my body is used to it. I’m also taking Chlorella, which I have not had before. It helps with getting those heavy metals that may have accumulated over time in your body.
I have also been taking my typical supplements; Biocleanse(magnesium), Probio5(probiotic), and MegaX(omega).
My favorite recipe so far has been a blueberry mint quinoa. I have made one breakfast quinoa before, but didn’t care for it. This one had you pulse the quinoa in a blender with the liquid. It made it cook up more like a porridge, which I enjoy!

Here’s the bentonite clay and the chlorella I am taking/using:
Pure Clay – Premium Calcium Bentonite Clay Food Grade Powder – Heavy Metal Detox and Cleanse

Organic Chlorella Tablets Broken Cell Wall Form – 4 Organic Certifications including USDA, Ecocert, Naturland & EU – Maximum CGF (Chlorella Growth Factor) Levels – Perfectly Compliments Spirulina

*I do get minor compensation from these links to the products

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I’m so happy to be here by letting you learn a little about me, my path to healthy eating, healthy lifestyle and of course, to get to know you! I love the online community feel that we are able to have now a days. It’s such a wonderful way to connect and share little bits of our lives.

On this blog I’ll be writing about food, posting recipes, exercise, bits of my daily life, and musings. I also am hoping to start traveling in an RV with my husband, three daughters, dog, and cat. So, I’ll be sharing about this soon! Please bear with me as I am new to blogging and website workings!

I grew up with a large family and I was the oldest daughter. I have always loved babies, food, the outdoors, traveling, and learning. My mother was a hippie at heart and I grew up eating lots of vegetables, smoothies, tofu, and sprouts. She used essential oils before they became popular, homeopathic medicine, and other healing herbs. I learned a lot from her and continue to learn to this day. I fell off the healthy band wagon for awhile when I went off on my own, but soon found my way back. I feel so much better eating clean and exercising than when I’m not.

I was a massage therapist for twelve years and loved helping people feel better. From there  I decided to become a labor doula and then I became a home birth midwife and RN. Currently, I am staying at home with my three precious daughters and loving the little things in life, taking it day by day. I now have time to do some creative activities like blogging and cooking.