Friday, January 17, 2014

Working Out The Mind and #RECIPEFRIDAY: Healthy Broccoli Soup

This may be my longest blog post title ever. 

So it's finally Friday and...

I'm so excited that I'll get to loaf around this weekend!

I tried baking a loaf in a loafing pan last weekend.
It turned out pretty good :)
Baking and giving.
I made two extra loaves, and gave them away :)


Baking bread has been so therapeutic for me, so much so that...

I look forward to the slowing down, the waiting, and the in-between moments of the process and...

No doubt about it...

I love the learning and creating as I go along!

Can't wait to roll around in some dough ;)

Which brings me to working out the mind, physically...

This week...

I must say that while I was training at the gym, lifting, or doing cardio...

I felt strong both in MIND and body.

Really connecting the two together in my workouts.

If anything...

The mind and body connection that I felt made me feel more present and...

Made me focus that much more in what it is I was doing. (Not that I don't focus normally, but just some added attention. Some more of that 'in the zone-ness'!)

Seeing and feeling the motions.

Without a doubt...

Not only can you workout your body but...

You can also workout your mind too...

Clearing and strengthening as you go along! (It's a great form of release too! If you know what I mean! lol)

Yesterday's workout did my mind lots of good.
And I felt it too ;)
I felt pumped up.


Let's get to feeding our body and mind now that we've 'trained' it shall we ;) hehe

I made this broccoli soup this past weekend.

SuperFit loves a good soup, so I turned a classic broccoli soup, into one that was healthier (as per our dietary requirements, which are different for everyone), and good for you. (That's for YOU LC hehe)


Easy and Healthy Broccoli Soup

by *CaNdY FiT*
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30-60 minutes (optional)
Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peel and cubed
  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups of broccoli, chopped with stem
  • 2 cups of low sodium chicken broth (feel free to use vegetable broth)
  • 1 1/2 cups non-fat milk
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large pot, over medium high heat, add your oil
  2. Once hot, add in your onion until slightly softened
  3. Add your cubed potatoes (I microwaved my peeled potato first until it was slightly soft before cubing), and broccoli
  4. Toss and turn
  5. Add in your broth and milk next
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste
  7. Bring your soup to a boil, then reduce heat to low
  8. Cover and simmer for about 35 minutes
  9. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes
  10. Once slightly cooled, transfer the soup to a blender, and blend until smooth (this will about 2 or 3 transfers)
  11. Return soup back to pot, over low heat, let simmer a little while longer, and serve.

  • Feel free to add croutons or bread pieces to top. (I added my own homemade croutons to top from the bread I made)
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Have a great weekend everyone!

Questions FU You...

Does working out your body, workout your mind too? Do you feel it?
Plans for the weekend?

Things you may have missed this week:

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  1. Yes! I totally know what you mean by working out the mind and the body. A lot of my workouts test the strength of my mind, often more than my body as I am pushing past such a high pain barrier. It feels so good after when you know they both worked in tune! Glad you had a great soup! It looks yummy! I love broccoli soup! Good idea!

  2. I most definitely feel the body mind connection when I workout. It's one of the reasons I like to workout in the morning. I'm mentally and physically ready for the day ahead.

    Another great recipe Kierston :)

  3. ok i need to try this! i LOVE broccoli soup and i love your healthy spin on it :)

  4. i baked bread this week and thought of you! work out the mind and the body!

  5. You read my mind- I was just thinking I need to try a broccoli soup since my daughter won't eat broccoli any other way. Love that yours has sweet potato in it!

  6. THIS LOOKS SO GOOD! I would have never thought of adding a sweet potato! Great idea!

  7. That's some greeeeeen soup! My plans for the weekend are laying low on Saturday and then a 1/2 marathon Sun morning.

  8. Kiersten, I love everything about this post. I am a HUGE bread baker and have been meaning to tell you that you are so awesome for having started this and your loaves are absolutely beautiful, and I want to start a bakery with you. (My post today on KIN confirms it!) Also, this soup looks amazing and I must make it this weekend or early in the week.

    Lastly, the mental component of training is something I'm always exploring and in which I need to grow the most. I am working on a post - or possibly a series - exploring what I feel is an important component to consider very carefully when tending to your mental training/motivation sources. More on that next week!!

    Have a great weekend. Here, I have a long run of 15 miles to do and we are headed to Detroit for the Auto Show. Zoom-zoom!

  9. Sounds yUM!! I am not a bread gal anymore unless it's GLuten Free! hiint hint ;)

  10. look at those guns you've got!!! I really need to start working harder on mine

  11. I've said this before, and I will say it again. I just cannot get over your delicious gun show! ;)

    Oh and this is weird but I cannot eat broccoli because it makes me tired!!! Odd right?

  12. Ugh, I am so jealous of your guns!!! How can I get my arms to look like that??

    And that broccoli soup looks fantastic. Have fun loafing around this weekend :)

  13. I love the simplicity of this! Proof that you don't need fancy to taste good. Yum!

  14. Normally I refuse to eat cooked broccoli... but I think this sweet potato sold me!

  15. Loving it all especially the bread!!! :)

  16. This looks delicious. Thanks for a recipe that I can make vegan. :-)

  17. I love that you added sweet potato to thicken this recipe right up! Very cool idea. I've heard baking bread can be very therapeutic! Michael Pollan goes into it a lot in his latest book "Cooked".


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